mei 182013
 
Bright Explosion on the Moon

  For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. “Lunar meteor showers” have turned out to be more common than anyone expected, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year. They’ve just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the [continue reading]

feb 152013
 
Today's Meteorite in Russia Compared to the Tunguska Event

  The stunning burning-up of a meteor over Russia today, that unleashed a shockwave injuring hundreds of people, appears to be the country’s most dramatic cosmic experience since the historic Tunguska Event of June 1908. A hole in Chebarkul Lake made by meteorite debris. Photo by Chebarkul town head Andrey Orlov. Meteorite explosions in the [continue reading]

sep 202012
 
Did a Pacific Ocean Meteor Trigger the Ice Ages?

  When a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 million years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have plunged the world into the Ice Ages, a new study suggests. An artists impression of a huge meteor colliding with Earth in the southern Pacific [continue reading]

aug 082012
 
New Impact Crater in the Arctic Discovered

  Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) have discovered a massive meteor impact from millions of years ago in Canada’s western Arctic. Geological Survey of Canada geologist Keith Dewing examining shatter cones and taking notes at the newly discovered Prince Albert impact crater, northwestern Victoria Island, western Arctic. [continue reading]

aug 072012
 
The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower is Coming Up

  The annual Perseid meteor shower, which will peak on Aug. 11-12, is one of the most popular every year because it happens on warm summer nights, when gazing at the starry sky is always enjoyable. In a clear, dark sky there may be as many as 60 bright meteors per hour, some with smoke [continue reading]

jul 062012
 
Life's Molecules Could Lie Within Reach of Curiosity

  Stick a shovel in the ground and scoop. That’s about how deep scientists need to go in order to find evidence for ancient life on Mars, if there is any to be found, a new study suggests. That’s within reach of Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover expected to land on the Red Planet [continue reading]