In the pastoral British countryside, amateur astronomers are on watch for asteroids and meteorites that threaten to smash into Earth. Tracking data forms the basis of an early warning system to prevent potential catastrophe.
AFP (July 20, 2015) British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Monday launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent life in the universe in a 10-year, $100-million (143-million-euro) project to scan the heavens.
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AP (Dec. 11, 2013) NASA said Wednesday it was looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there was no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board. (Dec. ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 29, 2012) Stunning new images of the Milky Way, recently released by the European Southern Observatory, have excited astronomers and amateur star gazers around the world. But they are merely the latest of many ... watch video
Newsy (June 24, 2014) A group of students has launched an initiative to send a "time capsule" to Mars by 2017. The group plans to include media from people all over Earth.
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AP (July 17, 2012) Scientists are building a menu for a group of six to eight astronauts for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s. The menu must keep the astronauts healthy and happy and also offer a broad array of ... watch video
Aug. 3, 2015 A mile-long asteroid that raced past Earth July 25 at about 45,000 miles per hour – at a safe distance of 4.5 million miles – was imaged by radar telescopes so that astronomers could discern its ... read more
July 30, 2015 Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae -- hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the center of ... read more
July 30, 2015 Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko poses new riddles: Surface material measurements performed by the Philae landing module indicate that the near surface material might have changed ... read more
July 29, 2015 The merger of two black holes is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy. The first observatories capable of directly detecting gravitational waves -- ... read more
July 29, 2015 Physicists have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins ... read more
Feb. 27, 2014 A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2006 DP14 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on the night of Feb. 11, ... read more
Sep. 13, 2013 The solar system is crowded with small objects like asteroids and comets. Most have stable orbits which keep them out of harm’s way, but a small proportion of them are in orbits that risk them ... read more
Sep. 10, 2010 Two amateur astronomers who independently observed and videotaped an asteroid striking the giant planet Jupiter on June 3 have opened the possibility, in effect, of a giant research lab in space for ... read more