Rosetta’s first glance to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko

May 09

After a 10-years-long travel through the Solar system Rosetta will finally arrive at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko the next August. «Finally seeing our target after a 10 year journey through space is an incredible feeling» said Holger Sierks, OSIRIS Principal Investigator from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany.

OSIRIS is one of the 11 Rosetta’s science instruments essential to analyze the comet’s geology, gravity, mass, shape, and

A possible meteor shower in may

May 08

Camelopardalis shower
(Image: NASA Science)

«We have no idea what the comet was doing in the 1800s. There could be a great meteor shower or a complete dud» affirmed Dr. Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteroid Environment Office.

The May Camelopardalis shower is caused by dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR. It would be the first time after more than 200 years. As

Itokawa: a rare collision of two different objects

May 06

Itokawa is partly compact with relatively high specific density, while the other is rather porous, which means low specific density. These are the findings of an international team of scientists, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen. This is the first time that scientists managed to catch a glimpse into the inner life of an asteroid.

On the importance of prevention

Apr 23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EZvGL1KvIw

(Video: B612 Foundation)

The B612 Foundation has realized a graphic representation of asteroids which hit Earth between 2000 and 2013. The video shows the places where NEAs impacted and it has been released in occasion of the Earth Day on April 22, 2014.

Luckily, many asteroids exploded in the atmosphere without injuring people. This clip displays how intense the energy generated by asteroids was and inform