Near Earth Objects

Massive Asteroid To Fly Dauntingly Close To Earth

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Tech

NASA says that an asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is set to fly dramatically close to Earth later this month. But there's no reason ...

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.

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...

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...

Mysterious 'Second Moon' In Orbit Around Earth Turns Out To Be Man-Made

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Tech

A mysterious 'asteroid' discovered in orbit around Earth that baffled astronomers turns out to be man-made. The strange object identified as '2013 ...

This Is The 10,000th Space Rock Discovered Perilously Close To Earth

Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Tech

In 1898 we knew of one galactic object hurtling through space scarily close to Earth - now Nasa have identified 10,000. The huge number of near-Ea...

PICS: This Camera Could Save The Earth

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Tech

Nasa has made a breakthrough in its quest for a reliable way to spot deadly asteroids before they cause harm on Earth. A new camera sensor which ca...

UN Summit On Deadly Asteroids

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Tech

The United Nations has held high-level discussions about the threat of asteroids and meteors after last week's bombardment in Russia. According to ...