NASA’s Hubble Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets

Mar 29
The NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed the comet C/2013 A1 on March 11, 2014. The telescope wasn’t able to see the icy nucleus of the comet because it was really small. The C/2103 A1 nucleus is surrounded by a dust cloud, also called COMA.     Thanks to the image processing tecniques it was possible to remove the glow of the coma. The modified image shows two jets of dust from the nucleus going in

A new ambitious mission for NASA: Catching a NEO

Mar 28
NASA’s new project is just one step forward to the main aim: getting humans to Mars. The asteroid-capture mission will be realized thanks to a robotic spacecraft. NASA scientists have identified some asteroids that could be captured and trailed into an orbit around the moon. There the astronauts could visit and sample the asteroid. The space agency would launch this “robotic” mission by 2025. As the NASA chief Charles Boden said this is one leap

A meteorite light up the lunar night

Feb 24
It was the largest impact observed on our Moon when an automated system in Seville (Spain) picked-up a flash during the night of September 11, 2013. It took about eight seconds to fade. According to the University of Huelva, it was undoubtedly the result of a rock crashing into the lunar surface. J. M. Madiedo saw the footage of the strike once the telescope´s software had processed the impact. The flash produced by the impact

Accidents and asteroids: an interview with Alan Harris

Feb 22
It was February 15, 2013 when the biggest explosion in the Earth since the 1908 took place over the city of Chelyabinsk. According to Alan Harris, Senior Scientist at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin «It was a pretty nasty event, […] it just shows the sort of force that these things have». Every day NEOs hit our planet but, fortunately, without representing a concrete threat. Thanks to the establishment of a group