Rocks around the clock: Asteroids pound tiny star

Scientists using CSIRO's Parkes telescope and another telescope in South Africa have found evidence that a tiny star called PSR J0738-4042 is being pounded by asteroids — large lumps of rock from space.

Getting ready for asteroids

With a mandate from the UN, ESA and other space agencies from around the world are about to establish a high-level group to help coordinate global response should a threatening asteroid ever be found heading towards Earth.

Rogue asteroids may be the norm

To get an idea of how the early solar system may have formed, scientists often look to asteroids. These relics of rock and dust represent what today's planets may have been before they differentiated into bodies of core, mantle, and crust.

Analyzing the seeds of life in asteroids

A new look at the early solar system introduces an alternative to a long-taught, but largely discredited, theory that seeks to explain how biomolecules were once able to form inside of asteroids.

NASA wants to mine asteroids

Over the last hundred years, the human population has exploded from about 1.5 billion to more than seven billion, driving an ever-increasing demand for resources. To satisfy civilization's appetite, communities have expanded recycling efforts while mine operators must explore forbidding frontiers to seek out new deposits, opening mines miles underground or even at the bottom of the ocean.

Got any ideas about ducking asteroids? NASA wants to hear them

NASA has announced a "Grand Challenge" focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.

NASA targets wayward asteroids

Like many of his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days.

Vesta's black patches reveal carbon-rich asteroid impacts

New data from NASA's Dawn mission bears out the theory that the dark color of the protoplanet Vesta is caused by the impact of carbon-rich asteroids.

Asteroids film resurrected once again

Universal Pictures has hired a new writer for the languishing property.

Multiple video game adaptations headed to the big screen

It’s been a hell of a month for gaming, with Halo 4 making an estimated $300 million its first week, and Call of Duty generating a staggering $500 million its first day.

First private deep space mission will hunt killer asteroids

A group of ex-NASA astronauts and scientists is aiming to keep the world safe by launching the first privately-funded deep space mission and scanning the solar system for dangerous asteroids.

Ancient asteroid strikes more frequent than thought

The Earth experienced many more giant asteroid strikes in the past than previously believed, new NASA research shows.

Satellite swarm could blast away asteroids

Scottish engineers have come up with a new way of dealing with asteroids that threaten the Earth - firing lasers at them from a swarm of small satellites flying in formation.

Milky Way's black hole seen vaporizing asteroids

The supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A has been observed emitting X-ray flares, lasting a few hours, about once a day.

Asteroids and Godzilla movies up for rewrites

Like it or not, until one of them really flops, movies based on games are what Hollywood's intent on making at the moment.



Asteroids less threat to Earth than thought

Good news: we're not likely to get wiped out in the same way as the dinosaurs, at least not any time soon.

Team suggests capturing asteroid in Earth orbit

Part of the difficulty of studying asteroids is that they just won't keep still. NASA's current dawn mission to study Vesta, for instance, has taken eight years so far and cost $360 million even before it launched.

Alien mining could be visible from Earth

If we want to find intelligent aliens, we should be looking for signs of mining in extraterrestrial asteroid belts, argue two astrophysicists.

More types of asteroid could have kick-started life on Earth

Many types of asteroid could have created the kind of amino acids used by life on Earth to build proteins and regulate chemical reactions, according to new NASA research.

New moon map sheds light on Earth's early history

The moon was blitzed by two different sets of asteroids or comets in its youth, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.