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Our solar system may have evolved differently than previously thought

September 17th, 2020

Researchers studying meteorites from a large asteroid between Mars and Jupiter have discovered evidence that an event known as the late heavy bombardment happened differently than scientists believe. The time period was marked by a large number of impacts on planets like Earth, but it may have happened much earlier than previously thought. The study …

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Two schoolgirls spotted an asteroid headed straight for Earth

August 3rd, 2020

A newly-detected asteroid has been spotted by a pair of schoolgirls in India. The two teenagers found the asteroid in images collected by a telescope in Hawaii. The asteroid is currently orbiting near Mars, but that orbit will change and bring it within a close distance to Earth in roughly a million years’ time. When …

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Earth got blasted by asteroids 800 million years ago

July 22nd, 2020

An asteroid bombardment impacted both the Moon and Earth roughly 800 million years ago, new research suggests. By dating the craters on the Moon, researchers were able to estimate when the Earth-Moon system was nailed by an asteroid storm. The scientists believe the bombardment dramatically affected Earth and everything living here at the time. When …

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NASA might accidentally create the first man-made meteor shower

May 14th, 2020

NASA’s DART mission will test the feasibility of redirecting an asteroid, but the debris it creates could generate the first-ever manmade meteor shower. The DART mission includes a spacecraft that will slam into one of the rocks that makes up the binary asteroid Didymos. A new study suggests we might see some of the debris …

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Here’s the surface of an asteroid like you’ve never seen it before

May 12th, 2020

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe snapped some gorgeous images of the surface of Ryugu. The photos show the color contrast of Ryugu’s surface, with the redder areas getting their color to an intense run-in with the Sun at some point in the asteroid’s past. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. The Japanese space agency JAXA sent …

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A newly-discovered house-sized asteroid just zipped by Earth

April 16th, 2020

An asteroid up to 100 feet in diameter passed closely by Earth early on Wednesday morning. The space rock named 2020 GH2 came closer to the Earth than the distance between the Earth and the Moon, making it a rather close call. The object is now being tracked by scientists. Visit BGR’s homepage for more …