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How do you stop an asteroid from hitting Earth?

MOST asteroids in the solar system come nowhere near the Earth, and of those that do, most are so small that they burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere. But, as a report written by America’s National Academy of Sciences points out, a big one is almost…  …

Traces of water in moon came from Earth: study

Lunar rocks brought home by US astronauts contain droplets of water chemically identical to that on ancient Earth Traces of water inside the moon were inherited from ancient Earth, according to a fresh analysis of lunar rocks brought home by US astronauts. The findings make for a clearer picture of…

Astronomers find water vapor in atmosphere of distant planet

But planet HR8799c unlikely to harbour life, as surface temperature exceeds 1,000C Astronomers have detected water vapour and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere of a planet 130 light years away from Earth. However, the planet, known only as HR8799c, is devoid of methane, a gas that can indicate life, the researchers…

Comet could collide with Mars in 2014

Astronomers say that a comet will make an close flyby next year, not of Earth, but of our neighbor planet, Mars. According to a Monday report on Discovery.com, the recently discovered comet, named C/2013 A1 will fly close to Mars on Oct. 19 of 2014. Comets are balls of ice…

Toasted planets give hint of solar system’s future

The remains of two planets closely orbiting a dying star some 3,900 light years away have given astronomers a glimpse of what may happen at the demise of our own solar system about five billion years from now. Named KOI 55.01 and KOI 55.02, the planets orbit a sun that…

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