Asteroids

Astronauts to Reveal Sobering Data on Asteroid Impacts

by Jason Major April 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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Why the Asteroid Belt Doesn’t Threaten Spacecraft

by Brian Koberlein March 12, 2014

When you think of the asteroid belt, you probably imagine a region of rock and dust, with asteroids as far as the eye can see.  Such a visual has been popularized in movies, where spaceships must swerve left and right to avoid collisions.  But a similar view is often portrayed in more scientific imagery, such […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – March 7, 2014: Cosmos Premiere & NASA Budget

by Fraser Cain March 7, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain Astrojournalists: David Dickinson, Matthew Francis, Casey Dreier, Jason Major, Brian Koberlein, Alan Boyle This week’s stories: Alan Boyle (@b0yle, cosmiclog.com ): Cosmos premiere! David Andrew Dickinson (@astroguyz): Watch the Close Pass of NEO 2014 DX110 Daylight Saving time: A Spring Forward or a Step Back? A Natural Planetary Defense Against Solar Storms […]

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Hubble Telescope Watches Asteroid Disintegrate in Space

by Nancy Atkinson March 6, 2014

Back in 2010, astronomers discovered an asteroid that was breaking apart due to a head-on collision with another asteroid. But now they have seen an asteroid break apart – with no recent collision required. Asteroid P/2013 R3 appears to be crumbling apart in space, and astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope recently saw the asteroid […]

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Watch a Car-Sized Asteroid Slam Into the Moon

by Nancy Atkinson February 24, 2014

Hey, all you astro-photographers/videographers out there: were you shooting the Moon back on September 11, 2013? You may want to review your footage and see if you captured a bright flash which occurred at about 20:07 GMT. Astronomers say a meteorite with the mass of a small car slammed into the Moon at that time […]

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