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Small Asteroid Regolith Formed By Thermal Fatigue
2014-04-04 06:21:44

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Small asteroids contain a layer of loose, unconsolidated rock and dust known as a regolith composed of centimeter-sized fragments and smaller particles. New research from researchers at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), have now determined that this layer is formed by...

Asteroid Impact Spotted On Face Of The Moon
2014-02-26 11:23:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) has helped take a video of the Man in the Moon getting nailed by an asteroid, reports Jason Major for Discovery News. MIDAS is a set of telescopes located in Seville, Spain that are able to scan the Moon for events like this. Astronomers from the University of Huelva in southwestern Spain used footage of an asteroid impact to show the moon being struck by a space rock. MIDAS...

A Peek Into Mars Past
2013-11-14 11:41:34

[ Watch The Video: The Evolution Of Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a new video showing how its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be able to look back at the history of the Red Planet. Mars is a cold and barren dessert with red soil and little atmosphere. However, scientists believe that billions of years ago this planet could have not only had a thick atmosphere, but was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water....

2013-11-06 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of NASA and international scientists for the first time have gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The unprecedented data obtained as the result of the airburst of a meteoroid over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15, has revolutionized scientists' understanding of this natural phenomenon. The Chelyabinsk...

Newly Discovered Asteroid Has Slight Chance Of Impacting Earth
2013-10-18 12:02:43

[ Watch the Video: Earth Receives A Quick Visit From Asteroid ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers working at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in Ukraine found a new asteroid on October 13, 2013 and NASA confirmed it came within about 4.2 million miles of Earth on September 16. While 4.2 million miles seems far enough away, experts said the rock, known as asteroid 2013 TV135, will have a slight chance of impacting Earth when it returns in 2032. While...

Just In Time For ISON: Scientists Discover Ancient Earth Comet Impact
2013-10-08 14:28:15

[ Watch the Video: Ancient Earth Comet Impact Evidence ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet ISON is getting closer to making its close pass by the sun, but what would happen if it had a brush with our planet instead? New evidence shows it would be devastating. International scientists have discovered the first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding. This celestial object rained down fire across the Earth, obliterating every life form...

New Evidence Indicates Moon Is 100 Million Years Younger Than Thought
2013-09-24 07:10:10

[ Watch the Video: Moon May Be Much Younger Than Previously Believed ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earth’s closest neighbor, the moon, has been studied intently by astronomers for centuries. In that time, we thought we had discovered nearly everything there is to know about the origins of our natural satellite. However, new research by geochemist Richard Carlson of the Carnegie Institution of Washington has shaken things up a bit. According to Carlson's...

Large Mammals Of Younger Dryas Wiped Out By Asteroid
2013-09-03 06:40:55

[ Watch the Video: Younger Dryas Impact Wiped Out Large Mammals ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists long fascinated with trying to understand a dramatic global climate shift have revealed new evidence that could explain a few things. A new study, funded by the National Science Foundation and to be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Early Edition, has found that a cataclysmic asteroid or comet impact in the...

Chelyabinsk Meteorite Had Close Encounter In Space Prior To Earth Impact
2013-08-27 06:59:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains region earlier this year was found to have either collided with another celestial body or had a close encounter with the sun prior to reaching Earth. Researchers from the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (IGM) in Novosibirsk, Russia announced today fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite – the main body that fell to the bottom of Chebarkul Lake near...

Meteor Impact Crater Found Beneath Iowa Town
2013-07-11 04:39:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteor crater from 470-million-years-ago lies buried several hundred feet beneath the town of Decorah, Iowa, according to an airborne geophysical survey reported in EARTH Magazine. Geologists first hypothesized the crater's existence while examining cuttings from water wells drilled near the town. During this examination they discovered evidence of a previously unknown shale deposit that was nearly a perfect circle, roughly 3.4 miles...


Latest Impact event Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Crater -- A crater is a circular depression on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body. Craters are typically caused by meteorite impacts, although some are caused by volcanic activity. In the center of craters on Earth a crater lake often accumulates, and in craters formed by meteorites a central island (caused by rebounding crustal rock after the impact) is usually a prominent feature in the lake. Ancient craters whose relief has disappeared leaving only a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Near-Earth Asteroid -- Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) are asteroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger, as well as being most easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less ΔV than the Moon. The most famous near-Earth asteroid is 433 Eros that was visited by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous probe. A few hundred such near-Earth asteroids are known, ranging in size up...

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