Was our planet always wet?

The building blocks of our planet may have been the source of water on Earth rather than comets or asteroids from faraway, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space planets water meteorites asteroids science-and-technology

Dwarf planet Ceres may have salty water inside

Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres point to briny resevoirs below its surface, researchers say.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: water dwarf-planets asteroids science-and-technology salt

Can space rocks on a distant asteroid explain Earth’s water?

Tiny meteoroids on a far off asteroid could explain how we got both water and "stardust" on Earth.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space water stars asteroids science-and-technology

Rockfall map suggests moon’s surface still changes

Rockfalls on the moon leave their mark on the surface. A map of 136,610 rockfalls indicates that asteroid impacts are a likely cause.

ETH Zurich • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space earthquakes moon maps asteroids science-and-technology rocks

Collision may explain asteroid Bennu’s ‘spinning top’ shape

Simulations may solve the mystery of why some asteroids like Bennu have a "spinning top" shape. The work points to the origins of these kinds of asteroids.

U. Arizona • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space asteroids science-and-technology shapes

Cosmic impact obliterated early human settlement

"Such high temperatures would completely melt an automobile in less than a minute."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space fossils heat temperature meteorites asteroids glass science-and-technology

Starlight alone can tear asteroids into pieces

Like a real life version of the game Asteroids, the majority of stars will become so luminous that their light causes asteroids to break into smaller bits.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
Feb. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space light stars asteroids science-and-technology white-dwarfs

Did volcanoes kill the dinosaurs? This team says nope

Volcanoes had nothing to do with K-Pg, the mass extinction event in which dinosaurs perished, researchers say. That was all an asteroid's doing.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: dinosaurs extinction volcanoes asteroids science-and-technology

How plausible are the planets in Star Wars?

Could icy Hoth really exist? How about the iconic double suns of Tatooine? Experts on planetary formation, processes, and habitability discuss the science of Star Wars.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: space planets asteroids featured science-and-technology movies

We have a winner! Team picks Bennu sample collection spot

After several months evaluating data from four candidate sites on the asteroid Bennu, scientists have finally identified the best sample collection spot.

U. Arizona • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~6 min

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