Space agencies participated in a week-long NASA exercise in which they tried - and failed - to stop a fictitious asteroid from hitting Europe.
In 2018, an asteroid struck Botswana. Astronomers traced its origins to an ancient space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
On Friday night, the asteroid Apophis will pass by Earth. When it returns in 2029, its orbit may put it on a collision path with some satellites.
The origin of the space rock that killed the dinosaurs has been a mystery. A new study suggests it wasn't an asteroid, but a comet fragment.
The Geminids meteor shower will dominate the skies on Sunday night with bright, colourful shooting stars. Since the new moon will be totally dark, it won’t outshine smaller Geminids. That could make this the year’s best meteor shower. Unlike most meteor showers, which come from comet dust, the Geminids are […]
Japan’s Hayabusa-2 mission bombed an asteroid in order to scoop up rock and dust from below its surface. The spacecraft dropped the asteroid material into the Australian outback on Saturday. That made Japan the first nation to collect samples from below the surface of a space rock. NASA just collected […]
Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is set to deliver a sample of rock and dust from asteroid Ryugu to Earth on Saturday. Hayabusa-2 blasted the asteroid with a bullet in 2019. The “treasure box” it’s bringing back holds the world’s first sample from below the surface of an asteroid. Studying this space […]
NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft recently touched down on an asteroid called Bennu and sucked up a sample from its surface. The probe has been orbiting Bennu for two years. Now its data shows that Bennu is hollow. The space rock is spinning rapidly, pushing its material out toward its surface. It […]
NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft captured an estimated 2 pounds of material from the asteroid Bennu, where it recently landed. The spacecraft collected so much alien dust and rock, in fact, that it couldn’t close its sample-collection tool. So mission controllers raced to stow the sample to stop asteroid dust from leaking […]
NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft briefly landed on an asteroid called Bennu on Tuesday to collect samples of its rock. But now a valve on the probe’s sample-collecting arm won’t close, and the bits of asteroid it grabbed are floating away. The team is frantically trying to store the asteroid dust in […]
NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft landed on an asteroid to suck up a sample of rock and dust on Tuesday. New video footage shows the tricky operation, including the six seconds that it touched the asteroid’s surface and blew nitrogen gas to send up a flurry of alien rock. Mission controllers must […]
NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft landed on an asteroid called Bennu and collected samples of its rock on Tuesday. The probe, which is the size of a 15-passenger van, manoeuvred around hazardous boulder fields to reach its small landing zone. NASA does not yet know whether Osiris-Rex scooped up enough rock. If […]
An asteroid has a slim chance of entering the Earth’s atmosphere on November 2. That’s one day before the US election. Because of its small size, the asteroid, dubbed 2018VP1, would burn off while hurtling toward the planet. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. An asteroid has a slim […]
On November 30, 1954, an Alabama woman, Ann Hodges, was struck by a meteorite while taking a nap. The meteorite crashed through the roof of her home in Sylacauga, Alabama, struck a radio, and then hit Hodges on her hip. Overnight, Hodges became a celebrity as word of her strange […]
The massive asteroid that struck present-day Mexico 66 million years ago contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs and 75% of life on Earth. A new study shows that the asteroid hit at “one of the deadliest possible angles.” Because it struck at a 60-degree angle, the impact released billions […]
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The Geminids meteor shower peaks on Friday night, sending up to 120 multicoloured meteors across the night sky per hour. Because the moon will be almost full, only the brightest and most colourful meteors will be visible, however. Unlike most meteor showers, which come from comet dust, the Geminids are […]