A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it – possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom

New research suggests that fire from the sky in the form of a small asteroid annihilated a city near the Dead Sea 3,600 years ago.

Christopher R. Moore, Archaeologist and Special Projects Director at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program and South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina • conversation
Sept. 20, 2021 ~10 min

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs shaped fortunes of snakes

Snakes owe their success in part to the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

Sept. 14, 2021 ~4 min

Chinese Researchers Consider Rockets to Defend Against Asteroids

VOA Learning English • voa
July 15, 2021 ~4 min

Asteroid 16 Psyche may be less metallic than expected

Asteroid 16 Psyche has been estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion, but new findings could slightly devalue the iron-rich asteroid.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 11, 2021 ~6 min

Nasa craft carrying 4.5bn-year-old asteroid dust begins long trek home

Scientists believe the dust sample may provide clues on the formation of the Solar System.

May 10, 2021 ~3 min

Dinosaur-killing asteroid strike gave rise to Amazon rainforest

The asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs gave birth to tropical rainforests, a study suggests.

April 2, 2021 ~3 min

Apophis asteroid will not hit Earth for 100 years, Nasa says

The space agency rules out a 2068 threat to Earth from the "poster child for hazardous asteroids".

March 27, 2021 ~3 min

What would volcanoes look like on metallic planets?

New research digs into ferrovolcanism, volcanoes on planets made of metal. It could give us a glimpse at what those metallic worlds might look like.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
March 17, 2021 ~5 min

How asteroid dust helped us prove life's raw ingredients can evolve in outer space

A minuscule particle of asteroid dust has helped reveal how celestial rocks like Earth might have sprouted life.

Queenie Hoi Shan Chan, Lecturer in Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway • conversation
March 9, 2021 ~7 min

How did the dinosaurs die? Dust may solve the case

New clues may finally have solved the case of how the dinosaurs went extinct, dating their doom to 66 million years ago, researchers report.

Monica Kortsha-UT Austin • futurity
March 2, 2021 ~7 min