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.

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The team’s drilling platform, Myrtle [Image credit: D. Smith/ECORD/IODP]

Researchers will make a bid to access the crater’s rock, the key parts of which are buried beneath 600m of ocean sediment. If

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.

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A still showing the bright impact flash on Jupiter – March 17th 2016 [Image credit: John McKeon]

Amateur astronomer John McKeon caught a time-lapse of an object colliding with Jupiter whilst he was trying to record the

Earth Impact Database

Mar 24

Check out the PASSC’s Earth Impact Database for a comprehensive list of confirmed impact structures from around the world. Impact structures are outlined on maps of Africa, Asia & Russia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America, as well as on a map of the world. A total of 188 database entries can be sorted by name, age and diameter. [Database managed by the Planetary and Space Science Centre, University of New

Twin comets to buzz past Earth

Mar 21

Two comets, thought to be twins, will safely pass Earth today and tomorrow. Comet 252P/LINEAR will fly by Earth on 21st March at 1:14 GMT, zipping past our planet at a distance of 3.3 million miles (5.2 million kilometres), whilst comet P/2016 BA14 will pass us on 22nd March at around 3:30 GMT at a distance of around 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometres). Comet P/2016 BA14 was discovered at the end of January by