Mysterious forces destroy asteroid as amazed scientists watch

Hubble has captured the destruction of a 200,000-ton asteroid in the asteroid belt for "the first time ever." It slowly broke apart for unknown reasons, scientists say. University of California at Los Angeles' David Jewitt, says that "this [was] a rock, and seeing it fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing." » 3/06/14 7:57pm 3/06/14 7:57pm

Spaceship wakes up after 31-months to intercept comet and land on it

Rosetta—the first man-made spaceship designed to intercept and land on an comet—is alive and well. It just sent its first signal to the world after going into sleep mode 31 months ago. Scientists were anxious, hoping that the computer and the interplanetary probe would alright. All systems: nominal. » 1/20/14 1:37pm 1/20/14 1:37pm

Newly discovered asteroid could hit Earth in 2032

Shutdown, Obamacare, Syria... who cares—while Humanity wastes time in political shitslinging and unnecessary wars, a team of Ukranian astronomers have discovered a massive asteroid that has a real chance of hitting Earth in 2032 with apocalyptical consequences. It's the second time in history that an asteroid makes it… » 10/17/13 1:34pm 10/17/13 1:34pm

Watch Bill Nye Explain How We Could Stop an Asteroid with Laser Bees

Because Bill Nye explains the world better than even experiencing it yourself, here's our childhood maestro of science explaining how we could possibly stop an asteroid from destroying Earth. Giant bombs, huge rockets and even freaking lasers probably can't stop it. And even if they could stop it, we might not be able… » 7/23/13 9:30pm 7/23/13 9:30pm

Here's Your Chance to Become One of the First Asteroid Prospectors…

It was just over a year ago, back in April 2012, that we first learned the intentions of a company known as Planetary Resources: Asteroid mining. As in going into space, finding an asteroid that's not-too-far from Earth, and mining it for precious minerals and/or water which could be used as space-fuel for other… » 5/29/13 12:25pm 5/29/13 12:25pm

Watch as Last Week's Asteroid Decides to Fly by Instead of Destroying…

That little, white pixelated bean spinning around above might look more like a bad 80s video game than the near-messenger of quick and devastating apocalypse, but that's what happens when you're taking shots 74,000 miles away from your subject. What you're seeing is, in fact, 2012 DA14 at a resolution of around 13… » 2/20/13 4:40pm 2/20/13 4:40pm

What's the Difference Between an Asteroid and a Meteor?

Today, we dealt with an asteroid and a meteor. The 2012 DA14 asteroid zipped passed Earth today and a meteor exploded over Russia. What the heck is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? And a meteorite? And a meteoroid? Not too much, apparently! » 2/15/13 9:00pm 2/15/13 9:00pm

This Morning's Google Doodle You Weren't Meant to See

Google, topical as always, prepared one of its famed doodles in celebration of today's passing asteroid and the fact that we're all not post-apocalyptic shadows of our former selves. The Google Doodle team, however, couldn't have anticipated how unfortunately relevant they actually would be following the unexpected… » 2/15/13 2:46pm 2/15/13 2:46pm

What Would Happen If the Asteroid Actually Hit Earth Today?

Astronomers are completely confident that the 150-foot-wide asteroid 2012 DA14 is not going to hit us, passing "only" at 17,200 miles from Earth—the closest encounter with an asteroid ever predicted. It's a close call, but we will be safe. But then again, a meteorite just exploded in Russia. So what would really happen… » 2/15/13 1:50am 2/15/13 1:50am

Apophis Asteroid May Destroy Some Satellites In 2029

The deadly asteroid Apophis is safely passing by Earth today, more than 9 million miles (14.5 million kilometers) from our home planet. Next time we won't be so lucky. On April 13, 2029, Apophis will come so close that it may destroy satellites in orbit. » 1/09/13 8:30pm 1/09/13 8:30pm

Physicists Claim It Would Be Impossible to Nuke an Earth-Killing…

If you've always assumed that the idea proposed in Armageddon could save us in the face of a crisis, by destroying an asteroid to avert the destruction of Earth, think again. Physicists from Leicester University, UK, have calculated that such a feat would require a bomb a billion times stronger than the biggest bomb… » 8/09/12 4:00am 8/09/12 4:00am

This Is How Asteroid Mining Will Work

Yesterday, a group of billionaires, scientists and engineers announced what could become the most important enterprise in human history since Columbus sailed West: an asteroid mining company called Planetary Resources. They want to jump start a completely new industry between the Earth and the Moon, one that will add… » 4/25/12 4:30pm 4/25/12 4:30pm

How the Space Miners Will Bring Trillions of Dollars to Earth

A group of billionaires and former NASA scientists is now unveiling the first asteroid mining company in history. They claim they will "add trillions of dollars to the global GDP" and "help ensure humanity's prosperity" by mining asteroids for rare metals like gold and platinum. » 4/24/12 1:30pm 4/24/12 1:30pm

New Space Mining Company Unveils Plans to Bring Asteroids to Moon…

Today, a group of billionaires and former NASA scientists will announce the first asteroid mining company in history. They claim they will "add trillions of dollars to the global GDP" and "help ensure humanity's prosperity" by mining asteroids for rare metals like gold and platinum. » 4/24/12 7:30am 4/24/12 7:30am