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The Not-Planets

With the recent flyby of Pluto, Emily Lakdawalla has created this fantastic scale comparison between the so-called Not-Planets; those celestial bodies that are in our solar system and are of a similar size. This is an excellent way to show … Continue reading

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Vesta Trek: A Digital Model Of Asteroid Vesta

“You can explore asteroid Vesta. Recently, NASA’s robotic spaceship Dawn visited Vesta, the second largest object in our Solar System’s main asteroid belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter. During a year-long stopover, Dawn‘s cameras photographed Vesta’s entire surface, documenting … Continue reading

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The 25 Biggest Turning Points In Earth’s History

The BBC have an excellent interactive infographic detailing the “25 biggest turning points in Earth’s history“. From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts, these were the turning points that shaped our world. The 25 milestones are: The Earth … Continue reading

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Russian Meteor

In Russia early this morning, a huge meteor was seen shooting through the sky, shortly followed by a massive sonic boom, damaging windows and setting off car alarms. The compilation video above is from here, and there are many other … Continue reading

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Phil Plait – An Asteroid Impact Can Ruin Your Whole Day. And Your Species

Interesting and amusing TEDxBOULDER talk by Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) about asteroids, and how, like the title says, they can ruin your whole day, and your species. It’s very impressive how even relatively small asteroids can cause massive damage … Continue reading

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