A telescope pointed at the skies above Senegal to capture the stellar occultation.
François Colas, Observatoire de Paris, Insititut de Mécanique Celeste et de Calcul des Ephémérides
Senegal has made great strides in astronomy and planetary sciences in recent years.
Space mining has the potential to provide a greater supply of resources either for being exploited locally for construction or being sent back to earth.
Fragments of the asteroid 2018 LA scattered over a wide area in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Each meteorite is a piece of the puzzle to understanding our solar system.
Romolo Tavani / shutterstock
We have long wondered why Earth has stayed habitable enough for life to evolve over billions of years.
Artist’s impression of the interstellar object.
A world expert weighs in on the continuing debate about ‘Oumuamua.
Artist depiction of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.
An asteroid on a collision course with Earth is inevitable. Astronomer Michael Lund explains how a new telescope under construction in Chile will become a vital tool for detecting objects that could devastate our planet.
Nearly 50 years since the first man walked on the moon, our morals are still stranded on Earth.
From moon landing to space arms race.
Trunp's new policy could lead to the militarisation of outer space and the beginning of a new space arms race.
Artist’s impression of a solar-powered satellite on a mining mission.
The first step to mining an asteroid is finding a suitable candidate. Scientists estimate there should be some ten nearby targets.
Gosses Bluff impact crater in the Northern Territory.
NASA’s Earth Observatory
Large asteroids have hit Australia over many millions of years and the evidence is in the landscape, if you know where to look.
Small asteroids can be hard to spot. But what kind of threat do they pose to the Earth?
Artist’s illustration of planet formation.
Image credit: NASA / Lynette Cook
'Oumuamua is likely a relatively young interstellar visitor from a binary star system.
The 2017 Geminids as seen from Ecuador, against the backdrop of the splendid Milky Way (centre) and the Large Magellanic Cloud (right).
Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2018. Where to look and when in both the northern and southern skies to catch nature's fireworks.
New research reveals the true nature of 'Oumuamua, the cigar-shaped rock that recently visited Earth's solar system.
A new trajectory means the mission to uncover core facts about the asteroid belt will happen sooner than planned.
Artist’s impression of the enigmatic space rock.
Having discovered an asteroid from outside the solar system for the first time, scientists are hoping there are more out there – illuminating the path to extrasolar worlds.
The mass extinction of the dinosaurs was down to the location of the asteroid's impact and the kind of rocks it landed on.
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s an object from another solar system! Astronomers have been scrambling to identify a mysterious object passing through our solar system at a speed of about 160,000 km/h. This NASA file image shows a simulation of asteroids passing the earth.
Astronomers have detected what is believed to be the first interstellar object ever seen passing through our solar system.
Tiny and very faint, this fast moving object (centre) was captured by astronomers as it passed through our Solar system.
Queen's University Belfast
The mystery object seen moving through our Solar system shows the void between the stars is far from empty. So can we expect more interstellar visitors?
Hardy lifeforms such as tardigrades can survive almost anything.