Comets and Asteroids

by / on January 14, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth

January 10, 2018, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Two wayward space rocks, which separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system’s asteroid belt for billions of years, share something else in common: the ingredients for life. They are the first meteorites found to contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds such as hydrocarbons […]

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by / on January 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Great Pyramid May Contain An ‘Iron Throne’ Made Of Meteorites, Says New Theory

Via Archaeoastronomy professor thinks pharoahs used the throne to travel to the afterlife The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the wonders of the world and is a magnificent feat of ancient architecture. But an Italian professor of archaeoastronomy thinks that it contains something that makes it even more amazing. He believes that the void at the center […]

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by / on December 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA

There are other reasons for visiting asteroids. For one thing, possible collisions with Earth can have devastating effects. The impact of an 15km-wide asteroid approximately 65m years ago is linked to the extinction of the dinosaurs. And the explosion of the 30m-diameter Chelyabinsk asteroid over Russia in 2013 led to injuries and damage on the ground. We need to know as much as possible about the composition and physical make-up of asteroids to devise the best ways to defend our planet.

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by / on November 24, 2017 at 5:53 pm

A huge asteroid called 3200 Phaethon is heading towards Earth and it’s named after a Greek god who almost caused the apocalypse

A huge asteroid called 3200 Phaethon is heading towards Earth and it’s named after a Greek god who almost caused the apocalypse Via It’s named after an ancient god who nearly wiped out humanity – so you be forgiven for feeling pretty nervous to hear about a gigantic three-mile-wide asteroid that’s set to zoom past Earth in December. A […]

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by / on November 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky – Yahoo

Via Yahoo COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was “the glow of 100 full moons” and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite. Same “fireball” from 670km away (416 miles) Finnish experts were scrambling to calculate its trajectory and find where it […]

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by / on October 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Close call: passing asteroid to test Earth’s warning systems

Via Mariëtte Le Roux AFPOctober 10, 2017 Paris (AFP) – A house-size asteroid will give Earth a near-miss Thursday, passing harmlessly inside the Moon’s orbit while giving experts a rare chance to rehearse for a real-life strike threat. Dubbed 2012 TC4, the space rock will shave past at an altitude of less than 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) — just […]

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by / on September 24, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Spaceship chasing an asteroid slingshots past Earth

By Amanda Barnett, CNN Updated 2:59 PM ET, Fri September 22, 2017 (CNN)A spaceship sucessfully zipped by Earth on Friday and used our planet’s gravity to help it pick up speed on its way to explore an asteroid. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx flew about 11,000 miles (17,000 kilometers) above Antarctica at 12:52 p.m. ET. The maneuver, called an Earth gravity assist, pointed […]

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by / on September 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm

The first asteroid mining and resource transaction could take place in space within the next decade

Via Nick Whigham @NWWHIGHAM     IT SOUNDS like a plot to take over the solar system and has authorities worried, but asteroid mining is about to change our pursuit for resources. GLOBAL space experts, astronauts, entrepreneurs, technologists and researchers gathered in Sydney this week to discuss the big business of space mining. As the global economy moves into […]

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by / on May 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

Asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion ‘could transform global economy’ –

NASA scientists are outdoing themselves yet again: by reworking the planned route for a robotic mission to a giant asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion, they’ve managed to cut costs, launch sooner and arrive four years earlier than planned. Not bad.

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by / on December 30, 2016 at 7:27 pm

A comet will fly past Earth on New Year’s Eve.

Via If you’re looking for an extra dose of fireworks this New Year’s Even, look to the skies for the chance to see a comet that only comes around every five years. The comet — named Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková — is set to appear somewhere near the crescent moon on Dec. 31. It won’t be visible to the naked eye, […]

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