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Asteroid 'time capsules' may help explain how life started on Earth

Added: 17.02.2018 18:48 | 0 views | 0 comments

In popular culture, asteroids play the role of apocalyptic threat, get blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs -- and offer an extraterrestrial source for mineral mining. But for one researcher, asteroids play an entirely different role: that of time capsules showing what molecules originally existed in our solar system. Having that information gives scientists the starting point they need to reconstruct the complex pathway that got life started on Earth.

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Astronomers Spot Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster in Flight

Added: 17.02.2018 15:25 | 1 views | 0 comments

Astronomers using the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope on Mauna Loa in Hawaii have captured images of the Tesla Roadster launched into space as part of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy test. ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being funded by NASA and developed by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. It [...]


Interstellar Asteroid Oumuamua Had Violent Past, Say Researchers

Added: 12.02.2018 14:22 | 1 views | 0 comments

1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua, the first asteroid of extrasolar origin identified in our Solar System, has had a violent past which is causing it to tumble around chaotically, according to an international team of astronomers led by Queen’s University Belfast. In October 2017, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai’i picked up a faint point of light [...]


We should use nukes to deflect asteroids, says astro algorithm

Added: 12.02.2018 8:24 | 4 views | 0 comments

We've never had to deflect an incoming asteroid before it hits Earth, so how do we know the best way to do it? An algorithm says nuclear weapons are the most effective

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'Oumuamua: 'space cigar's' tumble hints at violent past

Added: 11.02.2018 2:53 | 7 views | 0 comments

The 'Oumuamua asteroid from outside our Solar System was involved in a collision, a study finds.

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NASA is keeping tabs on Elon Musk's Tesla roadster

Added: 10.02.2018 16:30 | 1 views | 0 comments

Astronomers aim to keep tabs on everything up in the night sky. A NASA database includes our solar system's eight planets and their moons, more than 755,000 asteroids, 3,500 comets -- and, as of this week, one cherry red sports car that belonged to a Silicon Valley billionaire.


A house-size asteroid just made a rare close pass by Earth

Added: 09.02.2018 17:23 | 1 views | 0 comments

Space rocks buzz by us all the time, but we don't get many of this size invading our orbital space more than a few times a year.

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Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

Added: 09.02.2018 14:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

The asteroid, up to 40m in size and only discovered five days ago, passes by on Friday.

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Two Asteroids Flew Safely Past Earth This Week

Added: 09.02.2018 14:16 | 1 views | 0 comments

2018 CC and 2018 CB — two small asteroids recently discovered by NASA-funded astronomers — safely flew past our planet this week. Asteroid 2018 CC is estimated to be between 50 and 100 feet (15 and 30 m) in size. Its close approach to Earth came Tuesday (February 6) at 12:10 p.m. PST (3:10 p.m. [...]


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