New research suggests the Chicxulub asteroid impact threw up billions of tons of oil soot that blocked out the sun for a decade.
The early Earth may have been shaped by asteroid bombardment.
The discovery of the second oldest known asteroid impact site in the world can give us tantalising hints of the Earth's early crust.
NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission has had its funding cut. Here's why politicians should think again.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft will be able to take humans further away from Earth than ever before.
From inflatable space stations to trips to asteroids and maybe even Mars, the next decade of human spaceflight will include many exciting firsts.
The idea that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a giant asteroid was ridiculed – until the remains of a giant crater were found deep underground.
How would people react to mining on the moon?
No one nation should be allowed to go it alone and develop a mining industry in space. It needs an international effort and Australia, with a long history in mining, can play its part.
A highlight of 2015 was the number of weird and wonderful exoplanets that were found.
From a flyby of Pluto to the search for extrasolar planets and gravitational waves, 2015 was a monumental year for space news.
A composite image of the Geminid Meteors.
Phil Hart/Tanya Hill
A darkened moon is promising to allow us to see one of the best meteor showers of the year, so long as the skies are clear.
Ceres: a bright spot in planetary exploration.
Is it a dwarf planet, an asteroid or a comet? All of the above? Well, with the latest results about Ceres, researchers aren't entirely sure anymore.
TB145 will miss. But Earth has been hit by countless asteroids in the past.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab/flickr
An asteroid will flash by the Earth at the weekend. What do we know about it? And what would happen if a such an object did hit us?
When the asteroid struck the dinosaurs departed, leaving the planter
Space scientists have a busy decade ahead with plans to visit Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and other interplanetary bodies all on the cards.
Our solar system is far from empty. A rogue asteroid or comet may have been responsible for the largest impact site yet discovered in Warburton in central Australia.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The largest meteorite impact site in the world may be right here in central Australia.
Get your telescopes ready for a rare close encounter with an asteroid this Australia Day.
Clear skies this Australia Day could give observers a rare look at a giant asteroid flying past Earth at 56,000kmh. The asteroid…
In space, no one can appreciate your artistic spacecraft rendering.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to land on comet 67P was one of the most audacious in space history. The idea of landing on a small chunk of icy rock 300m kilometres away from Earth and hurtling…
Image captured December 2013 of several Geminids meteors seen from the Observatorio del Teide (IAC) in Tenerife.
The best meteor shower of the year should put on an impressive display this weekend – weather permitting – with the annual Geminids poised to light up the sky with bright, long meteors visible as frequently…
China is ramping up its space missions.
The golden age of planetary exploration had voyagers navigating new sea routes to uncharted territory. These territories were then claimed in the name of the monarchs who had financed the expeditions…
There are millions of these lurking in Earth’s backyard.
Millions of asteroids of all shapes and sizes are littered throughout the inner solar system. In the past three decades, scientists have spotted as many as 500,000 but many more remain unseen. Many of…
That is probably an underestimate.
NASA HiRISE camera
Earth was still a violent place shortly after life began, with regular impactors arriving from space. For the first time…
Artist’s impression of the rings around Chariklo.
ESO/L. Calçada/Nick Risinger
In a surprise discovery two rings have been found around the remote asteroid Chariklo, which lies more than a billion kilometres from Earth. This is the first time rings have been discovered around an…