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Asteroid impacts could create niches for early life, suggests Chicxulub crater...

Scientists studying the Chicxulub crater have shown how large asteroid impacts deform rocks in a way that may produce habitats for early life. Around 65...

Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars

The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the...

Did Meteorites Bring Life’s Phosphorus to Earth?

Meteorites that crashed onto Earth billions of years ago may have provided the phosphorous essential to the biological systems of terrestrial life. The meteorites...

Research helps explain formation of ringed crater on the Moon

The Moon’s Orientale basin is an archetype of “multi-ring” basins found throughout the solar system. New research reveals how those rings were formed. Using data...

Extraterrestrial impact preceded ancient global warming event

A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide...

Unusual martian region leaves clues to planet’s past

Researcher Don Hood from LSU and colleagues at collaborating universities studied an unusual region on Mars—an area with high elevation called Thaumasia Planum. They...

Scientists’ finding supports moon creation hypothesis

A layer of iron and other elements deep underground is the evidence scientists have long been seeking to support the hypothesis that the moon...

World’s second-largest meteorite discovered in Argentina

The second-largest meteorite ever found has been exhumed outside the small Argentinian town of Gancedo. The 30-tonne rock, named after the town, was discovered on...

Best Astronomy Photos of 2016

View the spectacular images by the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners for each category, the Young Competition, as well as our...

Death of a dynamo: A hard drive from space

Hidden magnetic messages contained within ancient meteorites are providing a unique window into the processes that shaped our solar system, and may give a...

Traces of Martian biological activity could be locked inside a meteorite

Did Mars ever have life? Does it still? A meteorite from Mars has reignited the old debate. An international team that includes scientists from...

Meteorite fragments discovered 20 years after bolide event in Czech Republic

Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing the spectacular discovery of meteorite fragments 20 years after the corresponding bolide was seen in the skies of the...

Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate...

A new study published in The Journal of Geology provides support for the theory that a cosmic impact event over North America some 13,000...

Martian meteorite: Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure

A new ovoid structure discovered in the Nakhla Martian meteorite is made of nanocrystalline iron-rich clay, contains a variety of minerals, and shows evidence...

First Ever Evidence of a Comet Striking Earth

The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form...

Organic Molecules Found in Sutter’s Mill Meteorite, Not Previously Found in...

An important discovery has been made concerning the possible inventory of molecules available to the early Earth. Scientists led by Sandra Pizzarello, a research...

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