Fly-by of Asteroid 2004BL86 Tomorrow

You may have seen the headlines in the past week about Asteroid 2004 BL86, which will pass by our planet in less than 24 hours. Speeding by at almost 35,000 miles per hour, it will pass Earth at a distance

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Scientists say a meteorite could be responsible for Antarctic crater

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered what they believe is the remnants of a meteorite impact site. It was spotted last month by a team of German scientists during their stay at Belgium’s Princess Elizabeth station in East Antarctica. “I looked

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Two km wide crater in Antarctica linked to 2004 meteorite impact

A chance sighting of fractured ice looking like icebergs in what is a flat ice shelf during an aerial survey of Antarctica has led scientists to conclude that it could be the impact site of a massive meteorite. The “crater”

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A close approach

Asteroid (357439) 2004 BL86 is a 650-meters wide potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA).  On 26 Jan. 2015, at 16:20 UT, it will make a close approach to the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of 1.1 million km (3.1 lunar distances). There

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New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction

A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth’s non-avian dinosaurs, according to new

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Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs nearly knocked off mammals

The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs. Metatherian mammals–the extinct relatives of living marsupials

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Preparing for an asteroid strike

ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Last month, experts from ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme and Europe’s national

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Asteroid 2014 UR116, A 400-meter Sized Near-Earth Asteroid, Represents No Threat to the Earth

Some recent press reports have suggested that an asteroid designated 2014 UR116, found on October 27, 2014, at the MASTER-II observatory in Kislovodsk, Russia, represents an impact threat to the Earth. While this approximately 400-meter sized asteroid has a three

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Exploring Comets and Asteroids is an International Endeavor

NASA and space agencies across the globe are opening up new possibilities for space exploration with missions to comets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies. Following NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) spacecraft observations of the

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Meteorite From Mars Contains Alien Biomass (possibly)

Chinese scientists discovered that a meteorite of Martian origin that hit Earth in Morocco in summer 2011, contains signs of water and organic carbon combinations, which may be evidence of extraterrestrial life dating 700,000 years back in time. Meteorite ‘Tissint’

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