Comets and asteroids

Gennady Borisov discovers new comet nov 14 2019

Amateur astronomer who detected an interstellar object discovers another comet

Crimean amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov​ discovered another comet in early November 2019, just months after tracking an interstellar comet in August which may be carrying alien water. The newly found stellar object is his ninth discovery. This object was...

November 18, 2019

borisov comet oct 2019

Hubble gives best look yet at first confirmed interstellar comet - Comet 2I/Borisov

NASA's Hubble space telescope provided astronomers with the best look yet at Comet 2I/Borisov, the first confirmed interstellar comet, on October 12, 2019. The observation is the sharpest view ever of the said comet. Hubble showed a central concentration of dust...

October 20, 2019

asteroid

New evidence supports giant asteroid impact 12 800 years ago

A research team from South Africa has discovered new evidence that suggests Earth was struck by an asteroid or meteorite 12 800 years ago. The event resulted in global consequences and the extinction of many species at the period of an episode called Younger Dryas....

October 13, 2019

comet c2019q4 sept 10 2019

Comet 2019 Q4 (Borisov) likely an interstellar visitor

NASA believes that the mysterious comet named C/2019 Q4, which exited the astronomical community this week, is from outside the solar system. The object was discovered by Gennady Borisov, a Crimean astronomer at the MARGO observatory, Nauchnij, on August 30, 2019....

September 15, 2019

australia fireball may 2019

Small asteroid explodes over Australia

An asteroid with an estimated diameter of 1.2 m (3.9 feet) streaked through the night sky over central Australia around 14:50 UTC on May 19 (00:20 ACST May 20) and was captured by multiple cameras. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated in...

May 20, 2019

sungrazer march 1 2019

House-sized Sungrazer comet enters LASCO C3 view

A bright sungrazing comet has entered SOHO/LASCO C3 camera view. While this is SOHO's approximately 3 687th comet discovery, it's only the 7th Sungrazer discovered this year, suggesting we're currently seeing a low-density part of the Kreutz stream....

March 01, 2019

asteroid 2018 nw

Asteroid 2018 NW flew past Earth at 0.32 LD, the second at 0.3 LD in 8 hours

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 NW flew past Earth at 0.32 LD / 0.00083 (124 166 km / 77 153 miles) at 03:12 UTC on July 8, 2018. Asteroid 2018 NW belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter of 7.2 to 16 m (23 - 52 feet). It...

July 10, 2018

asteroid ryugu hayabusa2

Ion-powered Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrives at asteroid Ryugu

The unmanned Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 has arrived at asteroid Ryugu, currently located 284 million km (176 million miles) away from Earth. The spacecraft will attempt 3 brief touch-and-go landings over the next 18 months to collect samples and return them to...

June 27, 2018

asteroid 2018 la f

Asteroid 2018 LA explodes over South Africa and Botswana several hours after discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 LA exploded somewhere along the South Africa - Botswana border region at 16:53 UTC on June 2, 2018. The asteroid was discovered several hours before it entered our atmosphere. It is possible pieces of it survived the entry...

June 03, 2018

asteroid 2018 hv

Small asteroid 2018 HV flew past Earth at 0.4 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 HV flew past Earth at 0.4 LD / 0.00104 AU (155 581 km / 96 674 miles) on April 22, 2018. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on April 21, just hours before its...

April 23, 2018

asteroid 2018 ge3

Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at 0.5 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.5 LD or 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on April 15, 2018. This is the 28th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

April 16, 2018

asteroid 2018 dv1

Asteroid 2018 DV1 to flyby Earth at 0.29 LD on March 2

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 DV1 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.29 LD or 0.00075 AU (~112 198 km / 69 716 miles) on March 2, 2018. This will be the 18th known and 6th closest asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the...

February 27, 2018

Chelyabinsk Asteroid

5th anniversary of Chelyabinsk event, the biggest asteroid airburst since 1908

February 15, 2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the Chelyabinsk event, the biggest asteroid airburst this century so far and the biggest one since the 1908 Tunguska event. This is also the only asteroid confirmed to have resulted in a large number of injuries. The...

February 15, 2018

asteroid 2018 cd3

Asteroid 2018 CD3 to flyby Earth at 0.93 LD on February 15

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CD3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.93 LD / 0.00238 AU (~356 042 km / 221 234 miles) at 19:42 UTC on February 15, 2018. This is the 14th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

February 12, 2018

asteroid 2018 cn2

Asteroid 2018 CN2 flew past Earth at 0.18 LD, discovered one day before closest approach

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CN2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD / 0.00047 AU (~ 70 310 km / 43 689 miles) on February 9, 2018, one day after it was discovered. This is the 12th of 13 known asteroids to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance...

February 11, 2018

asteroid 2018 cf2

Asteroid 2018 CF2 flew past Earth at 0.25 LD, one day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CF2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.25 LD / 0.00065 AU (~97 238 km / 60 421 miles) on February 6, 2018, one day before its discovery. This is the 4th closest known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year....

February 11, 2018

asteroid 2018 cs1

Asteroid 2018 CS1 flew past Earth at 0.90 LD, 3 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CS1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.90 LD / 0.00230 (~ 344 075 km / 213 798 miles) on February 4, 2018, 3 days before it was first observed. A total of 13 known asteroids flew past us within 1 lunar distance since the...

February 11, 2018