Surprise: Earth Is Hit By a Lot More Asteroids Than You Thought

by Jason Major April 22, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter “The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.” – Ed Lu, B612 Foundation CEO and former […]

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Ancient Martian Life May Be Preserved in Glass

by Jason Major April 18, 2014

When large asteroids or comets strike the Earth — as they have countless times throughout our planet’s history — the energy released in the event creates an enormous amount of heat, enough to briefly melt rock and soil at the impact site. That molten material quickly cools, trapping organic material and bits of plants and preserving them inside […]

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

by Bob King April 17, 2014

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 view. Remove this ad

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Weekly Space Hangout – February 21, 2014: Two-Man Show!

by Fraser Cain February 20, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Astrojournalist: Morgan Rehnberg ( / @cosmic_chatter) This Week’s Stories: Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Happy 1st Anniversary Chelyabinsk! The Fireball that Woke Up the World

by Bob King February 15, 2014

Wonder and terror. Every time I watch the dashcam videos of the Chelyabinsk fireball it sends chills down my spine. One year ago today, February 15, 2013, the good citizens of Chelyabinsk, Russia and surrounding towns collectively experienced these two powerful emotions as they witnessed the largest meteorite fall in over 100 years.  Remove this […]

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