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Interactive Map Shows Every Known Meteor Impact Since 2300 BCE
2013-02-21 05:58:57

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With all the recent meteor events, such as last Friday´s that exploded over Russia, injuring more than a thousand people, and the possible smaller explosion over Cuba just a day later, many may be wondering if similar events have occurred in their neck of the woods anytime in the past. For those who are really interested in knowing, there is a new meteor heat map that shows every meteoric event that has occurred on land since...

Asteroid Impact In Russia: ESA Update And Assessment
2013-02-19 08:00:31

ESA The first firm details of the 15 February asteroid impact in Russia, the largest in more than a century, are becoming clear. ESA is carefully assessing the information as crucial input for developing the Agency´s asteroid-hunting effort. At 03:20 GMT on 15 February, a natural object entered the atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Extensive video records indicate a northeast to southwest path at a shallow angle of 20° above the horizontal....

Meteor Explosion Over Cuba One Day After Russian Event
2013-02-18 07:56:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just one day after a spectacular meteor exploded over Russian skies, shattering windows and injuring more than a 1,200 people, Cubans were treated to a similar event, albeit on a much smaller scale. Many of Cuba´s citizens watched in wonderment as a small fireball soared across the early evening skies on Friday before exploding. Startled residents described seeing the bright light in the sky just seconds before a thunderous...

Third-Largest Asteroid Impact Crater Discovered In South Australia
2013-02-17 09:34:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A massive asteroid that crashed into Earth left behind a large impact crater in Australia and changed the entire landscape of the planet, scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and University of Queensland claim in a recently-published study. According to Stuart Gary of ABC News in Australia, the impact zone is centered in the East Warburton Basin in the northeastern part of South Australia. It was...

Massive Meteor Explodes Over Russia: Buildings Damaged, Hundreds Injured
2013-02-15 08:57:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteor streaked across Russia´s early morning skies on Friday before violently exploding, sending a rain of debris onto the Earth below. The flash and boom shattered windows and meteor particles left damage in its wake, injuring more than 900 people in the Ural Mountains region. Marina Mokvicheva, regional health minister in Chelyabinsk, the Russian city that had felt the brunt of the impact, told the Washington Post that...

Apophis Won’t Hit Earth In 2036
2013-01-13 08:33:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online There is a less than one-in-a-million chance that a massive asteroid, approximately as wide as three American football fields, will collide with Earth in 2036, NASA officials confirmed on Wednesday. According to MSNBC.com´s Alan Boyle, the “all-clear” was sounded by the US space agency after asteroid Apophis came within nine million miles of our planet. In fact, officials with NASA´s...

Asteroid Belts Are Good For Life
2012-11-01 14:47:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society suggests the size and location of an asteroid belt may determine whether life can evolve on a planet. An asteroid belt helping to play a role in the development of life may seem counterintuitive, as most view asteroids tend to destroy life. However, the latest study suggests that it is necessary for complex life. The scientists say that the asteroid belt,...

2012-09-20 09:35:54

Momentum Grows for First Private Deep Space Mission to Map the Inner Solar System and Track Asteroids Posing Threats to Earth The world´s first privately funded deep space mission — SENTINEL — received major support this week from prominent members of the business and financial community who joined the B612 Foundation´s Founding Circle. Founding Circle Members not only contribute substantial funding to the mission, but also pledge continued support in multiple areas...

Eltanin meteor
2012-09-20 04:27:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Around 2.5 million years ago, a huge meteor collided with the Earth and fell into the southern Pacific Ocean. A new study, published in the Journal of Quaternary Science, suggests that not only could this have caused a massive tsunami, but it may also have plunged the world into the Ice Ages. A research team from Australia says that because the Eltanin meteor — which was up to two kilometers across — crashed into deep...

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2012-09-12 21:37:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In relative terms, the Earth is about to escape another asteroid impact on Thursday by the hair on its chin. Although it's not like the 14-story sized asteroid is going to be nearing so close to Earth that you will be getting a prime view of in it your backyard, it will be about 7.5 times the Moon's distance from our planet. The asteroid, which is between 625 and 1,400 feet across, is close enough to Earth to be classified a...


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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