Encounters with Jupiter send asteroid on a bizarre backward spin
by John Timmer, from ArsTechnica.com
Each time it approaches Jupiter, its orbit gets reset.
Jupiter is widely credited with providing Earth with a bit of protection. The immense gravity of the gas giant typically either sucks in asteroids and comets or flings
Did an asteroid trigger ancient tsunamis on Mars?
by Weston Williams, from The Christian Science Monitor
A team of researchers found that certain geological features on the Red Planet indicate that the impact that created the Lomonosov crater may have also created massive waves in an ancient Martian sea.
A team of scientists believes that an asteroid impact at the site of Mars’ Lomonosov crater
Blue fireball lights up sky over Sweden
A very large blue fireball illuminated the sky over Sweden around 20:30 UTC (21:30 CET) on March 20, 2017. The event was so powerful that the whole sky lit up, Swedish All Sky Meteor Network astronomers said.
Credits: Jessica Dellsjö
Images of the event immediately started appearing on social
Ancient Platinum Asteroid Wiped Out Native American Civilization
By Peggy Binette, University of South Carolina No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts — mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger — living some 12,800 years ago suddenly disappeared. However, a discovery of widespread platinum at archaeological sites across the U.S. by three University of South Carolina archaeologists has provided an important clue in solving this enduring mystery. The discovery