Tag: Asteroid impact

Poll Reveals Americans Are More Interested In Monitoring Asteroids Than Going To Mars

Evidently, Americans are quite concerned about asteroids. It was revealed in a poll that Americans prefer to focus on monitoring asteroids and comets than going back to the moon or going to Mars.

Space June 21, 2019

Football Field-Sized Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth In September, Has Low Chance Of Hitting

Experts are expecting an asteroid to have a close encounter with Earth this coming September. There is no need to worry about it, as the chances of it hitting Earth are very low.

Space June 8, 2019

Dwarf Planet May Have Collided With The Moon A Long Time Ago

A new study suggests that the Moon's asymmetrical look may have been caused by a direct collision with another space object. The culprit may have been an asteroid or a dwarf planet about 450 to 480 miles in diameter.

Space May 22, 2019

Asteroid Annihilates New York City In Planetary Defense Simulation

If an asteroid comes speeding toward New York, will humanity be able to stop it from laying waste to the Big Apple? According to a new simulation, the answer is no.

Space May 6, 2019

Top Asteroid Experts To Practice Fake Asteroid Impact Scenario At 2019 Planetary Defense Conference

Top asteroid experts are coming together for the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference. In it, they will discuss defensive actions for a potentially hazardous asteroid impact through a simulation.

Space April 26, 2019

66-Million-Year-Old Fish Fossils Linked To Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs

Researchers of a new study found fossilized remains of fish that appears to be linked to the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. The fish likely died within an hour after the impact.

Ancient March 29, 2019

Blowing Up Large Earth-Killing Asteroids Not A Solution, Research Says

Recent findings showed destroying killer asteroids is a lot more difficult than previously thought. Scientists observed in a new asteroid collision model that even though a killer asteroid is bigger, it does not necessarily mean it is weaker.

Space March 9, 2019

Scientists Report Spike In Asteroid Impacts: Is Earth Headed For Collision?

The frequency of asteroid impacts had increased between two to three times about 290 million years ago before dinosaurs emerged. Researchers noticed an uptick in asteroid strikes by studying impact craters on the moon and Earth.

Space January 18, 2019

China Plans To Capture An Asteroid And Bring It Down To Earth

Researchers proposed an innovative plan to capture a small asteroid and take it with them to Earth. They said they hope to launch the plan in 2029 and compete it in 2034.

Space July 26, 2018

Here’s When To Spot Giant Vesta Asteroid So You Won’t Wait Until After 2040

Astronomers said 4 Vesta, a massive asteroid, has swung by Earth at a close distance it has never been before. The giant asteroid has gotten so close that it is now visible to the naked eye.

Space June 29, 2018

First Human Mission To Binary Asteroid Will Help NASA Defend Earth From Possible Collisions

The European Space Agency announced an update on its Hera spacecraft that is set to be the first human mission heading to a binary asteroid. ESA said the spacecraft has entered its next engineering design phase.

Space June 27, 2018

An Asteroid The Size Of A Football Field Just Sailed Past Earth And No One Noticed Until After It Passed By

Earth was caught by surprise after a football-field-sized asteroid skimmed the planet. It was not detected until hours after it had passed by Earth.

Space April 17, 2018

NASA Can Use Paint To Save Earth From Asteroid Impact

Painting the surface of asteroid Bennu may protect Earth from a potential impact by the year 2135. Here's how paint could prevent an asteroid collision.

Space March 23, 2018

Hammer Spacecraft May Not Prevent Bennu Asteroid From Crashing Into Earth In 2135

Deflecting dangerous near-Earth objects headed toward Earth may not work for the massive asteroid Bennu that may collide with the planet in 2135. What are other possible ways to prevent this catastrophic collision?

Space March 17, 2018

Watch Asteroid 2018 DV1 Zoom Past Earth Today

An asteroid known as 2018 DV1 is passing near our planet on Friday at 12:54 p.m. EST. Although invisible to the naked eye, it can be viewed through a live stream by The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0.

Space March 2, 2018

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid To Fly By Close To Earth Next Month

A massive asteroid NASA labeled as 'potentially hazardous' is set to fly by Earth on Feb. 4. What can happen if a space rock as big as AJ129 strikes our planet?

Space January 17, 2018

Asteroid Impact That Killed The Dinosaurs Cooled Earth's Climate More Than Earlier Thought

The Chicxulub asteroid that killed the dinosaurs released more sulfur and carbon dioxide than previously thought. This means that the ensuing period of cool weather was colder than previously thought.

Earth/Environment November 2, 2017

Asteroid Expected To Skim Past Earth In October

The European Space Agency has confirmed that asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly between Earth and the moon in October. The asteroid will not hit the planet.

Space August 12, 2017

Indestructible Tardigrades: Water Bears Can Survive The Apocalypse

Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Harvard explore the astrophysical events that could kill tardigrades and sterilize the Earth. What they found was a resilience of life on Earth thanks to tardigrades.

Animals July 15, 2017

NASA Supercomputer Simulations May Help Reduce Damage Caused By Asteroid Impacts

NASA researchers used the Pleiades supercomputer to simulate asteroid impacts that may possibly happen on planet Earth. The work may help mitigate the damage that can be caused by deadly asteroid strikes.

Space July 1, 2017

Asteroid Day: How Scientists Are Preparing For The Next Big Impact

On Asteroid Day, scientists draw attention to possibilities of near-Earth objects (NEO) striking home. When is the next big asteroid impact likely to take place, and what's the magnitude of damage to be expected?

Space June 29, 2017

Asteroid May Hit Earth Anytime: Here's How Scientists Prepare For A Potential Asteroid Impact

A scientist warned that planet Earth is vulnerable to an asteroid strike. What is currently being done to prevent or mitigate the effects of a potentially catastrophic asteroid impact?

Space June 22, 2017

In Worst Case Scenario, What Are The Most Fatal Effects Of An Asteroid Strike?

How would humanity die in a catastrophic collision with a large-sized asteroid? Researchers list the seven most deadly effects of a big asteroid impact and analyze which are more likely to wipe us out.

Space April 21, 2017

Asteroid Ocean Impact Wrongly Depicted In Hollywood Movies: Study

Hollywood movies tend to show massive waves that can wipe out coastal cities when an asteroid crashes into the ocean. Simulations revealed this is not exactly what would happen when real asteroids crash into Earth.

Space April 18, 2017

Near-Earth Asteroid To Safely Fly Past Earth On April 19: How Likely Are Huge And Dangerous Collisions?

The upcoming April 19 asteroid is no threat to our planet, but what would happen if a giant celestial body collided with Earth? Astronomers calculate the chances of a massive-scale catastrophic event.

Space April 11, 2017

Asteroid Or Comet Strike May Lead To Extinction: Here's How Scientists Plan To Save The Earth

What are the measures proposed by scientists to deflect potentially hazardous asteroids and comets? One scientist warned humanity is currently ill equipped at dealing with space objects that can cause mass extinction.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2016

Chicxulub Crater Study Suggests Asteroid Impacts Could Be Home To Early Life

The Chicxulub impact may have wiped out 75 percent of life on Earth, but researchers have found that the resulting crater harbors niches that can support early life.

Earth/Environment November 19, 2016

Mud Dragon: Bird-Like Dinosaur With Toothless Beak And Feathers Found In China

A new species of bird-like dinosaur was discovered in Southern China. The mud dragon was in an odd position when it was found, suggesting it died trying to free itself after getting stuck in the mud.

Animals November 11, 2016

Impact Calculator Relives Asteroid Strike That Wiped Out Dinosaurs

Findings from the Chicxulub Crater drilling project helped researchers reimagine the asteroid impact that led to dinosaur extinction millions of years ago. The 'impact calculator' gave them a peek into the event and what immediately followed the fateful strike.

Earth/Environment June 13, 2016

Ancient Asteroid Impact May Have Created Oldest Crystals On Earth

Zircon crystals, the oldest rock pieces on Earth, could have developed from ancient asteroid impact craters, a new study has found. Contrary to previous belief, the collision of tectonic plates had nothing to do with it.

Space May 11, 2016

Big Mystery Object Slams Into Jupiter: What Could It Be?

The massive planet Jupiter was hit by a speeding piece of space rock on March 17. The event was captured by two amateur astronomers conducting separate observations of the planet.

Space March 30, 2016

Scientists To Conduct Drilling Expedition At Crater Formed By Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

An expedition is set to drill the Chicxulub crater, the site formed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid. The mission hopes to discover how life was restored after the impact, among many other things.

Space March 6, 2016

100-Foot Asteroid To Whiz Past Earth In Two Weeks: NASA

An asteroid larger than an 18-wheel trailer truck is expected to flyby Earth on March 7. Although no collision is expected to happen, scientists see a possibility that the object may impact Earth in September 2017.

Space February 22, 2016

Dinosaur Extinction Was Caused By More Than Just An Asteroid: Lava Flow Samples Suggest Double Disasters

The asteroid impact indeed happened but it was not solely responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. It triggered earthly events that also contributed to the large-scale death of prehistoric species.

Animals October 2, 2015

Asteroid Impact + Earthquakes + Volcanoes = Goodbye Dinosaurs

Impact of an asteroid 66 millions years ago may have just been the opening act in the extinction of the dinosaurs, a study suggests. A one-two punch of impact and volcanic eruptions may have overwhelmed them, researchers say.

Animals October 1, 2015

Major Asteroid Impact To Spell End Of The World In September? Not So Fast, Says NASA

Conspiracy theorists claim that a giant asteroid will hit Earth in September. NASA, however, counters the claims, saying no large object is currently on track to hit the Earth.

Animals June 9, 2015

Asteroid 'Double Whammy' May Have Triggered Massive Volcanic Eruptions, Ended Dinosaurs' Reign On Earth

An asteroid impact 66 million years ago probably 'rang' the Earth 'like a bell,' setting off catastrophic volcanic activity, researchers suggest. Gigantic lava flows and clouds of gas may have been the last nail in the coffin for dinosaurs.

Animals April 30, 2015

Will Hand of Doomsday Clock Move Forward Due to Fears of World War 3, Asteroid Impact, or Viral Biological Weapons?

The Doomsday Clock may move closer to midnight as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is set to make a major announcement on Thursday.

January 22, 2015

How Would the Public Be Warned of Potential Asteroid Impact?

Experts at a workshop debate the best way to advise the public in the event of a possible impact by a near-Earth object. Communicating such warnings on a global scale to diverse audiences will be difficult, they warn.

Space November 22, 2014

Dinosaur-killing meteorite remade the plant kingdom

The meteorite that ended the age of dinosaurs also wiped out more than half the plant species on Earth. A new study shows those extinctions were not random, but depended on growth rate of plant species.

Animals September 18, 2014

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