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Category / Asteroids

‘Armageddon’-style asteroid will now not destroy human race, sorry

This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable’s ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books. Some days are so damaging to your faith in humanity, you may find yourself idly wishing for the cleansing global firestorm that would follow an impact from the...CONTINUE READING

NASA spacecraft captures first images of the asteroid it will soon land on

A NASA probe speeding through the solar system has captured its first image of the asteroid Bennu, which the space agency will try to land on in 2020. Once that happens, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is designed to collect up to 4.4 pounds of ancient space rock, seal the minerals in a capsule, and blast the...CONTINUE READING

That interstellar visitor from another solar system wasn’t an asteroid after all

Scientists spotted a strange object flying through the solar system last year. It looked skinny, like a cigar, and may have been a quarter-mile in length. They named it `Oumuamua, Hawaiian for “messenger from afar,” and after analyzing its trajectory, were sure it arrived from a distant solar system. At first, scientists suspected it was...CONTINUE READING

That interstellar asteroid probably came from a solar system with two suns

Remember the interstellar asteroid that zipped through our solar system last year? It likely came from a very alien place.  According to a new study, the asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua, probably came from a solar system with two stars. SEE ALSO: An interstellar asteroid has been studied for the 1st time… and it looks really odd...CONTINUE READING

A group of scientists will listen for alien signals coming from that interstellar asteroid

In October, an oddly-shaped asteroid that came from interstellar space shot through our solar system.  On Wednesday, scientists will point a large radio telescope toward it as it continues to hurtle through space millions of miles away. Why? It’s all in the name of searching for alien life.  Researchers working with the alien-hunting Breakthrough Listen...CONTINUE READING
Category:Asteroids, Science, Space

An interstellar asteroid has been studied for the 1st time… and it looks really odd

In October, astronomers using a powerful telescope in Hawaii caught sight of something they’d never seen before: an asteroid from interstellar space hurtling through our solar system.  Now, about a month later, we have some sense of what that far-flung object looks like, and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen in our solar system.  According to...CONTINUE READING

A spacecraft on the way to sample an asteroid snapped this remarkable photo of Earth

A spacecraft on a mission to bite off a piece of an asteroid just flew past Earth, snapping a photo of our home planet along the way.  NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to get to the asteroid Bennu next year, but on Friday, about one year after its launch, the spacecraft slingshotted around Earth to...CONTINUE READING

NASA concept video shows how we might save Earth from rogue asteroids

We’ve all seen those blockbuster movies in which scientists lay out complicated, risky plans to save Earth from an incoming asteroid. And those plans are almost always dependent on a bit of luck.  But what would really happen in real life?  NASA thinks it has an answer, and the space agency demonstrated that solution in...CONTINUE READING
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