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How ancient cultures explained comets and meteors

How ancient cultures explained comets and meteors IgorZh/Shutterstock Eve MacDonald, Cardiff University Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often…

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Artist depiction of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. By Mopic/shutterstock.com

New telescope will scan the skies for asteroids on collision course with Earth

New telescope will scan the skies for asteroids on collision course with Earth Artist depiction of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. By Mopic/shutterstock.com Michael B. Lund, Vanderbilt University Around sunrise on Feb. 15, 2013, an extremely bright and otherworldly object was seen streaking through the skies over…

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A huge asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, but what danger do smaller ones pose?

A huge asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, but what danger do smaller ones pose? Don’t panic…yet. Lwp Kommunikáció/Flickr, CC BY-SA Monica Grady, The Open University A small asteroid passed relatively close to Earth this month, having been discovered just six days earlier. This might sound scary, but it’s unusual that…

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The 2017 Geminids as seen from Ecuador, against the backdrop of the splendid Milky Way (centre) and the Large Magellanic Cloud (right). Flickr/David Meyer, CC BY-NC-ND

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2018

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2018 The 2017 Geminids as seen from Ecuador, against the backdrop of the splendid Milky Way (centre) and the Large Magellanic Cloud (right). Flickr/David Meyer, CC BY-NC-ND Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland and Tanya Hill, Museums Victoria…

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