Comets and asteroids - page 12

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Large explosion reported at Webster Parish, Louisiana

Reports of some type of unique atmospheric phenomenon began coming into the NWS Shreveport office just before midnight, Monday, October 15, 2012. At the time it was unclear what exactly occurred. All that was known was that some type of explosion must have happened

October 17, 2012

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Draconid meteor shower peaks tonight

The annual Draconid meteor shower will peak overnight on October 7 and 8. Last quarter Moon on October 8 makes this quite a favourable year, as the Moon rises in late evening for the many northern hemisphere locations from where the Draconid radiant is circumpolar.

October 07, 2012

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Close flyby of 40m-wide Asteroid 2012 TV

M.P.E.C. reported the discovery of the Asteroid 2012 TV on October 6, 2012. Asteroid was  magnitude 17.6 when was discovered by team from Tenagra II Observatory.According to Remanzacco Observatory, Asteroid 2012 TV has an estimated size of 24 m - 55 m (H=25.1).

October 07, 2012

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Newly-discovered Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) will pass extremely close to the Sun next year

Vitali Nevski (Belarus) and Artyom Novichonok (Russia) on CCD images obtained on September 21, 2012 discovered new sundiving comet with a 0.4-m f/3 Santel reflector of the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) near Kislovodsk, Russia. The new

September 25, 2012

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PHA asteroid 2012 QE50 close encounter: October 8/9, 2012

The potentially hazardous asteroid 2012 QE50, discovered on 28 Aug. 2012 by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, will approach our planet with a minimum distance of 31.5 lunar distances (13 millions of km) on October 9, 2012. There is no serious threat for our

September 15, 2012

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PHA asteroids 2012 QG42 and 2012 QC8 to flyby Earth on September 14

On September 14, 2012 a pair of asteroids will make close flyby near the Earth and Moon. A 300-meter space rock 2012 QG42 comes from the inner asteroid belt and it will pass 2.8 million km (7.4 lunar distances) from Earth. 1.1 km in diameter 2012 QC8 is coming from...

September 12, 2012

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Jupiter hit by a fireball

There has been a visual sighting of an apparent fireball on Jupiter on September 10, 2012. The amateur who observed the flash was Dan Petersen, from Oregon, who made the observation at approximately 11:35 UTC on September 10. Petersen reported it to Richard Schmude...

September 11, 2012

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Meteoric explosion and sonic boom effect reported in United Kingdom

There are many reports of a meteorite that exploded over South Wales in Southwest Britain on August 27, 2012. People across UK reported that they saw bright light in sky around 11:10 PM local time. Meteorite exploded near town Cwmbran. Police said they have received

August 29, 2012

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Extremely rare image of a meteor in daylight with bow shock visible

This photograph was taken on the evening of July 30th, 2012 in the vicinity of Walnut Canyon, Flagstaff, Arizona at about 6:15 pm. Captured quite by accident and visible in the 11 o'clock position in the picture. It's a meteor with it's bow shockwave clearly visible as

August 01, 2012

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Potentially dangerous meteorite debris fell on Al-Shifa mountain in Saudi Arabia

The deputy chairman of the Astronomy Society in Jeddah and member of the Arab Federation for Space Science and Astrophysics, Sharaf al-Sufiyani revealed that meteorite debris fell on Al-Shifa mountain last Sunday July 22, 2012, near the village of Al-Ajbel.He pointed

July 25, 2012

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Comet 96P/Maccholz is passing by the Sun, now visible at STEREO and LASCO coronographs

Comet 96P/Machholz is passing by the Sun today deep inside the orbit of Mercury. At closest approach, it will be less than 0.13 AU from the solar surface. Comet 96P/Machholz is a short-period comet, completing an orbit around the Sun every 5.24-years. Comet

July 15, 2012

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Comet 96P/Machholz returns - Watch it on LASCO and STEREO

Between July 12-17, 2012, comet 96P/Machholz will be visible in the SOHO LASCO/C3 field of view and will brighten to about magnitude +2. Also, it should be visible from both STEREO A and B between July 13-15 and it comes to perihelion on July 14, 2012. The comet will

July 12, 2012

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Meteor or unknown luminous object crashed in Tarapaca region, Chile

Chilean La Tercera magazine reported a meteor or unindentified luminous object crash in Chile on July 9, 2012. It attracted the interest of the Chilean air force that monitored the town Inquique after the crash.The director of the National Emergency Office (Onemi)

July 11, 2012

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Comet 96P/Machholz visible on SOHO's LASCO C3 between July 12 - 17

Comet 96P/Machholz will next come to perihelion on July 14, 2012. Between July 12-17, 2012, comet Machholz will be visible in the SOHO LASCO/C3 field of view and will brighten to about magnitude +2.  It should be visible from both STEREO A and B between July

July 05, 2012

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Meteor plunges into ocean lighting up Perth sky?

Well, not so likely. Perth beachgoers at Cottesloe sighted fiery streak in the sky at sunset as a suspected meteor plunged into the ocean off the WA coast according to PerthNow. Gavin Trought, one of the readers,  snapped the 'fire in the sky' as it appeared over

July 01, 2012

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Scientists found new primitive mineral in meteorite from beginning of Solar System

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) discovered a new mineral embedded in the space rock - one they believe to be among the oldest minerals formed in the solar system. A new mineral embedded in a meteorite that fell to Earth over 40 years

June 29, 2012

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Meteor shower grounds Springer fire air support

A possible fireball or meteor shower grounded planes fighting the Springer fire near Lake George in the Pike National Forest, Colorado. A Pueblo air-dispatch center began receiving reports of "balls of fire or something in the air" at 2:37 p.m. local time on

June 21, 2012