Asteroid! Duck!

Attack of the Hideous Space Varmints (1997) - money leaking from the Money Bin anchored to an asteroid in a ring around the asteroid

This not a warning of an impending asteroid impact, nor is it confusion about the nature of comet 67P. This is a tale about an asteroid and a duck. But not any old duck, rather one particular auld Pekin duck: the absurdly wealthy and characteristically cranky adventure capitalist Scrooge McDuck, the character created by Carl …

The Edge of Space

The Edge of Space

On 11 July, 2021, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, took a suborbital flight to the inner edge of outer space, reaching an altitude of 86 km (54 miles) above the surface of the Earth. Although it marked a milestone for space tourism, where that milestone marker should be placed is an ongoing matter …

Asteroid vs Comet

Asteroid 6478 Gault with tail

From active asteroids to dormant comets, rubbile piles to remnant cores, main belt comets and manx comets to ambiguous interstellar objects, this article provides a brief overview of the smaller objects in our planetary zoo and the main differences — and similarities — between asteroids and comets. But if it's meteors you're looking for, read …