Two new telescopes could help NASA find 90% of potentially hazardous asteroids

Apr 14
A study has found that using a combination of ground-based and space-based telescopes would significantly increase the discovery rate of potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs). NASA is legally required to identify at least 90% of asteroids that are 140+ metres in size and that could pose a danger to Earth. When the law was passed by the US Congress a decade ago, the space agency was given a deadline of 2020 to reach that target; however,

How Near-Earth Asteroids Meet Their Fate: New Research A Game Changer

Apr 08
A study conducted by an international research group has found that asteroids meet their fate much farther from the Sun than previously thought. For decades, astronomers believed that the majority of near-Earth asteroids came to the same fiery end: somewhere along the line, they would plunge into the Sun and be destroyed. Now scientists have reached a different conclusion: most NEAs break up long before they reach our central star. Mikael Gravnik of the University

Drilling Into Chicxulub Crater Begins

Apr 06
An expedition to drill into the Chicxulub Crater, believed to be the impact site of an asteroid that wiped out non-avian dinosaurs, is now under way just off the coast of Mexico. Researchers will make a bid to access the crater’s rock, the key parts of which are buried beneath 600m of ocean sediment. If successful, scientists could discover more about the scale of the impact and the consequences the collision had on our planet’s

Gas Giant Jupiter Struck by Space Rock

Apr 04
Jupiter, the giant of our solar system, has just taken a beating from a space rock, and amateur astronomers have captured the impact on camera. Amateur astronomer John McKeon caught a time-lapse of an object colliding with Jupiter whilst he was trying to record the transit of the planet’s moons. “The original purpose of the imaging session was to get this time-lapse, with a happy coincidence of the impact in the second, last capture of the