Comets and asteroids - page 12


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Meteorite or UFO North of Chile

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


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


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

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Meteorite shower accompanied by huge blast-like sounds hit Katol region, India

"The phenomenon of balls of fire shooting from the sky accompanied by huge blast-like sounds was witnessed by many last Tuesday evening (May 22, 2012) around 5 p.m. The shower was travelling in the eastern direction and is the first such meteorite shower recorded in

May 31, 2012


Asteroid 2012 KT42 buzzes Earth

The newly-discovered 3-10 meter wide asteroid is flying past Earth today (May 29th) only ~14,000 km (8,700 miles) or about 0.05 lunar distance (0.0001379 AU) above Earth's surface. Asteroid 2012 KT42 will actually fly inside the Clark Belt of geosynchronous

May 29, 2012

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A new count of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - 4,700 asteroids have the potential to make close Earth approaches

The new analysis suggests that about twice as many potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) as previously thought reside in low-inclination orbits, which are roughly aligned with the plane of Earth's orbit. The new results from data obtained from the asteroid-hunting

May 17, 2012


Supermoon this weekend, Eta Aquarid meteor shower and Venus transit this week

This weekend will provide the full Moon’s closest approach of the year to Earth. On Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Moon could appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to some calculations.Every month, as the Moon circles the

May 04, 2012


Fragments of the April's daylight fireball found in California

The large fireball illuminated the sky over the Sierra Nevada mountains and created sonic booms that were heard over a wide area on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Peter Jenniskens, an expert in meteors and meteorites, has been successful in locating fragments from the huge

April 26, 2012