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?
Last month, we told you a cool story about an ancient Tibetan statue carved from a meteorite and its eventual arrival in Nazi Germany after a mysterious German expedition. Well, it seems that story just got a bit less cool, because according to one expert, while it may be made from a meteorite, the statue's likely not as ancient as we thought.
Astronomers have already discovered about 800 confirmed expolanets in our universe, with thousands more still awaiting further investigation. But even among a crowd like that, there are standout finds. Scientists have just found the closet exoplanet to Earth yet, and it might not be alone.
We've seen a lot of incredible planet discoveries over the years, but this one's definitely among the coolest. It's a planet roughly the size of Neptune, but what makes it unique is the number of suns nearby, so many that the gravitational pull should destroy it.
Though flying saucers were all the rage in the 1950s, the U.S. Air Force spent the decade debunking accounts of UFOs hovering over America. Of course, we'd expect them to deny knowledge of any flying saucers, especially since it turns out they spent two years in the '50s trying to build their own. No, really.
While NASA's Curiosity Rover keeps beaming cool stuff back to us from Mars, scientists are already looking for the next big thing to explore. Now a team has set its sights on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, but they don't want to send a rover.
Unless you're a fan of Queen's soundtrack for the Flash Gordon movie (and really, who isn't?), you probably don't associate space with singing very much. But that's about to change. Thanks to NASA, we can now hear the music of the radio waves coming from Earth's radiation belts, and it's spectacular.
A Nazi expedition to Tibet, an ancient artifact, an outer space connection. It sounds like a rejected script for the fourth Indiana Jones flick, but according to researchers, this really happened. A new study claims that a unique Buddhist statue nabbed by Nazis in the '30s came from space ... kinda.
As much as we'd like to be there to see visitors from another planet land on Earth, there's a good chance aliens will find something we made and sent out into space before they actually find us. In that spirit, 100 photos that will explain who humans are are about to be launched into space. But how do you choose those images?
Unless you're one of the 12 people who've actually walked there, getting close to the moon is a little difficult. You can visit a museum to see moon rocks, or you can buy one if you think you've got the cash. But in the case of this four-pound chunk of the moon now at auction, you'd better have a hefty bank account.