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Asteroid Impact

Dino-Killing Asteroid Was NOTHING Compared To This Whopper

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.11.2014 | Science

Scientists believe that a huge asteroid smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs. But if that errant space rock was a whopper...

Astronomers Spy First Asteroid Of 2014 (Just Before It Slams Into Us)

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Astronomers have spotted the first new asteroid of 2014 — a car-size space rock that apparently slammed harmlessly into Earth's atmosphere just aft...

Why Aren't We Preparing for Supervolcanoes?

Cadell Last | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

It isn't statistically probable that we will encounter a supervolcanic eruption within the next century (or even millennia). But it isn't statistically probable that an asteroid will hit us either, and that doesn't stop us from preparing for the worst.

Global Warming, Asteroid Impacts, and the Laws of Physics

Mark Boslough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Mark Boslough

Uncertainty in exactly how something happens does not translate into uncertainty that it is happening. There is no rational basis for denial of the reality, or the risks, of global warming. And there is no excuse for ignoring it.

Life's Left-Handed Molecules Piggybacked Their Way To Earth, Study Suggests

Posted 05.01.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor Published: 05/01/2013 07:06 AM EDT on SPACE.com The mysterious bias of life on Earth toward molecules t...

Ancient Asteroid May Have Sparked Global Inferno

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.28.2013 | Science

Widespread wildfires, a red sky, and upper atmospheric temperatures reaching 2,700 degrees? That was Earth around 66 million years ago following an an...

Congressional Science Committee Takes On Asteroid Threat

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 03.20.2013 | Science

The end might not be upon us, but Congress wants to plan ahead, just in case. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Tuesday held...

Killer Asteroid Could Cause Geopolitical Nightmare

Posted 03.18.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 03/18/2013 06:11 AM EDT on SPACE.com Humanity has the technical know-how to deflect a killer asteroid away from Earth, but...

Asteroid Impacts Over Russia -- Another Larger Rock Passing Very Close to Earth

Peter Diamandis | Posted 04.17.2013 | Science
Peter Diamandis

Today scientists are closely tracking 434 asteroids that are large enough and come close enough to the Earth to be of potential future concern, and while none of these pose any significant risk today, increased surveillance is required.

Giant Asteroid Will Get HOW Close To Earth?

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 02.08.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather...

New Evidence May Settle Dino Extinction Dispute

Posted 02.08.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/07/2013 02:11 PM EST on LiveScience The idea that a cosmic impact ended the age of dinosau...

WATCH: Record-Setting Asteroid Flyby

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.31.2013 | Science

The big day is almost here: on Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 will come extremely close to Earth. How close exactly? Just 17,200 miles above our plan...

Asteroid Hunter Updates Odds Of Space Rock Apocalypse

| Posted 01.23.2013 | Science

By Will Ferguson | January 22, 2013 An Earth impact by a large comet or asteroid could knock out human civilization with a single blow, as most ...

Asteroid Will Fly HOW Close To Earth?

Posted 01.11.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 01/10/2013 04:57 PM EST on SPACE.com The Earth is safe from the giant asteroid Apophis when it flies extremely close to ...

Global Catastrophes in Perspective

Mark Boslough | Posted 02.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Boslough

The probability of impact by one of these before the end of the century is 0.0005 percent. On the other hand, recent research suggests a 2 percent probability of global catastrophe from anthropogenic climate change by the end of this century.

How To Defend Earth From Asteroids

Phil Plait | Posted 02.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Phil Plait

2012-12-21-plaitpullIt only takes one asteroid, 100 or so meters across, impacting the Earth to explode with the force of a dozen nuclear weapons. This is something we might wish to avoid! So what do we do?

Student Says Paint Could Prevent Asteroid Apocalypse

Posted 10.29.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 10/29/2012 09:43 AM EDT on SPACE.com An epic battle between paintballs and a giant asteroid could one day save th...

Risk Of Asteroid Impact Recalculated By NASA Astronomers

Posted 06.18.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 06/18/2012 10:20 AM EDT on SPACE.com A large asteroid that scientists initially thought could pose a threat to Ea...

WATCH: Asteroid Comes Oh-So-Close To Satellites

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.23.2012 | Science

Space scientists at NASA have an eye on asteroid 2012 DA14. Why? The 45-meter-wide space rock is expected to come extremely close to Earth next year--...

Ancient Asteroid Barrage Lasted HOW Long?

Posted 04.26.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 04/25/2012 01:22 PM EDT on SPACE.com A giant ancient barrage of asteroids striking Earth may have lasted much lon...

Big Asteroid May Pose Threat To Earth, Astronomers Say

Posted 05.05.2014 | Science

Asteroid Headed for Earth in 2040 By: Leonard David Published: 02/27/2012 12:18 PM EST on SPACE.com Scientists are keeping a close eye on a b...