Eddy's Good News: NASA produces new findings from asteroid and a great discovery from India

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27 Jan 2023, 10:22

Credit: Kevin M Gil artist impression of Itokawa asteroid

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Friday 27th January 2023

Good news from the guys at NASA and the Japanese space agency who’ve been studying the composition of giant asteroids and made a discovery that could help save planet earth in the future.

Say konichiwa to an asteroid called Itokawa, which is, amazingly as old as this solar system and currently 1.2 million miles away from earth. What makes Itokawa special is not it’s size, it’s about the size of Sydney Harbour Bridge, but its composition, it’s what’s known as a rubble pile asteroid, which as its name suggests, is a cluster of much smaller asteroid and therefore absorbs impacts and lasts much longer as it travels through the universe.

The important work being done in earth defence has now made this critical discovery that an asteroid like this can’t be destroyed by a direct hit, it’s a nuclear explosion near it, which will knock the whole thing off course, then have everybody in mission control throw stuff in the air, just like in the films ;)

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org

Credit: Harsha Dhiman et al, 2023, PLOS ONE, CC-BY 4.0

Good news from India and the titanic discovery of six new species of dinosaur, and that’s not even the best bit, it’s their eggs that have palaeontologists throwing their trowels in the air. 

Say hello to the team of dino hunters in Madhya Pradesh who’ve found an astonishing trove of dinosaur eggs, no less than 92 clutches of eggs belonging to  sauropods called Titanosauria. 

These whoppers were the biggest land animals ever at a hundred feet in length. 

The eggs are around 6.3 inches in diameter so you can imagine that as a bowling ball, and they found hundreds of them! 

The fascinating thing about this treasure trove of eggs in the clues they give to how these gigantic, long necked dinosaurs reproduced. The eggs were placed very deliberately close to each other, which means the Titanosaurs were aware of their massive chonkiness, they placed the eggs close for safety in numbers but in such a way that they couldn’t incubate them or feed them, because there was no room for manoeuvre. They would have let them fend for themselves as a colony. 

Scientists think these eggs are so well preserved because they were laid near a river which flooded the area before they hatched and that stopped them being scrambled, fried or poached! 

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org