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The asteroid NASA crashed into looks like a comet now, with a forked tail, Hubble image reveals

NASA is watching the asteroid Dimorphos closely since the DART spacecraft slammed into it. The come…

Morgan McFall-Johnsen   


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Asteroid gets caught changing colours for the very first time

Asteroid’s aren’t supposed to leave two trails of dust behind them — and neither were they supposed…

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The dinosaurs may have already been going extinct before the cataclysmic space rock hit Earth, new findings suggest

Did dinosaurs go extinct after a space rock hit Earth 66 million years ago, or were they already de…

Aylin Woodward   


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The Hubble telescope caught an asteroid ripping itself to pieces due to the 'YORP effect'

The effect is something like a parent swinging a kid around by her arms; once the parent rotates fa…

Dave Mosher   


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A Harvard professor is risking his reputation to search for aliens. Tech tycoons are bankrolling his quest.

Avi Loeb thinks the public has a right to know the truth about UFOs. He hopes his controversial ide…

Marianne Guenot   


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Can anyone save the internet? Neal Agarwal is trying, one Hampster Dance at a time.

Being online today — on X/Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, anywhere — is boring and gloomy. One man is…

Brian Barrett   


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Space 2021: All the Mars landings, eclipses, astronaut flights, rocket launches, and other big missions to look for this year

In 2021, we'll see nine meteor showers. Boeing and SpaceX should launch humans into orbit, and NASA…

Morgan McFall-Johnsen,Susie Neilson,Dave Mosher   


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The Geminid meteor shower, one of the year's most spectacular, peaks this week - here's how to watch

Phaethon's origin is still debated. According to NASA, the object could be either an extinct comet …

Peter Kotecki,Peter Kotecki   


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There's a mysterious meteor shower happening this weekend

There was one problem with their rock comet theory, however: The amount of dust this incident added…

Jessica Orwig   


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How to watch one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year this weekend

Sometimes the Geminid meteor shower puts on an even better light show than the well-known Perseid m…

Kelly Dickerson   


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There's A Mysterious Meteor Shower Happening This Weekend

It was not until 1983 when a NASA's IRAS satellite helped identify the mysterious source - a small,…

Jessica Orwig   


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A second mysterious object from interstellar space may be about to fly through our solar system

"It's so exciting, we're basically looking away from all of our other projects right now," Olivier …

Dave Mosher,Morgan McFall-Johnsen   


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How To Watch This Weekend's Mysterious Meteor Shower

A neat exercise you can do while watching is to backwardly trace the path of the meteors. Each mete…

Jessica Orwig   


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New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

During the flyby, the probe took a series of images that revealed its shape and spin. The following…

Dave Mosher   


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THE OCULUS RIFT REVIEW: The future is finally here, and it's not just for gamers

You'll need a beefy computer to power the Rift, and that means an all-in cost of somewhere between …

Steven Tweedie