Near Earth Objects

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 ...