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Observations from three major world observatories confirm that a very rare binary asteroid came within a cosmic whisker of Earth. On June 21, 2017, the near-Earth asteroid 2017 YE5 (actually two asteroids 3,000 ft (900 m) in diameter orbiting one another) passed within 3.7 million (6 million km) of our planet for the first time in 170 years before heading out into deep space... Continue Re
'Oumuamua is one fascinating rock. The 400-m (1,300-ft) long cigar-shaped object is the first interstellar visitor ever detected passing through our Solar System, and while it was originally classed as an asteroid after its discovery, astronomers have now updated the label. 'Oumuamua, it turns out, is a comet after all, but it's unlike any other known comet.t... Continue Reading Interstell
An international team of astronomers has discovered an asteroid orbiting the Sun at roughly the same distance as Jupiter, that appears to have originated from another solar system. The imaginatively named asteroid 2015 BZ509 could have immigrated to our little pocket of the universe from a neighboring stellar body billions of years ago, at a time when our Sun was still embedded in a coloss
French architect Jacques Rougerie has a specialized interest in underwater habitats and he worked on many remarkable conceptual projects throughout his long career. The Jacques Rougerie Foundation's annual International Competition in Architecture is designed to promote audacious concepts blending new technologies with extremely future-forward propositions...Continue Reading Gallery: Post-hum
We may not be in an age of asteroid mining (yet), but asteroid prospecting has come a step closer as Planetary Resources announces that its Arkyd-6 satellite has successfully reached orbit. The six-unit CubeSat lifted off on Friday from the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Center in Southern India atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) as a secondary paylo
The year just gone was a momentous one for furthering our understanding of the universe. SpaceX now routinely lands its rockets, NASA's Cassini craft crashed into Saturn in a spectacular and invaluable mission finale and researchers proved once and for all the existence of gravitational waves. All things going to plan, 2018 will also bring some landmark moments in space, beginning with the bi
The first interstellar object ever witnessed visiting the Solar System may have been and gone, but that hasn't stopped scientists from figuring out ways to visit it. A team from the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is) has put forward a proposal for Project Lyra, a mission to launch a probe to chase and intercept the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua (1I/2017 U1), which passed close to th
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has confirmed that the object provisionally designated A/2017 U1 is, in fact, an asteroid that came from outside the Solar System. The first-ever detected interstellar traveler, now named "`Oumuamua," turns out to be different from any object seen before and has been roaming between the stars for hundreds of millions of years...Continue Reading First in
An international team led by NASA has tested the International Asteroid Warning Network, which successfully tracked a potentially dangerous asteroid as it made a close flyby of the Earth in October. Billed as the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities, the TC4 Observation Campaign observed and plotted the orbit of the asteroid 012 TC4 as it passed wit
Over 65 million years ago, an asteroid some 10 km (6 mi) wide crashed into the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Strangely, the legacy of this huge space rock could include a treatment for cancer after scientists from the UK and China demonstrated that iridium – a rare metal delivered to Earth by the asteroid – can be enlisted to kill cancer without harming healthy cells...Continue Reading D


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