Asteroids
Astronomers define the 'really habitable zone': Planets capable of producing gin and tonic  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate. Absence of... more
#SpaceConnectsUs replay  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:00:00 Asteroid Day and the European Space Agency connected Europe and the world with astronauts, scientists and performers bringing a message of hope and support for those facing the global Coronavirus... more
Planetary defenders validate asteroid deflection code  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continue to validate their ability to accurately simulate how they might deflect an Earth-bound asteroid in a study that will be published in the April issue of... more
Simulation: Dust could have spread evenly over Earth after Chicxulub asteroid strike  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Two researchers, one with the Planetary Science Institute, the other Imperial College, have created a simulation that they believe shows how dust could have... more
New Pterosaur Fossils Unearthed in Morocco  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Paleontologists have uncovered the remains of three species of fish-eating toothed pterosaurs in the Cretaceous-period Kem Kem beds of Morocco. Pterosaurs were Earth’s first... more
Scientists observe superconductivity in meteorites  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists at UC San Diego and Brookhaven Laboratory in New York went searching for superconducting materials where researchers have had little luck before. Setting their sights on a diverse population of meteorites, they investigated the 15 pieces of... more
Image: Bennu in unprecedented detail  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This global map of asteroid Bennu's surface is a mosaic of images collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft between Mar. 7 and Apr. 19, 2019. A total of 2,155 PolyCam images were stitched together and corrected to produce the... more
Comet ATLAS may put on quite a show  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A comet called Atlas is currently heading toward the sun, and it just might put on a really good show in a couple of months. Discovered last December by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact... more
Giant 'potentially hazardous' asteroid will fly safely by Earth in April  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A large and "potentially hazardous" asteroid is poised to fly by Earth next month, but don't worry — it poses no threat to Earth. more
Initial findings of artificial impact on asteroid Ryugu  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A large team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions across Japan has revealed the age of the asteroid Ryugu and other characteristics by firing a copper ball at its surface. In their... more
Darkness, not cold, likely responsible for dinosaur-killing extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
New research finds soot from global fires ignited by an asteroid impact could have blocked sunlight long enough to drive the mass extinction that killed most life on Earth, including the dinosaurs,... more
'Wonderchicken' fossil from Belgium reveals dawn of modern birds  REUTERS · 3 weeks
A fossil unearthed in Belgium dubbed the "Wonderchicken" is providing a rare glimpse into the early evolution of... more
Asteroid Ryugu likely link in planetary formation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The solar system formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago. Numerous fragments that bear witness to this early era orbit the sun as asteroids. Around three-quarters of these are carbon-rich C-type asteroids, such as 162173... more
Mars Express Sees Intriguing Geological Features in Moreux Crater  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
The High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has captured stunning images of Moreux crater, a... more
Lunar Gateway: Earth’s guard post against asteroids?  ESA · 4 weeks
Humankind’s next space outpost, the lunar Gateway, will serve as a staging point to reach the surface of the Moon. A new... more
First official names given to features on asteroid Bennu  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Asteroid Bennu's most prominent boulder, a rock chunk jutting out 71 ft (21.7 m) from the asteroid's southern hemisphere, finally has a name. The boulder—which is so large that it... more
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