Asteroids

Ceres and Vesta Converge in Virgo, Watch it Happen With Just Binoculars

by Bob King April 17, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Don’t let them pass you by. Right now and continuing through July, the biggest and brightest asteroids will be running on nearly parallel tracks in the constellation Virgo and so close together they’ll easily fit in the same binocular field of […]

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Astronauts to Reveal Sobering Data on Asteroid Impacts

by Jason Major April 16, 2014

This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network, to be unveiled by B612 Foundation CEO […]

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Asteroid That Dwarfed Dinosaur-Killer Punched Earth 3 Billion Years Ago, Study Says

by Elizabeth Howell April 10, 2014

Early in Earth’s history, a killer asteroid smashed a hole in our planet about 300 miles (500 kilometers) wide, which is greater than the driving distance between Washington and New York City, a new study says. The space rock set off a cycle of destruction that sounds like your worst nightmares. That one reported collision […]

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Surprise! Asteroid Hosts A Two-Ring Circus Above Its Surface

by Elizabeth Howell March 26, 2014

Rings are a tough phenomenon to spot. As late as 1977, astronomers thought that the only thing in the solar system with rings was the planet Saturn. Now, we can add the first asteroid to the list of ringed bodies nearby us. The asteroid 10199 Chariklo hosts two rings, perhaps due to a collision that caused a […]

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Happy Equinox! – A Perfect Time See the Zodiacal Light

by Bob King March 20, 2014

Welcome to the first day of spring! If you have a clear night between now and April 1, celebrate the new season with a pilgrimage to the countryside to ponder the eerie glow of the zodiacal light. Look for a large, diffuse, tapering cone of light poking up from the western horizon between 90 minutes […]

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