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Earth Science Week photo competition winners – including stunning shot of Rainbow Mountain

The Geological Society has revealed the winners of the 2019 Earth Science Week photography competition, ‘Geoscience is for everyone’ This week it’s Earth Science Week – an annual international celebration of the geology all around us. To kick things off, the Geological Society has revealed the winners of the 2019 Earth Science Week photography competition, …

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Asteroid as big as a bus could hit Earth later this century, ESA warns

We can predict the arrival of just one of these objects with pinpoint accuracy (Picture: Getty) An asteroid could be on a collision course with Earth, the European Space Agency has announced. Cosmologists on the continent keep a list of all the most dangerous space rocks – and they have just added an object called …

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Milky Way black hole explosion death beam could be headed for Earth

Artist’s impression of a huge outburst shooting from the Milky Way’s core (Image: James Josephides/ Astro 3D) Earlier this week scientists announced that the nearest supermassive black hole to Earth erupted in an ‘cataclysmic’ explosion so dramatic it sent a huge gust of radiation ‘slicing’ through the Milky Way. Now an astronomer who led the …

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NASA building new £480 million space telescope after 450ft asteroid narrowly missed Earth

NASA has revealed it is building a new space telescope to survey the sky for potentially hazardous asteroids that may be on a collision course with Earth. The infrared telescope, which is expected to cost $600 million (480 million), could reportedly launch as soon as 2025. It will enable the US space agency to find …

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Minecraft Earth early access rollout begins in October – GeekWire

A view of Minecraft Earth on Seattle’s Burke Gilman Trail. (GeekWire Photo / Joe Bergin) Microsoft will begin releasing the highly anticipated augmented reality mobile game Minecraft Earth in October, following several months of beta testing. Like the smash hit Pokémon Go, Minecraft Earth layers its universe over the real world, and that takes a …

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How life on Earth was boosted by an asteroid collision 446m years ago

Something mysterious happened nearly half a billion years ago that triggered one of the most important changes in the history of life on Earth. Suddenly, there was an explosion of species, with the biodiversity of invertebrate animals increasing from a very low level to something similar to what we see today. The most popular explanation …

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Minecraft Earth public early access will start going live this October, new features planned

Minecraft Earth is an upcoming game from Microsoft and Mojang, bringing the blocky create ’em up to augmented reality for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has been testing the game in closed beta in a few countries around the world, but as revealed today during Minecon 2019, the game will begin a global public preview …

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Earth may be in its hottest five-year period ever recorded

Mean surface temperature change during the North American summer in 2019 compared to 1981-2010. NASA/GISS We’ve just sweltered through the the hottest July ever recorded, complete with extreme heatwaves, and today a landmark report by a conglomerate of climate research organizations demonstrates the planet is warming like never before. The new assessment, commissioned by the United …

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Cataclysmic asteroid collision 470m years ago was crucial for life on Earth

An illustration issued by the Southwest Research Institute showing the giant asteroid collision in outer space that produced the dust that led to an ice age on Earth. (PA) A gigantic asteroid collision in space 470 million years ago is responsible for creating the right conditions for life on Earth. What’s more, clues from the …

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Two enormous asteroids will whizz past Earth tomorrow, NASA reveals

This weekend, two enormous asteroids will whizz past our planet, NASA has revealed. The first asteroid, called 2010 C01, is estimated to be around 120 to 260 metres in diameter. At the higher end of that estimate, that’s about the same size as the QE2. Meanwhile, the second asteroid, called 2000 QW7, is estimated to …

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Alien comet barrelling towards Earth could be visitor from another star system

An interstellar comet, similar to the mysterious space rock known as ‘Oumuamua that sped through our solar system in 2017, is headed our way. The mysterious space rock, known as comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was first spotted by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov in Ukraine on August 30. Now researchers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in …

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