Asteroids

Dont Panic! Fireball Over Australia Explained

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech

A huge fireball that was seen over Australia has been finally explained as probably being nothing more than just 'space junk' and not an asteroid. ...

Mysterious Asteroid Found In Sweden May Have Kick-Started Evolution

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech

An asteroid discovered in Sweden is "unlike anything ever found" - and might be a key to unlocking the mystery of how life developed on Earth. The ...

Meteor Explodes Over Devon

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech

An enormous fireball exploding over Devon has been caught on camera, and it's believed to be the largest explosion of its kind to be recorded in the ...

This Is A Near-Earth Asteroid. Its Name Is 'The Beast'. It Is Scary.

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Tech

Nasa has revealed some astonishingly detailed images of a huge near-Earth asteroid nicknamed "the Beast". The 21 pictures were produced using an Ea...

Massive New Crater On Mars Sets A Disturbing New Record

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Tech

Astronomers have set a new record for the largest crater ever documented in a before-after photograph. The new crater was spotted on the surface of...

Avoiding Armageddon

Lembit Opik | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Tech
Lembit Opik

Back in the day when I was an MP, I warned the House of Commons that the chances of an impact by a 'Near Earth Object' - more commonly known as a comet or asteroid - are 100%. Worse still, I claimed the chance of an incoming object large enough to wipe out most, or all, of the human race is also 100%. It's just a matter of 'when.' People laughed, a lot. They thought that this was one wacky campaign too many. One paper showed a picture of me with the title MP to blame for the end of the world. But I knew my ground, as my grandfather, Ernst Öpik, was one of the world's leading astronomers on this subject.

Dark Matter Could Be Pulling Asteroids Into The Path Of The Earth

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Tech

Last week we brought you the news that 26 asteroids have struck the Earth with the power of a nuclear bomb in just 14 years. It gets worse - in som...

Ancient Fossils Discovered Inside Glass Asteroids

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Tech

A series of ancient fossils have been discovered inside an asteroid. But before you get over-excited, no - it's not evidence of some kind of myster...

Massive Asteroid To Hit Earth 'Next Week' Claims Evangelist. Nasa's Advice? 'Pray'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Tech

Pat Robertson says an asteroid big enough to wipe out all life on Earth could hit NEXT WEEK!!! Who's Pat Robertson? Well, he's an American Christia...

'Nuclear Scale' Asteroids Have Struck Earth 26 Times Since 2000

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Tech

More than 26 asteroid strikes more powerful than a nuclear explosion have been recorded since 2000. Some were more powerful - in one case, dozens o...

Another Fireball Explodes Over Russia...

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Tech

Last year a meteor famously exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia, injuring 1,000 people and blanketing the web in amazing videos and pictures of space ...

Mysterious Dwarf Planet Discovered At The Edge Of The Solar System

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Tech

Astronomers have made the amazing discovery of a new dwarf planet at the edge of the Solar System - and the hint is there could be hundreds more. S...

'Fireball' Over Canada Sparks Asteroid Hunt

Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Tech

A massive fireball which streaked across the Canadian sky, lighting up social media, has sparked a mass hunt for the remains of a possible asteroid. ...

Massive Asteroid To Plunge Earth Into (Very Faint) Shadow And Eclipse Bright Star

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Tech

A super-rare phenomenon will dramatically alter the night sky on Thursday, when an asteroid obscures one of the brightest stars from view. Asteroid...

Meteor Hits New Mexico

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Tech

A meteor has been caught on camera burning up in the atmosphere above New Mexico. The video was recorded on March 6th, 2014, near the town of Lamy....

WATCH: Something Just Destroyed This Asteroid And We Don't Know What It Was

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Tech

Astronomers have watched baffled as a mysterious force breaks up an asteroid in deep space. Asteroid P/2013 R3, which is located in the Solar Syste...

WATCH: Huge Asteroid Passes Between Earth And Moon

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Tech

Heads up - another asteroid just flew over the Earth. Asteroid 2014 DX110 passed above our heads from a distance of about 217,000 miles. That s...

WATCH: Massive Moon Meteor Strike Visible From Earth

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Tech

A massive meteor which struck the Moon at more than 37,500 miles-per-hour was caught on video. The asteroid hit the Moon back in September, created...

WATCH: This Is What 100,000 Asteroids Look Like As They Orbit The Sun

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Tech

This is our Solar System. Those things flying around it are asteroids. And yes, you should be scared. This new animation is the work of a group...

You Really Don't Want To Know How Bad We Are At Spotting Asteroids

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Tech

Today in terrifying news about our total inability to spot incoming asteroids, we have a reality check for you. For while the existence of reassuri...

LIVE: Asteroid 2000 EM26 Passes Over Earth

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of three football fields will come uncomfortably close to Earth early Tuesday. The space rock, known as...

How To Bag An Asteroid

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Tech

It's just over a year ago that an asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, with more power than a nuclear bomb, highlighting the dangers posed by n...

GULP: Massive 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid To Fly Over Earth On Monday

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Tech

An asteroid three times the size of a football pitch travelling at 27,000 miles per hour is about to pass close to Earth. And you can watch live on...

This Is Nasa's Plan to Save Earth From Killer Asteroids

Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Tech

What's Nasa doing about Killer Asteroids? Other than telling us to, well, 'pray'? Actually, quite a bit. While we aren't yet able to send up cosmic...

NASA Finds Three New, Massive And 'Coal Black' Near-Earth Asteroids

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Tech

Nasa has reactivated a space telescope only to discover three new, "coal black" asteroids near to the Earth. The re-awoken Wide-field Infrared Surv...