Astronomers and amateurs brace for a year of comets and close asteroids

Astronomers and amateurs brace for a year of comets and close asteroids

Astronomers are gearing for thrills this year when earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets.

Monday, 7 January, 2013, 4:40am

Experts gather to ponder origins of life

Nearly 200 scientists from 20 countries are in Hong Kong this week to try to answer one of the biggest questions of all time: How did life on Earth begin?

They are taking part in a symposium organised by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on the subject 'Organic Matter in Space - Quest for Life's Origins' at the University of Hong Kong.

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The Planets

The Planets

by Dava Sobel

Fourth Estate, $217

11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Comet hit makes big impact

How did life arrive on Earth? Nasa scientists are hoping they will soon be able to answer this question after their first successful space collision took place on July 5

Scientists were earlier this month holding their breath as a Nasa space probe headed for a comet 134 million km from Earth. They cheered as they watched the probe slam into the side of the comet.

16 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

HK may enjoy rare astronomical event: newspaper

Updated at 12.53pm: Hong Kong might experience a rare astronomical event next month - when two visible comets appear together over the territory, the Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Hong Kong Astronomical Society said its members had already spotted one of the comets near New Zealand.

15 Apr 2004 - 12:00am


Fireballs From Space

World, 9pm

14 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Today in history

In Hong Kong

1964: Hong Kong was a poor market for buttons, a local man told an international conference of button-makers in Australia. Len Page, general manager of Beutron, a manufacturer of synthetic mother-of-pearl buttons, said Chinese women still preferred the cheongsam - which, unfortunately, didn't

have buttons.

8 Nov 2000 - 12:00am