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German Man Finds Rock From Early Solar System in His Front Yard

Scientists have released their initial analysis of a meteorite that fell over Europe last September. They report that the rock, the remnant of a daytime bolide that impacted Earth with an energy of 0.48 kilotons of TNT (around this much), is a carbonaceous chondrite—the kind of meteor that contains material from the…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Science, Earth, Meteorites, Asteroids, TNT, Planetary Formation, Fireballs

Near-Earth Asteroid Sets Off Alert, Turns Out to Be Two Asteroids Hanging Out Together

An asteroid that whizzed within 3 million miles of Earth last week turned out to be two objects in a binary system, according to new observations.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Arecibo, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

NASA reports a "potentially hazardous" asteroid will come close to Earth on February 15, 2020

NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said a "potentially hazardous" asteroid is headed our way. According to NASA, "Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid's potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth." The asteroid, with the catchy name 163373 (2002 PZ39), is taller than the largest human-made building and is moving at 34,000 miles an hour, reports International Business Times. From the article: ...
Tags: Post, Space, News, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, International Business Times, Near Earth Object Studies CNEOS, Near Misses, 163373 (2002 PZ39

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft could unravel the mystery of how the solar system formed

NASA will launch the Lucy spacecraft to visit the Trojan asteroids of Jupiter to gain insight into our system.
Tags: News, Trends, Nasa, Asteroids, Jupiter, Lucy, Emerging Tech, Trojans, Space News

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The planet's oldest asteroid crater, Pigalle basketball court's revamp, moon cars, musical archives and more Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Impact is Two Billion Years Old The oldest asteroid collision on the planet, the Yarrabubba impact crater in Western Australia, is a whopping 2.229 billion years old. After analyzing minerals at the crater site, researchers have found the asteroid hit at the end of an era called …
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Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Impact is Two Billion Years Old

The oldest asteroid collision on the planet, the Yarrabubba impact crater in Western Australia, is a whopping 2.229 billion years old. After analyzing minerals at the crater site, researchers have found the asteroid hit at the end of an era called Snowball Earth (one of the planet’s ice ages). Scientists, led by Dr Timmons Erickson (a geochronologist at Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center), studied around …
Tags: Space, Science, Design, Australia, History, Nasa, Culture, Geology, Asteroids, Houston, Western Australia, Linkaboutit, Ancient History, Yarrabubba, Timmons Erickson

World’s Oldest Known Impact Crater Confirmed in Australia

A 70-kilometer-wide (43-mile) impact structure in the Australian Outback has been dated to 2.2 billion years old, making it the oldest known asteroid crater on Earth. Fascinatingly, this asteroid likely plunged into a massive ice sheet, triggering a global-scale warming period. Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Asteroids, Snowball Earth, Australian Outback, Impact Craters

Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Impact Found in Australia

The cataclysm, which occurred roughly 2.2 billion years ago, might have catapulted the planet out of an ice age.
Tags: News, Australia, Geology, Asteroids, Erickson, Ice Age, Timmons, Space and Astronomy, Nature Communications (Journal, Your-feed-science

Kyoto fireball was caused by a chunk falling off potentially hazardous asteroid

A fireball lit up the night sky over Kyoto, Japan in 2017. Astronomers have now determined where it came from.
Tags: News, Trends, Fireball, Asteroids, Kyoto, Emerging Tech, Kyoto Japan, Space News, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

New Research Casts Doubt on Theory That Volcanoes Caused Dinosaur Extinction

Scientists have new evidence in their quest to settle the longstanding debate about whether it was a gigantic meteorite or massive volcanic eruptions that triggered the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. Read more...
Tags: Science, Volcanoes, Dinosaurs, Asteroids, Mass Extinctions, Volcanism, Dinosaur Extinction, Cretaceous Paleogene Extinction

Jupiter Is Flinging Comets Toward Earth

Some astronomers believe that Jupiter, instead of protecting Earth from dangerous comets and asteroids, is actively flinging objects into the inner solar system. New research now demonstrates this complex process in action. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Comets, Asteroids, Jupiter, Rude, Astrophysics, Near Earth Objects, Trojans, Trans Neptunian Objects

OSIRIS-REx Team Will Boop This Spot on Asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx team has decided on a location to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu. It’s a 460-foot-wide crater that they’ve dubbed “Nightingale.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Asteroids, Bennu, Osiris Rex, Birdmodo, REx Team Will Boop

NASA’s Osiris-Rex Selects Target Asteroid Landing Site

The spacecraft spent a year mapping Bennu’s rugged terrain, and next year it will touch down on the surface to collect a sample.
Tags: News, Nasa, Asteroids, Solar System, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Bennu, Space and Astronomy, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Osiris-Rex

Here's More Evidence That Earth Got Hit by Something Huge 12,800 Years Ago

New evidence from South Africa is adding further credence to the idea that a large asteroid or comet struck Earth during the Pleistocene—an event that possibly triggered the extinction of many large animals while also disrupting human populations at a global scale.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, South Africa, Meteorites, Asteroids, Asteroid Impacts, Mass Extinctions, Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

Extraterrestrial Organic Matter Found in 3.3-Billion-Year-Old Volcanic Rock

Geologists in France and Italy have spotted what appear to be organic molecules from outer space in 3.3-billion-year-old rocks in South Africa, according to a new study.Read more...
Tags: Science, Geology, Meteorites, Asteroids, Astrochemistry, Chondrite

With Time Running Out, Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Fails to Drop Target Marker on Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe aborted an attempt to drop a highly reflective target marker on the surface of Ryugu in preparation for its second sample extraction mission. But with surface temperatures rising steadily on the asteroid, the probe is running out of time.Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Ryugu, Hayabusa2

Ancient Psychedelics, Robocall Scams, and Space Bezos: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This was one heck of a week in the tech and science world. Ridesharing giant Uber finally launched its long-awaited IPO, which was a major flop, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes asked the Federal Trade Commission to break up the company, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tried his damnedest to convince humanity to colonize the…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Gaming, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Wearables, Eyes, Space, UK, Science, Technology, Fitness, Video Games, Climate Change, Drugs

NASA Accidentally Destroys NYC in Attempt to Save Denver (Thankfully It Was Just a Simulation)

If you really want to prepare for an asteroid impact, you might as well simulate some of the worst possible outcomes—like an asteroid blasting into the heart of New York City.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Esa, Fema, Asteroids, New York City Read, Planetary Defense, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

It's Hard to Believe How Close This Asteroid Is Going to Get to Earth

While space agencies simulate an asteroid impact this week at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, there’s a real asteroid they’re monitoring that will make a close appearance in just 10 years.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Apophis, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Lunar Eclipse Meteorite Briefly Created a Spot on the Moon as Hot as the Sun

This past January, astronomers managed to capture the moment a space rock struck the Moon during a total lunar eclipse. Now we’re learning more about this unprecedented event, including the speed of the offending object and the intense temperatures reached during the impact. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Moon, Meteorites, Asteroids, Meteors, Lunar Impacts

NASA and FEMA Will Simulate an Impending Asteroid Strike Next Week

NASA, FEMA, and other national and international agencies are once again gearing up for a hypothetical asteroid impact preparedness scenario. They hope to learn the best strategies for responding to a potential strike, starting from the moment a threatening asteroid is first detected by astronomers.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Fema, Asteroids, Space Policy, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids, NASA FEMA

New Photos Show the Surprisingly Big Crater Blasted Into Asteroid Ryugu by Japan's Hayabusa2 Probe

Earlier this month, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft used an explosive device to create an artificial crater on the Ryugu asteroid, but the probe couldn’t stick around to confirm the job for fear of being damaged by debris. The Japanese space agency has now confirmed the artificial crater—but it’s not exactly what they…Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Asteroids, JAXA, Ryugu, Hayabusa2

Piece of a Comet Found Tucked Inside Meteorite

Scientists have found a cometary building block in an unexpected place: deep inside a meteorite, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Comets, Asteroids, Astrophysics, Astrochemistry

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The first-ever photo of a black hole, artwork-adorned Japanese currency, inspiration from Milan Design week and more First-Ever Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole Truly a quantum leap, astronomers have “seen the unseeable” and captured an image of a supermassive black hole—a “smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity,” Dennis Overbye writes for the New York Times. A planet-sized network of eight radio telescopes—called …
Tags: Photography, Space, Science, Design, Environment, History, Furniture, Asteroids, Archeology, Black Holes, Self-driving, Linkaboutit, Dark Blue, Link About It, Milan Design Week, Verner Panton

Self-Driving Protection From Asteroids

Autonomous technology has come for the final frontier. The European Space Agency’s new self-driving spacecraft could potentially protect our planet from catastrophic impacts with asteroids. The project, dubbed Hera, is in the process of getting outfitted with autonomous tech that, when installed, will enable the craft to use sensors to read nearby debris and objects to determine what (if anything) is an inbound target. The …
Tags: Space, Design, Tech, Earth, European Space Agency, Asteroids, Linkaboutit, Hera, Autonomous Tech, Autonomous Flying

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Blasts Artificial Crater in Asteroid Ryugu's Surface

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed yet another intense mission: It used an explosive to blast a crater in the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. This success comes after the probe briefly touched down on the asteroid in February, firing a tantalum bullet into the surface in hopes of kicking up debris. Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Asteroids, JAXA, Ryugu, Hayabusa2

For Deeper Insights, Japanese Space Mission Bombed an Asteroid to Make a Crater

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft aimed to advance its study of the rock called Ryugu by making a hole on its surface with a copper projectile.
Tags: Japan, News, Asteroids, Solar System, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Bombs and Explosives, Space and Astronomy, Ryugu, Hayabusa2

Tesla is rolling out new Atari games as part of its TeslAtari feature

Tesla is adding 2048 and Atari’s Super Breakout to the list of games that drivers and passengers can play on the company’s dashboard display. The company added Atari games to its slate of apps and services last August via a software update. At the time, the initial slate of games included Missile Command, Asteroids, Lunar Lander, and Centipede. Atari games are coming to Teslas via software update Contrary to our speculation at the time, Pole Position was not offered with the steering whee...
Tags: TC, Video Games, Wi-fi, Tech, Tesla, Asteroids, Atari, Arcade Games, Missile Command, Breakout, Missile Command Asteroids Lunar Lander

Fossil Site Reveals Day That Meteor Hit Earth and, Maybe, Wiped Out Dinosaurs

A jumble of entombed plants and creatures offers a vivid glimpse of the apocalypse that all but ended life 66 million years ago.
Tags: News, North Dakota, Geology, Dinosaurs, Asteroids, Fossils, Meteors and Meteorites, Robert, Paleontology, Phil, Manning, Alvarez, De Palma, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Endangered and Extinct Species, Your-feed-science