The meteor that slammed into Russia in February injured about 1,000 people and freaked out many more. Recent months have highlighted the danger of larger space objects that could bring doomsday if they collide with our planet.
Aside from death and taxes, there's another thing certain in life: meteors. To get a historical perspective on just how many dazzling space rocks have fallen through our skies in recent times, peep at Carlo Zapponi's visual graph called Bolides, which puts meteor strikes in a chronological view.
Inspired by the Greek word bolis (missile), Bolides features data from a range of historical meteor records, ranging from MetBase to London's Natural History Museum catalog of meteorites, and displays the data in a way that makes you want to click around and explore. … Read more
Shortly after a large meteor hit Russia in February, injuring about 1,000 people, President Obama's administration announced that the U.S. would work on asteroid tracking technology to avoid potentially more severe Earth collisions. On Monday, top NASA administrator Charles Bolden reiterated this pledge.
Bolden spoke at the Human to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday and said that a robotic spacecraft mission currently being planned will "prepare efforts to prevent an asteroid from colliding with devastating force into our planet,"according to U.S. News & World Report.
The government's plan is … Read more
The meteor shower created by the debris trail of Halley's Comet will peak Sunday evening, and NASA is providing a live view of the celestial fireworks show.
Prime viewing of the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower should be around 9 p.m. ET, providing stargazers with 30 to 40 meteors an hour, according to NASA. A camera at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstsville, Ala., will provide live video of the event from 8 p.m. ET to 3 a.m. ET Monday (see below).
The Lyrid meteor shower is peaking right now, and NASA wants to make sure you don't miss this once-a-year space fireworks show.
Mindful that some stargazers may not have optimum viewing conditions because of local weather conditions or the moon's glow, NASA has set up a camera at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to broadcast live images of the meteor shower.
"If you'd like to catch a last look at 2013 Lyrid meteror shower, this is your chance!" NASA said in a statement. "Although a bright moon may interfere with viewing, … Read more
Apparently the bright object that people reported seeing shooting over the East Coast of the United States last night -- and that left a glittery trail across Twitter -- may well have been a meteor.
Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office told the Associated Press that, "going on visual reports," the flash was "a single meteor event."
"The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast," he added.
The object lit up Twitter last night at about 8 p.m. East Coast … Read more
At a House Committee hearing today, NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr. was asked what America would do if a meteor similar to the one that hit in Russia on February 15 was found to be on a path toward New York, with impact three weeks away. His response? "Pray."
At the moment, we might be lucky to get even three weeks' warning. The United States and the rest of the world simply do not have the ability to detect many "small" meteors like the one that exploded over Russia, which has been estimated at roughly 55 … Read more
Capitalism is certainly alive and well in today's Russia, as demonstrated by the growing number of attempts to cash in on the recent and much-recorded (thanks to the help of ubiquitous Russian dashboard cams) meteor strike in Siberia.
The meteor that broke up over the city of Chelyabinsk while also producing a window-shattering sonic boom and momentarily outshining the sun has become a cash cow for many opportunistic folks now offering up purported fragments of the space stone on eBay and elsewhere online.… Read more
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This week on Crave, William Shatner has some choice words for J.J. Abrams, and we toss one back in the greatest drinking game ever invented. Cheers! Plus, we dodge a bullet the size of a football field as an asteroid nearly collides with Earth. Phew. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Fiery meteor explodes over Russia's Ural Mountains; 1,100 injured as shock wave breaks windows.
- Watch asteroid 2012 DA14 fade out via streaming video.
- Iceland wants to ban Internet porn.
- Chubby Checker in a twist over an old app.
- One Direction's new toothbrush streams sound vibrations through your teeth.… Read more