One Russian scientist think he's finally got the "Tunguska Event" figured out.
We may not be headed for a Deep Impact-style global disaster yet, but this month an asteroid will come very, very, scarily close to hitting us.
The Mayan Apocalypse didn't happen last week, and we're all back to living our lives, but it turns out there's another opportunity for world-ending calamity on the horizon. There's an asteroid out there that could slam into our planet in 2040. But will it? NASA's got the answer.
The most exciting thing we can usually think of when we think of asteroids is how we might stop one from crashing into Earth someday, but now scientists have given us another bit of asteroid intrigue. A NASA probe just sent us images from one of the biggest space rocks in the asteroid belt, and they show some pretty strange topography.
An asteroid's hurling toward the planet. So what do we do? Do we fire nuclear missiles at it? Do we send a team up on a special space shuttle to drill down into it? Or do we do something you'd probably never see in a movie? According to a new theory by an MIT grad student, our best hope to save Earth from a deadly asteroid could be ... paint?
One of my favorite clichés in movies—and by "favorite" I mean "makes me want to fly to the screenwriter's house and stab them in the eye with a red editing pen"—is when a character comes up with a ridiculously top-heavy and overly-complex scheme, and another character says, "That's so crazy it just might work!"
Planetary Resources just wrapped up a press conference in Seattle, officially announcing both its existence and its ambitious plan to mine near-Earth asteroids. We were listening in live, and here's everything you need to know about how this asteroid mining plan is going to work and when it's going to happen.
In its push to scoop up properties that play on nostalgia, Universal won a bidding war over the film rights to the classic Atari videogame a couple of years ago—around the same time they snapped up Battleship. Now, word has slipped out about exactly what an Asteroids movie could look like.
Don't worry, we're not going to have to call Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck in to fly out and save the planet. But tonight, a pretty large asteroid is going to fly closer to the Earth than any asteroid has in two centuries, and if you've got a telescope and a little knowledge, you'll be able to see it.
That roaring sound outside isn't tropical storm Maria hitting land but the collective sigh of relief about Emmerich's decision to leave Asteroids, the vintage meteorite-blasting arcade game project. Whew! That was close.