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The Tech That Will Save Us From An Apocalyptic Asteroid Looks Awesome

In celebration of World Asteroid Day this week, scientists came out of the woodwork to explain to all the different ways we can prevent an asteroid from causing an Armageddon-level apocalypse.


What The Sky Would Look Like If You Could See All The Asteroids

Here’s a really cool visualisation from astronomer Scott Manley that shows what our sky might look like if we could actually see all the asteroids. Asteroids aren’t visible to the naked eye because they’re too small to register, but Manley was able to reveal the known asteroids and speed them up to exaggerate how they would look in real life.


Japan Plans To Explore Martian Moons With Asteroid-Probing Tech

Countries are scrambling to get to Mars in a good ol’ fashioned space race. But focus might be shifting to the red planet’s two moons. According to reports, Japan announced plans yesterday to bring its asteroid-probing technology to the tiny Martian satellites.


Ancient Asteroid Impacts Boiled The Oceans And Made Life On Earth Hell

Roughly 3.3 billion years ago, Earth’s early life forms were plunged into an unimaginable hell, when a series of massive asteroids smashed into the young planet, vaporising the oceans and scorching the skies.


Welcome To Asteroid War Games, Where Scientists Practice Saving Earth

There’s a 1200-foot asteroid headed straight for the Earth. You’ve got five days to come up with a plan, or go the way of the dinosaurs. This isn’t the script for the Day After Tomorrow sequel — it’s the scenario being war-gamed by a roomful of PhDs as we speak.


Here Are All 556 Asteroids That Bombarded Earth In The Past 20 Years

NASA has released a new map of every single asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere from 1994 to 2013. Although almost all 556 of the asteroids disintegrated harmlessly, this well splattered map shows us exactly how common asteroids strikes are and how often our atmosphere saves our skins.


All The Asteroids Found To Date In One Cool Animated Visualisation

Video: Here’s a cool visualisation that, even knowing how much empty space is out there, still freaks the hell out of me: All the ~600,000 asteroids discovered in the Solar System since 1980 to 2014, animated through time by Scott Manley. Amazing video. Bonus: How Jupiter shepherds them away from us.


NASA Asteroid Defence System Is A Failure, Says Audit

NASA Inspector General Paul Martin has alerted of the awful state of the asteroid defence system, a program mandated by US Congress in 2005 to detect and track at least 90 per cent near-Earth objects greater than 140m in diameter by 2020. This is bad news.


Here's The Rosetta Spacecraft Lining Up Its Asteroid Landing Shot

After a decade of interplanetary travel and a harrowing orbital entry, the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is finally cruising within 50 kilometers of its target, the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko asteroid. To commemorate the momentous event, the Rosetta snapped this selfie with its target in the background. Up next: landing on the rapidly spinning space rock.


An Asteroid Is Set To Skim By Earth On Monday

Keep your eyes peeled: a small asteroid called 2014 RC is set to skim past Earth, over New Zealand, on September 8. It should safely miss the planet — if calculations are correct.


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