asteroids

On Monday, October 4, a meteor lit up the night sky above British Columbia, Canada. But Ruth Hamilton, who lives in the idyllic ski resort of Golden, slept through the whole thing. Until that is, she was...

Scientists have backed the idea to use nuclear bombs to protect Earth from asteroids. Asteroid disruption has been a worrisome topic for scientists for some time, as they try to plan for what would happen...

Rare near-earth asteroids made up of almost 85% metal such as iron and nickel – including one that could be worth $11 TRILLION – could be mined for their precious resources Two near-Earth...

Dozens of near-Earth asteroids hidden in the debris that produces the Taurid Meteor Shower formed from the breakup of a giant 62 mile-wide comet just 20,000 years ago, study finds Researchers reviewed...

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Scientists say it was a "dark asteroid" that killed the dinosaurs after smashing into Earth 66 million years ago. They reckon the six-mile space rock came from the outer edges of the asteroid...

An asteroid that is thought to be packed full of precious metals which could be worth more than $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion) is on its way to our solar system. The 'Psyche 16 asteroid'...

There are millions of asteroids in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, but astronomers have spotted two that shouldn’t be there. Scientists led by Sunao Hasegawa, from Japanese space agency JAXA,...

MONSTEROUS asteroids such as the one that wiped out dinosaurs millions of years ago could be more common than previously thought, a new study has found. The asteroid that caused the extinction of dinosaurs,...

A UFO professor who believes a space rock that passed through our solar system was aliens will lead a group of researchers in looking for extraterrestrial life elsewhere in the galaxy. Astrobiologist...

NASA is tracking a large asteroid which could be up to 220 metres wide and is heading towards Earth's orbit. The asteroid, labelled 2008 GO20, is double the size of the infamous London landmark Big...

A massive, ultra rare explosion dating back to the earliest days of the universe could explain a 13 billion year old mystery. Scientists have found evidence of a new stellar explosion, known as a "magneto-rotational...

Astronomers have discovered a gigantic, previously unknown comet or minor planet entering our solar system. The new “mega-comet”, which is expected to reach the orbit of Saturn in around 10 years'...

Exactly 19 years ago today, an asteroid with a diameter of just 5-10m went undetected by earth's satellites and could have triggered the end of the world. Some 60km above the earth's surface...

An artist’s illustration of asteroids flying by Earth.Peter Carril/ESA In a recent simulation, a fictitious asteroid was approaching Earth but experts couldn’t stop it. NASA has led...

NASA simulated a scenario in which an asteroid was approaching Earth and would hit in six months. The experts determined that wasn’t enough time to stop it. We’d need at least five years to...