Missing The Beautiful Perseid Meteor Shower Was Dumb Of You

Look there were a lot of options. NASA streamed the shower with commentary, local astronomer associations were posting pictures, and there's always . . . what's that place? Oh right. Outside. You could have gone and watched. But no. It was a Saturday night and you were busy. » 8/18/13 4:25pm 8/18/13 4:25pm

Some 2014 Olympic Gold Medals Will Have a Russian Meteorite In Them

Winning a gold medal is one of the highest achievements in sports, the beautiful round medallion rewards years of hard work and confirms an athlete's status as the very best. Russia is going to sweeten the deal a bit in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (no, they're not wrapping chocolate inside), with extra medals that… » 7/25/13 11:13pm 7/25/13 11:13pm

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

A Meteor Streaked Across the East Coast of the United States and No…

At around 8 o'clock tonight, a meteor that's been described as "huuuuge green" and "very bright" and "blueish" and "glowing green" and "pretty big" and "very slow and bright green" was spotted across the east coast of the United States from NYC to DC to Baltimore to West Virginia to Boston and basically any big city where millions … » 3/22/13 10:45pm 3/22/13 10:45pm

Basically No One in Russia Thought That Meteor Was a Meteor

Last month, a giant meteor exploded over Russia. Ground zero was the Ural city of Chelyabinsk, where 1500 people were injured and thousands of buildings were damaged. About half the city's million people saw the meteor, but most of them didn't know it was a meteor at all. » 3/01/13 9:50am 3/01/13 9:50am

What the Russian Meteorite's Shockwave Really Felt Like on the Ground

As we get to know more and more about how powerful the meteorite that exploded over Russia really was, something still gets lost in translation. This video makes it abundantly clear how strong the blast was. The footage is collected from different locations throughout the Chelyabinsk city and shows how it really felt… » 2/21/13 10:00pm 2/21/13 10:00pm

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

Congress Plans to Hold Hearings Over Our Little Asteroid Problem

In case you felt like the Armageddon simulation we've been living in wasn't realistic enough already, Congress's Science, Space, and Technology Committee will soon hold a hearing "to examine ways to better identify and address asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth." Cue Aerosmith. » 2/15/13 5:03pm 2/15/13 5:03pm