What came after the giant impact?

One of the nice things about our regular Wednesday research group meeting is that it provides a great opportunity to exchange information about what’s new and exciting in the field. It all helps to keep you up to date, in what is, a fast moving and exciting area of research. So it was last Wednesday,…

The Great Asteroid Race is on! – or is it?

Later this year two spacecraft will arrive at separate asteroids to map them, grab some samples and head home. It’s not really a race of course, their respective itineraries have been planned long in advance. If all goes well, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t, JAXA’s Hayabusa 2 will arrive at asteroid Ryugu in…

More about the Moon

The formation of the Moon remains a fascinating topic, with two recent papers providing some important new insights. A numerical modelling study by Nakajima and Stevenson indicates that, despite the very high temperatures involved in the giant impact, only a minor amount of water would have been lost from the newly-formed Moon. This is important…

Should I update my insurance policy?

We have to get this sorted. One website claims that the only meteorite casualty in recent times was that celebrated dog, killed in Nakhla,Egypt in 1911. Another website says that the only known meteorite fatality was a cow in Valera, Venezuela in 1972. Even if both are correct, it suggests that you shouldn’t rush to…