We could lose the moon

There are plenty of disaster films out there. We know what’s in store for us if asteroids threaten the planet, if tidal waves hit New York, or if a cruise ship suddenly flips over and/or is attacked by a kraken. Unfortunately, by focusing on these impossible disasters, films have neglected even more impossible disasters. What … [Read the full story]

Asteroid will be close to hitting Earth in 2036

An asteroid may come uncomfortably close to Earth in 2036 and the United Nations should assume responsibility for a space mission to deflect it, a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists said. The 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading the way towards Kamchatkans and Venezuelans. Californians have even more reason to worry the asteroid is more … [Read the full story]

Strange but true…

The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons)! A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off – it dies from starvation! Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie! The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year! It’s against the law to pawn your … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylor’s SRU

Already this year’s election is prompting pollies to garner television coverage. Expect future Prime Minister hopeful Kevin Rudd, to appear more often on screen and in print. There’s been a sighting of the abducted missing child who was snatched in Portugal.  She would now be ten years old.  There was a possibility that she’d been … [Read the full story]

Huge asteroid set to pass Earth

A huge asteroid is set to pass closer to Earth than the Moon next week – becoming the biggest space rock to do so in 35 years. The circular asteroid, named 2005 YU55, is about 1,300ft wide and will pass at a distance of 202,000 miles. The time of the nearest fly-by is expected to … [Read the full story]

Sir David is back with Frozen Planet

Nothing fascinates me more than the sight of Sir David Attenborough, the Greatest Living Briton, explaining Darwin’s thesis from a rainforest, mountain top or frozen wasteland. Sir David is back on our screens in a new series on the Earth’s poles, which promises a show of dazzling brilliance no one else can hope to match. Frozen … [Read the full story]

How much money is the Earth actually worth?

It might seem astronomical, but buying the Earth would cost around five thousand trillion dollars, scientists have calculated. Even the richest man on the planet, $50 billion Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu, would have to round up over 100,000 similarly wealthy pals to afford it. The world by far the most expensive planet in out … [Read the full story]

The Earth will have two suns…one day

IT’S the ultimate experience for Star Wars fans, staring forlornly off into the distance as twin suns sink into the horizon. Yet it’s not just a figment of George Lucas’s imagination, twin suns are real. And here’s the big news, they could be coming to Earth. Yes, any day now we see a second sun … [Read the full story]

Spanish woman legally owns the sun

A woman from Galicia in Spain has declared herself the owner of the sun. Having drawn up title deeds and had them signed and stamped in front of a notary, Ángeles Durán claims that there is nothing in law that prevents anyone from claiming ownership of an astral body, only that of planets. An international agreement states … [Read the full story]

Asteroids just miss Earth

The two objects were only identified at the weekend by the Nasa-funded Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, during a routine sky scan. The first asteriod, christened 2010 RX30, was about 65 feet (20 metres) in diameter and flew past at a distance of 154,000 miles early at 9:51am on Wednesday. The second, called 2010 … [Read the full story]