New research may draw a ‘curtain of fire’ on dinosaur extinction theory

New research may draw a ‘curtain of fire’ on dinosaur extinction theory. The role volcanic activity played in mass extinction events in the Earth’s early history is likely to have been much less severe than previously thought, according to a

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Astronomers spot most distant object in the solar system, could point to other rogue planets

  Astronomers have found the most distant object ever in our solar system, three times farther away than Pluto. The dwarf planet, which has been designated V774104, is between 500 and 1000 kilometers across. It will take another year before

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Meteorite impacts can create DNA building blocks

A new study has shown that meteorite impacts on ancient oceans may have created nucleobases and amino acids. Researchers from Tohoku University, National Institute for Materials Science and Hiroshima University discovered this after conducting impact experiments simulating a meteorite hitting

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Main Belt Asteroid in March Collision

The main-belt asteroid (493) Griseldis was probably hit by another object last March. The results were reported on November 12 at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society near Washington, DC. Observations taken

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Newfound Moon Craters Point to Asteroid Puzzle

Newfound lunar craters suggest that asteroids that smashed into the moon long ago were very different from the ones that now occupy the asteroid belt, researchers say. Solving this asteroid mystery could yield answers regarding the habitability of the early

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Secondhand Spacecraft Has Firsthand Asteroid Experience

The NEOWISE mission hunts for near-Earth objects (NEOs) using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft. Funded by NASA’s NEO Observations Program, the NEOWISE mission uses images taken by the spacecraft to look for asteroids and comets, providing a rich

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Historic Rosetta mission to end with crash into comet

A year since a probe called Philae made history by touching down on a comet, the team that pulled off the feat is plotting a different kind of landing. Next September, the European Space Agency will crash Philae’s mothership Rosetta

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CubeSats to an asteroid

The five CubeSat concepts to be studied to accompany ESA’s proposed Asteroid Impact Mission into deep space have been selected. The ideas being looked at include taking a close-up look at the composition of the asteroid surface, measuring the gravity

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Artificial Object in Trans-lunar Orbit to Impact Earth on November 13

Get ready for a man-made fireball. A object discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on Oct 3rd temporarily designated WT1190F is predicted to impact the Earth about 60 miles (100 km) of the southern coast of Sri Lanka around 6:20 Universal

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Halloween Skies to Include Dead Comet Flyby

Scientists observing asteroid 2015 TB145 with NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, have determined that the celestial object is more than likely a dead comet that has shed its volatiles after numerous passes around the sun. The

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