Astronomers spot the birth of a planet for first time

Have we seen the birth of a planet for the first time Astronomers spot protoplanet still embedded in a disc of gas and dust If confirmed, will be the first time the birth of a planet has been capturedCould greatly improve our understanding of the way planets form By Mark Prigg PUBLISHED: 13:07 GMT, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:49 GMT, 1 March 2013 Astronomers believe they have captured the birth of a giant planet for the first time. The forming planet is so young it is still embedded in a thick disc of gas and dust. If confirmed, astronomers say the discovery will greatly improve our understanding of how planets form

Asteroid 2012 DA14 in "near miss" with the Earth, will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday

Asteroid in ‘near miss’ with the Earth: Object capable of destroying London will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday Scientists say there no chance the space rock will hit the planet But the asteroid could collide with satellites disrupting your mobile phone DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery a year ago. It is predicted to reach its nearest point to the Earth at around 7.30pm UK time on Friday. Experts have calculated it will stay at least 17,200 miles (27,681km) away – easily far enough to be safe, but a very close shave in astronomical terms

Earl of Cardigan on moving out his stately pile and why he"s living on benefits

I'm so broke I'm trying to get a job as a lorry driver: Earl of Cardigan on moving out his stately pile and why he's living on benefits /06/29/article-2166152-13D3CC0F000005DC-537_634x413.jpg” width=”634″ height=”413″ alt=”The Earl poses in front of Tottenham House, part of the 4,500 acre Savernake Estate in Wiltshire” class=”blkBorder” /> The Earl poses in front of Tottenham House, part of the 4,500 acre Savernake Estate in Wiltshire The Earl appointed the trustees — one of whom was a trusted friend of more than 30 years — several years ago to help him manage the estate’s complex affairs. But now the Earl says the trustees are refusing to give him access to his own money.

That was close! NASA says an asteroid will miss Earth by 553,000 miles in 2040

That's close! NASA says an asteroid will miss Earth by 553,000 miles in 2040 | UPDATED: 21:10 GMT, 22 December 2012 Not only did Earth survive the Mayan doomsday prophecy but now it appears we've dodged an asteroid as well.