How meteorites powered Earth's primordial soup

Scientists aren't exactly sure how life arose on primordial Earth, leading some to suggest that meteorites may have been responsible for delivering the key components required to spark and sustain life, like crucial minerals or dormant microbial life. Now, chemists from the U.K. are saying that meteorites may very… » 4/09/13 6:20am 4/09/13 6:20am

That meteorite which blew-up over California last April is one of the rarest ever found

This past April, a 100,000 pound (45,360 kg) meteorite exploded above the skies of Sutter's Mill, California. Streaking in at a speed of 64,000 miles per hour (103,000 km/hr or 28.6 km/s) — about twice the speed of typical meteorite falls — it hit with the energy of a quarter of a Hiroshima bomb, making it the… » 12/21/12 8:40am 12/21/12 8:40am

Newly Found Asteroid Buzzes Earth

A newly found space rock will give Earth a close shave on May 29, passing by at a distance of just 14,440 kilometers (8,950 miles). That distance puts the small asteroid, named 2012 KT42, in the top ten list of closest asteroid approaches. In fact, this is the sixth closest approach to date. The close pass will occur… » 5/29/12 11:30am 5/29/12 11:30am

Time-lapse video shows a trailer-sized asteroid coming between Earth and the Moon

NASA released this amazing video that shows just how close the 43-foot asteroid 2012 JU came to Earth the other day — within 118,000 miles, or about half the distance to our own Moon. It's amazing to think that an object can come from near Mars in February and come so close to us, just a few months later. Video:… » 5/15/12 1:33pm 5/15/12 1:33pm

Hate earthy wines? Try one made from meteorites

Imagine sitting with your oldest and dearest friend some time in the not-so-distant future, when you decide to pop open a bottle of perfectly aged cabernet sauvignon. After giving the wine some time to breathe, your friend pours a glass, swirls, sniffs, sips, and says, with a sigh, "My god, it's full of stars." And… » 1/21/12 11:20am 1/21/12 11:20am

Behold: the best place on Earth to search for meteorites

At first glance, the image up top resembles a vast, gleaming oceanscape with a snow-capped island looming in the distance. But if you look closely (click here for a much better view), you'll see that the rippling surface in the foreground is not liquid water, but ice; and that the three dark figures are actually… » 12/14/11 12:20pm 12/14/11 12:20pm