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Russian Meteor Likely An Apollo Asteroid Chunk

After some very cool sleuthing by two astronomers, the true nature of the Russian meteor has been uncovered. Turns out it has a similar orbit to the Earth-crossing Apollo-class asteroids. This was a warning shot, there’s bigger ones out there [cue Jaws music] Read more

Russian Meteor Strike Aftermath: Photos

Dozens of videos of the Russian meteor were uploaded to Youtube soon after impact on the morning of Feb. 15, 2013, many of which originated from vehicle dashboard cameras (or “dash cams”). During the morning commute many drivers saw the bright orb grow and explode in the atmosphere. The resulting shock wave caused windows to blow out over a huge area injuring over 1,000 people — mainly cuts and minor concussions. View the gallery

It’s a space rock frenzy! In this DNews video, Trace explains what the Russian meteor was all about and I chip in to discuss some asteroid impact mitigation strategies!

What. A. Day.

Russian Meteor: What’s With All The Dash Cams?

If, like me, you were sitting dumbstruck watching Youtube videos depicting a raging ball of fire falling out of the sky in the early hours this morning, you may have been equally dumbstruck by the sheer number of eyewitness videos. There are videos of the object exploding into a bright orb, there’s dramatic footage of the moment when the shock wave blew out windows, but above all, there’s a crazy number of videos shot from the dashboards of cars. What’s that about? Read more

BREAKING: Huge Fireball Explodes Over Russia

A huge fireball shattered the morning skies over Russia’s Urals region generating a series of powerful sonic booms, blowing out windows and causing widespread panic. The event has been captured by a series of Youtube videos uploaded from eyewitness cameras and CCTV footage. Read more

Our First Line Of Asteroid Defense? Paintballs!

Imagine: An asteroid has been discovered. Scarily, it’s a big ol’ hairy extinction-level asteroid. You know, the kind of asteroid that gave the dinosaurs a really bad day 65 million years ago. Astronomers think there’s a high probability that it will hit us in 20 years time. What do we do?

(Cue screaming people running through the streets, riots, looting, orgies, awesome doomsday parties…)

Once the inevitable panic has died down, no doubt the world’s population will start asking their governments what they intend to do about it. At that moment, as the horrid sinking sensation sets in, politicians will wish they’d invested more money into their space programs. "Whaddaya know. We needed that space infrastructure after all! What were we thinking all these years building bombs and war machines? It’s the UNIVERSE that’s going to kill us! What fools we’ve been…"

Fortunately, despite the lack of political will to spend more on space technology over the years, space experts do have some clue as to how to deal with an incoming asteroid threat. And if that threat is 20 years out, we may actually have a stab at preventing the space rock from hitting us…

Beautiful view of the Perseids meteor shower

I dislike the term “spaceship earth,” but it’s hard to deny we’re spinning like a top, zooming around the sun on an arm of a revolving galaxy thats flying through the universe. We’re movin’ man!

This long exposure composition of the Perseid meteor shower will take your breath away. It doesn’t hurt to have a Star Wars reference in there.


Perseids Composite

There’s nothing like a composite photo of the Perseids meteor shower to hammer home the realization that the Earth is hurtling through space like the Millennium Falcon making the Kessel Run.

Look Up! The Orionids Are Peaking

The dusty debris from the tail of Halley’s Comet will rain down on the Earth’s atmosphere, producing around 30 meteors per minute.

Make sure to look out for these this weekend.

This Weekend The October Draconid Meteor Shower is Due

This weekend, a spectacular meteor shower may dazzle, but as astronomer Mark Thompson reports, never bet on the Draconids. They can deny us but they can also dazzle.

The best thing about meteor showers is that you need no equipment to observe them. Just wrap up warm, get outside on a comfortable chair, sit back and watch. The moon will be gibbous on the 8th so keep your back to the Moon to increase your chances of seeing the fainter ones meteors.

Wherever you are on the 8th, it’s worth keeping your eyes on the skies during the hours of darkness as meteors can be tricky little blighters to predict and you never know, maybe, just maybe, you will get to see nature’s very own firework spectacular.

Yes, the moon will be gibbous.

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