Earth has a couple of 'near' misses

Over the past couple of days, two asteroids ‘2012 XE54’ and ‘4179 Toutatis’ passed close to Earth.

'Dino-killer' asteroid nearly saw off snakes and lizards too

The asteroid collision that killed off the dinosaurs 65.5 million years ago also nearly wiped out snakes and lizards - including a newly-identified species of lizard named for President Obama.

Vesta shows new type of weathering

The highly-patterned surface of the giant asteroid Vesta is caused by a long history of strikes from hundreds of other, smaller asteroids.

Cretaceous ecosystems vulnerable before asteroid impact

The mass extinction that saw the end of the dinosaurs was made worse than it might have been by the structure of the ecosystems of the time.

How paintballing could save the Earth

Crazy as it sounds, an MIT scientist is proposing that, if a dangerous asteroid approaches the Earth, it could be deflected by firing paintballs at it.

Protecting astronauts beyond the ISS

Astronauts venturing beyond the safety of the International Space Station (ISS) will face increased exposure to cosmic radiation.

Vesta 'stretch marks' suggest it's a stunted planet

Enormous troughs that encircle the asteroid Vesta may be faults that formed when another asteroid smacked into its south pole, and indicate that it has the same type of interior as a planet.

Huge explosion spotted on Jupiter

An amateur astronomer in Dallas has filmed an enormous explosion on Jupiter which took place early on Sunday morning.

Mass extinction underway before dino-killer asteroid

The mass extinction that took out the dinosaurs was already well underway by the time a six-mile asteroid slammed into Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula 65 million years ago, it appears.

NASA's Dawn prepares to set sail for Ceres


NASA's Dawn spacecraft remains on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system locations.



Bruce Willis won't save us if asteroid threatens

Fresh from explaining to us why Batman's cape wouldn't save him from crash-landing, University of Leicester students have moved on to raining on Bruce Willis's parade.

Near miss for Earth in 2040, says asteroid team

A large asteroid that initially had scientists worried has only a small chance of striking the Earth in 2040, says NASA.

Team observes asteroid pushed by sunlight

Scientists on NASA's asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, have been able to measure the orbit of their target asteroid so precisely that they can see the effects of sunlight on its motion.

Some dinosaurs were dying out before asteroid strike

Many dinosaur species were already on their way out before the asteroid strike that's believed to have led to their mass extinction.

Asteroid mining could start this decade

A new company is tomorrow expected to announce plans for an asteroid-mining operation.

Dawn probe spots unusual features on giant asteroid

Scientists studying images of the giant asteroid Vesta are working to explain the existence of a number of bright spots.

Asteroid near miss expected next year

A newly discovered asteroid will come so close to Earth next year that it actually passes below many man-made satellites.

Moon's magnetic rock may have come from asteroid

The moon's somewhat bizarre magnetic field may have been shaped by a massive asteroid impact, which left some of its material behind.

Evidence found for huge asteroid strike

Scientists say they've found more evidence of a major impact by a comet or asteroid, some 13,000 years ago.

NASA gets up close and personal with Vesta asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has successfully maneuvered into its closest orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.