asteroids

Asteroid Launcher allows users to choose a location to drop an asteroid.  This simulation released a mile-wide asteroid in New York's Times Square, creating a 34-mile-wide crater

A new interactive map lets you drop asteroids in Times Square, London or anywhere in the world

A new interactive map brings the 1998 film Deep Impact to life, allowing users to drop a space rock anywhere in the world to watch the devastation unfold. Called Asteroid Launcher, the system lets you choose an impact location, the diameter of the asteroid, the speed at which it hits the ground and the angle …

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Mars: Glittering ocean with sun and reddish sky above it, dark red hills in background.

EarthSky | Did Mars have its first life in our solar system?

See bigger. | Artist’s concept of a young Mars, with an ocean. Could Mars have been the first planet in our solar system to harbor life? Image via NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Could Mars have been the first planet in our solar system to harbor life? New research suggests it is possible. Recently, EarthSky reported …

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From overpopulation to asteroids: why humans must look beyond Earth to survive

From overpopulation to asteroids: why humans must look beyond Earth to survive

Humans must look to Mars and other planets to overcome the dangers facing the race, said Mishaal Ashemimry, special adviser to the director general of the Saudi Space Commission. Interplanetary exploration is essential for survival, Ashemimry, who is also an astronaut, told participants at the Riyadh Philosophy Conference on Thursday, addressing issues such as the …

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How satellites, radars and drones track meteorites and help defend Earth's asteroids

How satellites, radars and drones track meteorites and help defend Earth’s asteroids

On July 31, 2013, a constellation of US defense satellites saw a streak of light over South Australia as a boulder from outer space streaked through Earth’s atmosphere before crashing into the ground . The impact created an explosion equivalent to approximately 220 tonnes of TNT. More than 1,500km away in Tasmania, the bang was …

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Scientists discover hidden 'planet-killer' asteroids in an elusive location

Scientists discover hidden ‘planet-killer’ asteroids in an elusive location

Astronomers are vigilantly scanning the skies for asteroids veering into the vicinity of Earth’s solar system. Butsome are masked. Most asteroids – rubble leftovers from the formation of our solar system around 4.6 billion years ago – orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Millions exist there. But in the inner solar system, asteroids are …

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