asteroids

The 600,000 Asteroids That We've Discovered So Far Is One Scary View

Looking at this animation — which shows the discovery locations of around 600,000 asteroids spotted in the inner solar system since 1980 — it seems like a miracle that we’re still around. It’s incredible to see how the number detected has increased so rapidly in recent years thanks to new tracking technology.


Stadium-Sized 'Beast' Asteroid Will Nearly* Smash Into Earth Tomorrow

Asteroid 2014 HQ 124, aka “The Beast”, is a gridiron stadium-sized behemoth, estimated at nearly 400m wide. And tomorrow, it’s going to come perilously close to our beloved home planet. How close? Just a mere 1.25 million kilometres away. In space terms, that’s about as close as it gets.


Watch Astronauts Practice Drilling An Asteroid Underwater

Training for the imminent mission to an asteroid has begun in Houston, and it looks like fun. On Friday, astronauts Stan Love and Steve Bowen jumped in NASA’s 40-foot-deep pool to try out a new suit design and several tools that could be used on the asteroid mission slated for the 2020s. Thank God they took a camera down with them.


Map Reveals All Asteroid Impacts From 2000 To 2013

There have been 26 asteroid impacts recorded from 2000 to 20013 by the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation’s infrasound detection network. Our friend Félix Pharand-Deschênes sent us this graphic showing the atmospheric impact points. It demonstrates that they’re more common and dangerous, than we would like to believe.


Watch Where 26 Asteroids Recently Slammed Into Earth

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Detection Network usually used to monitor for covert nuclear weapons testing serves an alternative use in its spare time: it detects asteroid impacts. This video visualises the data it’s managed to collect since 2000.


NASA: The Only Thing Stopping A City-Destroying Asteroid Is Blind Luck

So you know how we all kind of thought that our odds of getting destroyed by an asteroid were remarkably low? Yeah, that was wrong. According to new research, the odds of a large-scale asteroid impact are actually three to ten times higher than we thought. And the only thing stopping total and utter destruction? Sheer, dumb luck.


Astronomers Found A Minor Planet With A Ring System Like Saturn's

For the first time ever, astronomers have identified a small planet with a ring system. They previously thought that such a phenomenon could only happen on large planets like Saturn and Jupiter. But this special space rock, known as 10199 Chariklo, is a small planet called a Centaur.


Nine-Year-Old Debates Asteroid Destruction With Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Seriously, folks, you need to watch nine-year-old Jacob debating about how to deflect or destroy asteroids that may hit Earth with Cosmos‘ host Neil de Grasse Tyson. The non-Newtonian fluid line is pure gold.


NASA: 30m Asteroid Will Fly By Earth Today Closer Than The Moon

Surprise! NASA just issued a last-minute asteroid notice: Today, a 30m asteroid called 2014 DX110 is going to fly by Earth closer than the moon. The closest point will be about 350,000km at around 8am AEDT.


How NASA's Plan To Capture An Asteroid Is Crucial To Human Survival

NASA is committed to grab an asteroid and put it into lunar orbit in the next decade, using a robotic system to put a 12 metre rock into a space shopping bag, and then tow it to the Moon. This apparently useless mission is actually crucial to the survival of humankind.