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Brazilian astronomer detects large space rock hitting Jupiter

A Brazilian astronomer detected an impact event on Jupiter and captured it on camera through his telescope. The detection is confirmed by at least seven more independent observations. On the evening of Monday, September 13, Pereira was observing Jupiter through his 10-inch Newtonian telescope at home. The sky that evening was cloudy and not ideal […]

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Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs began the evolution of snakes

The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, caused devastation among most animals and plants shaped the future of snakes, a new study claims. But scientists say a handful of surviving snake species were able to thrive in a post-apocalyptic world by hiding underground and going long periods without food. The resilient reptiles then spread out […]

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Potentially hazardous asteroid thrice the size of Taj Mahal to fly by Earth on July 25

An asteroid three times the size of the Taj Mahal will zoom past close to the earth. NASA’s database of Near-earth objects, the asteroid ‘2008 GO20,’ sized about 220 metres in diameter, will reach its closest approach to Earth on July 25. The asteroid is to pass at a distance of 4.7 million kilometres from […]

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China proposes ambitious plan to defend Earth from asteroids heading towards Earth

China has proposed to build a defence system against near-Earth asteroids, a senior space agency official said, as the country steps up its longer-term space ambitions. Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration, did not provide further detail in his opening remarks at a ceremony for China’s space day in the eastern city […]

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Kalahari desert asteroid travelled through space for 22 million years before crash landing

The six-tonne asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere and flared through the skies in Botswana, turning into meteorites across the Kalahari desert on June 2, 2018, now has its journey traced back to its origins The study was published in the Meteoritics and Planetary Science. In their study, the group of astronomers reconstructed the journey of […]

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Asteroid that killed dinosaurs gave birth to the Amazon rainforest

The asteroid that is believed to have killed dinosaurs gave birth to our planet’s tropical rainforests, study suggests. Researchers used fossil pollen and leaves from Colombia to investigate how the impact changed South American tropical forests, including the Amazon rainforest. After the 12km-wide space rock struck Earth 66 million years ago, the type of vegetation […]

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Asteroid Apophis won’t crash into Earth for at least another 100 years: NASA

American space agency NASA confirmed that out planet was ‘safe’ from a once-feared asteroid for the next 100 years at least. NASA had deemed Apophis to be one of the most dangerous asteroids to Earth after its discovery in 2004. Close calls in 2029 and 2036 were predicted and later ruled out. A slight threat […]

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Asteroid the size of Golden Gate Bridge to fly by Earth on March 21

An asteroid the size equivalent to the Golden Gate Bridge will fly by Earth on March 21, NASA said. The US space agency said it will allow astronomers to get a rare close look at an asteroid from 1.25 million miles. The asteroid, 2001 FO32, is estimated to be about 3,000 feet in diameter and […]

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Asteroid the size of three football fields to ‘dangerously’ zoom past Earth in 2029

An asteroid called Apophis approximately 340-meters wide will fly between the Earth and Moon on April 13, 2029. The “close” flyby would be within 19,000 miles of Earth, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It will be the closest any asteroid, that massive, will come to Earth’s proximity that scientists have known […]

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Asteroid similar to size of dwarf planet that exploded over Sudan contained water, scientists find

An asteroid named 2008 TC3 that exploded in the atmosphere of the Earth in 2008 was part of a space rock that contained water, researchers have found. The discovery was made when researchers analysed a fragment of a piece that landed in Almahata Sitta. Researchers found an amphibole crystal in this fragment of an asteroid. […]

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Asteroid Apophis-99942 may collide with Earth in 2068 and wipe out humanity

An asteroid named Apophis-99942 is racing towards our Earth and could collide with us by 2068. It is estimated to be a little shy of 400-metres and NASA has classified it as a ‘near-Earth asteroid.’ And though claims of the world ending in 2012 were fuelled by misinformation regarding Mayan calendars, this information is backed by […]

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Asteroid the size of a refrigerator might hit the Earth a day before US elections

An asteroid the size of a refrigerator might hit the Earth a day before the November 3 US elections. Celebrity astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson informed his followers on Sunday that an asteroid is headed towards us. It will likely hit our planet just before election day. Tyson called it “diameter the size of a refrigerator” […]