comets, asteroids, meteors

What battered Jupiter – if anything?

Universe Today carries a story about the recent impact on Jupiter. Astronomers have been looking for clues as to want happened, but didn’t find the scars to explain what was the case. Maybe the impact…



Jupiter takes a BIG hit

This is a still from a movie made by George Hall, from Dallas, TX showing a flash in the cloud tops of Jupiter. It’s confirmed by many that something impacted on Jupiter, probably an asteroid…


Dawn preparing to leave

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system….


Couple-a-comets

During its one-year mission, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE…


Did comets open the tap on Earth or not?

It’s a long held belief – or a disputed idea if you like – that comets and  carbonaceous chondrites, a type of primitive meteorites – were the bearers of Earth’s abundant water. That is: the…


When I’m 79, I might have to duck for cover

That means there’s still a 1% chance. Duck! Researchers anticipate that asteroid 2011 AG5, discovered in January 2011, will fly safely past and not impact Earth in 2040. Current findings and analysis data were reported…