Imagine a truck, speeding down the freeway. Flying in the opposite direction is a mosquito. Smack. The mosquito collides with the truck’s fender, vaporizing. All that’s left is the gooey remains of the mosquito’s lunch across the chrome and the rest is lost into the howling wind behind the vehicle.
Archive for the ‘Asteroids’ Category
An asteroid as strong as 15 atomic bombs whizzed past earth last night at just ten times the distance of the moon.
Astronomers first spotted the cigar-shaped rock spinning through space on Monday evening and tracked it.
The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) clocked 19 near-Earth asteroids during the night of 29 January, setting a record for the most number of asteroids discovered in one night.
Social networking has never before made me feel quite so vulnerable to space rocks!
A few days ago on Feb. 9th, I received a tweet advising me that asteroid 2011 CA7 had just shot between the Earth and moon at a distance of only 0.3 lunar distances — or 115,300km!
At 4:33 a.m. on a recent Friday, Timothy Spahr was startled awake by a beep from his cellphone: A text message alerted him that a rocky object was hurtling toward Earth. He told his wife it was “some asteroid thing’’ and went to check his computer.
Whether you fear an asteroid hitting the earth in the next few decades depends on how much faith you have in the odds.
The latest end-of-the-world space oddity concerns Apophis, an asteroid larger than two football fields.
An asteroid that once was seen as a danger to the Earth may soon be a once-in-a-century opportunity to get a close look at one – and learn more about the ones that really are a hazard.
Using a small telescope atop Mount Bigelow, University of Arizona astronomer Steve Larson found a rare phenomenon in the night sky – an asteroid that suddenly developed a tail.
An early warning system that could give Earth a week’s notice or more before a space rock destroyed a city would cost only $1 million per observatory, its leading proponent suggests.
Astronomer reveals plans for a network of telescopes that could give up to three weeks’ warning of a city-destroying impact.
Purdue University on Wednesday (Nov. 3) unveiled ”Impact: Earth!” a new website that allows anyone to calculate the potential damage a comet or asteroid would cause if it hit the Earth.
A large asteroid smashing into the Pacific ocean would devastate the ozone layer for years afterwards, report planetary scientists.
If an asteroid were on a collision course with Earth, would we be ready to defend against its destructive impact or would we be helpless and defenseless?
A colossal asteroid that struck South Australia during a glacial cold snap 590 million years ago may have triggered the evolution of Earth’s earliest complex organisms, Australian geologists reported.
A new report calls on NASA to establish a Planetary Defense Coordination Office to lead national and international efforts in protecting Earth against impacts by asteroids and comets.
A United Nations working group is currently looking into how the Organization should respond to possible threats to the planet from near-earth objects, such as asteroids, a senior official with the world body said today.
If we discover an asteroid heading directly towards Earth, are we ready to deal with the challenges of either deflection strategies or an evacuation prior to impact? Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart has spent years championing the need for the human race to prepare for what will certainly happen one day: an asteroid threat to Earth.
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research use the unique perspective from the Rosetta spacecraft to put a date on impact
It was a case of celestial hit and run. Two asteroids, both in the wrong place at the wrong time. The result: one big trail of debris and a case of mistaken identity. Now, however, ESA’s comet-chaser Rosetta has unravelled the truth.