You may be surprised to learn that a “mysterious object dubbed ‘WT1190F’” is headed directly for Earth. THIS IS TRUE. But scientists now have a pretty good idea what it is—and think it will probably burn up before it reaches the planet. ‘WT...F’ is coming??!?!?!
In our new series, A Scientist Responds, we’re dredging up the great and terrible disaster flicks of days past—and we’re making scientists watch them. Today’s movie: 1998’s asteroid thriller, Deep Impact. The scientist: io9’s resident geophysicist, Mika McKinnon.
Asteroid 2014 HQ 124, a.k.a. The Beast, is a football stadium-sized behemoth, estimated at nearly a quarter of a mile wide. And on Sunday, it's gonna come perilously close to our beloved home planet. How close? Just a mere 777,000 miles away. In space terms, that's about as close as it gets.
Six years ago, NASA blasted a hole into comet Tempel 1. Now it's gone back to survey the damage anew and continue observations, with its Stardust-NExT probe photographing the mess made by 2005's Deep Impact. The crater made by Deep Impact is 150 metres across, and can just about be seen in the before and after shots…
After launching an impact probe at comet Tempel 1 in 2005 and traveling 2.9 billion miles, the Deep Impact spacecraft has finally reached Hartley 2 as part as of its EPOXI mission. The trip was worth it: These shots are spectacular.