Curiosity spies asteroids from Mars surface for the first time
(Phys.org) —A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta.
Responding to potential asteroid redirect mission targets
One year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013, the world was witness to the dangers presented by near-Earth Objects (NEOs) when a relatively small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere, exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, ...
Nullarbor meteorite likely fragment of unknown asteroid
The first meteorite ever located solely using data from specially-placed cameras has been found to be geologically unique, presenting questions of its origins.
Researchers determine the origin of Annama meteorite
An international team led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has determined the orbit of Annama, a new characterized meteorite from a fireball occurred on April 19th 2014 at the Kola Peninsula ...
Cosmic dust belts without dust: Astrophysicists discover six ultra-cold debris disks
Planets and asteroids, red giants and brown dwarfs - there are all kinds of objects in our Universe. Debris disks are among them. These are belts consisting of countless dust particles and planetesimals, ...
Radar images of asteroid 2005 WK4
(Phys.org) —A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.
Ten interesting facts about asteroids
At first glance, looking at a bunch of space rocks doesn't sound that exciting. Like, aren't they just a bunch of rubble? What use can they be in understanding the Solar System compared to looking at planets ...
Meteorites key to the story of Earth's layers
A new analysis of the chemical make-up of meteorites has helped scientists work out when the Earth formed its layers.
Orbital motions of over 100,000 asteroids visualized
Who knew asteroids could be so beautiful and mesmerizing? In 2008, a group of astronomers led by Alex Parker did a study of the size distribution of asteroid families using data from the Sloan Digital Sky ...
Giant telescopes pair up to image near-Earth asteroid (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —NASA scientists using Earth-based radar have produced sharp views of a recently discovered asteroid as it slid silently past our planet. Captured on June 8, 2014, the new views of the object ...
Chelyabinsk meteor explosion a 'wake-up call', scientists warn
Three studies have revealed details of the meteor that exploded above Russian city, Chelyabinsk, in February this year.
Huge asteroid 2004 BL86 to fly by Earth
Asteroid 2004 BL86, slated to swoosh by Earth on Jan. 26, is the largest known body to pass near our home planet until 2027. But there's no need to panic as the astronomers estimate that the 500 meters-wide ...
Computing paths to asteroids helps find future exploration opportunities
(Phys.org) —As left over building blocks of the solar system's formation, asteroids are of significant interest to scientists. Resources, especially water, embedded within asteroids could be of use to astronauts ...
Asteroid named after sci-fi's Alejandro Jodorowsky
A large asteroid has been named after Alejandro Jodorowsky, the cult Franco-Chilean film-maker and science-fiction comics writer who later became a spiritual guru.