asteroids

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.


All Of Earth's Water Comes From Space

If there’s one thing that makes our home planet special — other than the presence of you and me — it’s water. This is The Blue Marble after all. But for something that’s so characteristically Earth-y, its origins are positively extra-terrestrial.


The Naked Metal Core Of A Dead Planet Is Circling The Sun

You know about those plans to visit an asteroid in the next few years? Well, a select group of astronauts would like to sweeten the deal. Why visit a regular asteroid, when there’s a planet’s solid metal floating up there and it’s likely magnetic?


Watch A Huge, Newly Discovered Asteroid Almost Graze Earth

This beautiful tracking video shows Asteroid 2013 XY8 buzzing our planet on Tuesday night. It’s estimated to be up to 70m across, more than three times the size of the Chelyabinsk asteroid that caused havoc earlier this year. And we only discovered it four days ago. This could’ve gotten hairy.


Japan Successfully Tests Asteroid-Shattering Space Cannon

You have to crawl before you can walk — be you a baby or an asteroid-blasting space cannon. Now, after a successful test-fire here on Earth, Japan’s specially made cannon for its Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is ready to take its first, real steps in outer space.


The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Humanity's First Asteroid Lander

While NASA’s asteroid-capturing mission remains grounded from a lack of US Congressional funding, a similar and equally ambitious European Space Agency (ESA) program is nearing fruition. In the coming months, the Rosetta spacecraft and its integrated Philae probe will become the first man-made objects to not only orbit an asteroid but land on it as well. Here’s how they’ll do it.