asteroids

The science of space rocks

The Solar System is known for its complex composition, including debris from asteroids and comets, called meteorites. Arizona State University Curator, Laurence Garvie, shows us what we can learn from each unique space rock that has landed on Earth.

What killed the dinosaurs?

Geological findings indicate that 66 million years ago, an asteroid hit the earth in an impact so strong that it lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Now, researchers are studying the asteroid’s landing site off the coast of  Mexico, in search of clues about how life recovered after the impact.

Do we have a plan for asteroids heading towards Earth?

When the subject of planetary defense appears in the news, there’s the inevitable allusion to the box office hit Armageddon and some mention of the meteor that unexpectedly pierced through the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia back in 2013.  It would seem as if these two examples are the only hooks with which to engage the […]