space: June 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg The Earth had a close shave yesterday, when an asteroid the size of a house flew past in one of the closest near-misses ever recorded.

Admittedly the '2011 MD' space rock still missed us by 7,600 miles and even if it had hit, it would have been expected to burn up high in the atmosphere… but even so.

NASA say the 20 meter wide asteroid was closest to Earth at around 6pm and was bright enough to be seen even with a modest-sized telescope.

Astronomers had only spotted the asteroid last week, having previously thought it was a piece of space junk… maybe that's why they could only come up with such a poor name.

275x250.jpg A US man who describes himself as an 'armchair astronomer' claims he's found a strange structure on the surface of the red planet after using the Google Mars.

Though more professional astronomers are yet to be convinced, David Martines has already dubbed his find "Bio-Station Alpha" and claims it's evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Martines says he was scanning Google Mars when he stumbled on the discovery which he says is a 700ft long and 150ft wide cylindrical structure.

Speaking on YouTube - where great astronomers release their findings - Martines said: "It could be a power station or it could be a biological containment or it could be a glorified garage — hope it's not a weapon."

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