2018 CC and 2018 CB — two small asteroids recently discovered by NASA-funded astronomers — safely flew past our planet this week.
When it comes to the potential that aliens might land on Earth, an invasion often comes to mind. Science fiction also has a place for the accidental infestation that might occur when an alien craft or asteroid crashes, though, and a new paper suggests the likelihood of this happening belongs firmly in the realm of reality.
Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make its closest approach to Earth on Feb. 4, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT). At closest approach, the asteroid will be no closer than 10 times the distance between Earth and the moon.
A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet’s surface. Yet its impact crater remains undiscovered. Now, glassy remains believed to have come from the strike suggest the asteroid hit southeast Asia as our close ancestors walked the Earth.
2018 is slated to be an exciting year for Nasa and its fans.
A dense metal found in asteroids called iridium can be used to kill cancer cells without causing any harm to the healthy tissue surrounding it, according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Warwick in England and Sun Yat-Sen University in China.
Australia will have asteroid mining before we have people living on Mars, according to leading Australian scientists.
Hong-Kong-based Asteroid Ltd. (Asteroid) has launched one of the most-anticipated ICOs this year in their mission to establish a blockchain-based mechanism to oversee claiming rights to more than half a million asteroids already identified within Earth’s celestial orbit.
The parent asteroid of December’s Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, is about to make a historically close flyby. Get ready to watch it race across the sky.