The researchers studied 59 lunar craters and concluded that a 62 mile wide asteroid broke up and caused a space rock downpour. 2 This is an artistic illustration of an asteroid shower on the Earth-Moon system Credit: Artist's illustration, credit: Murayama/Osaka Univ.
A large piece of space debris, possibly weighing several tonnes, is currently on an uncontrolled reentry phase (that's space speak for "out of control"), and parts of it are expected to crash down to Earth over the next few weeks. If that isn't worrying enough, it is impossible to predict exa
A Meteorite is a piece of rock from outer space that strikes the surface of the Earth. A Meteoroid is a meteorite before it hits the surface of the Earth. Meteors are glowing fragments of rock matter from outside the Earth's atmosphere that burn and glow upon entering the Earth's atmosphere. They are more commonly known as shooting stars.
2 A few days ago, one such sneaky space rock flew past the Earth, right over Antarctica, and was the third-closest fly-by of our blue planet. The asteroid that flew as close as 3000 kilometres from Earth is named Asteroid 2021 UA1 and has a diameter of roughly 2 meters.
Earth and Venus are somewhat similar planets when it comes to size. But there are vast differences. Earth is moderate and supports life while Venus is quite literally hellish. It is the hottest planet in the solar system with surface temperature of 475 degrees Celcius. The early solar system was a violent place. There were huge collisions between space rocks.
Bengaluru: A large portion of a Chinese rocket is set to make an uncontrolled and unpredictable re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere this weekend, and is likely to land in one of the oceans that cover 70 per cent of the planet. The piece of debris is the core booster stage of the Long March 5B rocket that launched the Tianhe core module, the first module of the new Chinese space …
The last space rock to pass at or within lunar distance was 2009 JL2, an asteroid about 17 to 37 meters across, in May 2009. There is a roughly 50 percent chance of a 30-meter-plus asteroid striking Earth each century, according to NLSI team member Clark Chapman, space scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Netizens were baffled as to what the object was, but a space expert later revealed the footage was taken in July and showed part of a Russian rocket crashing back to Earth shortly after launch. While u/ZabiLarry suggested it was a meteorite, various online commenters argued it was more likely a man-made object.
It wouldn't mean the end of life on Earth, but it would still be terrible. In Arizona, there is a hole in the ground that measures roughly one mile across. This hole, known as Barringer Crater, was carved out when a meteorite (space rock that has hit Earth) crashed into Earth about 50,000 years ago.