Comets and asteroids - page 5

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Comet 67P has 19 000 km long coma and Rosetta is less than 30 km from its surface

ESA has released a montage of four images of Comet 67P/C-G taken on September 26, from a distance of 26.3 km (16 miles) from the center of the comet, showing spectacular region of activity at the neck of the comet. What we’re seeing is the product of ices

October 04, 2014

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Preliminary map of Rosetta's target - comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The preliminary map of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and new high resolution images from OSIRIS instrument were released at special session at EPSC yesterday. This is the first time a cometary surface was seen in such detail. In some of the images, one pixel correspon

September 09, 2014

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Binary asteroid 2002 CE26 to safely flyby Earth on September 9, 2014

Asteroid 2014 RC flew past Earth yesterday and left a warning sign in Nicaragua's capital Managua but there is another and bigger asteroid approaching our planet.Discovered on February 10, 2002, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (L

September 08, 2014

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Meteorite hits Nicaragua's capital, leaves 12-meter wide crater

A meteorite hit Nicaragua's capital Managua around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, September 7, and left a 12-meter wide crater in a wooded area near the city's airport. The meteorite impact was accompanied by a loud boom and a burning smell.

September 08, 2014

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Asteroid 2014 RC to flyby through Earth-Moon system on September 7, 2014

Newly discovered 20-meters wide (60 feet) asteroid named 2014 RC will enter the Earth - Moon system on Sunday, September 7, 2014, and flyby just 40 000 km (25 000 miles / 0.1 LD) from Earth. That's almost inside the orbit of geosynchronous

September 05, 2014

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Large fireball recorded over Campinas, Brazil

A large fireball was captured streaking across the skies of the city of Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil, at 22:07 UTC on Monday, September 1, 2014.The fireball was captured by stations in Campinas (OMCJN and WAS) and Mogi das Cruzes (MC4).Video credit: 

September 03, 2014

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Supermoon vs Perseid meteors

During the second week of August, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year will face off against everyone's favorite meteor shower - Perseids - and the outcome could be beautiful.On August 10, 2014, just as the Perseids are set to peak, the Moon wil

July 29, 2014

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Watch near-Earth asteroid 2014 KH39 close fly-by today

A 22 meters wide asteroid named "2014 KH39" will make a very close approach with the Earth on June 3, 2014, reaching a minimum distance of less than 440 000 km (1.14 lunar distances, 438 460 miles). The closest approach is expected at 20:07 UTC today.This is a

June 03, 2014

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Citizen scientists took control of long forgotten International Cometary Explorer

A group of citizen scientists who raised almost $160,000 to fund the process of taking control of 36-year-old International Cometary Explorer (ICE), formerly known as International Sun/Earth explorer 3 (ISEE-3), announced that after 16 years of silence tw

May 30, 2014

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Chelyabinsk meteorite parent body collided with asteroid before hitting Earth

Several fragments of Chelyabinsk meteorite found in Russia last year show a clear evidence for an intense impact event to its parent body. This impact might have separated Chelyabinsk asteroid and point it in our direction.On February 15, 2013,

May 22, 2014

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Earth and Moon to pass through Comet LINEAR's dust trail on May 24th - LIVE

Astronomers are excited about a new meteor shower that could put on a spectacular show on the night of May 24 when Earth and Moon pass through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in its past orbits. This meteor shower is new and no one is sure h

May 22, 2014

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New meteor shower and possible meteor storm on May 24th

On the night of May 24 Earth will possibly pass through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in its past orbits. If this happens we might see a brief but intense burst of meteor activity. No one has ever seen it before and although nothing is certain at th

May 06, 2014

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First image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has captured the first image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars. The night-sky image actually includes two asteroids: Ceres and Vesta, plus one of Mars' two moons, Deimos, which may have been an

May 01, 2014

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New surprising data: 26 multi-kiloton asteroid impacts detected since 2001

At a press conference held today at the Seattle Museum of Flight, three prominent astronauts supporting the B612 Foundation presented a visualization of new data showing the surprising frequency at which the Earth is hit by asteroids. The astronauts were guests of

April 22, 2014

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ESO announces discovery of first ring system around asteroid

Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO’s La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the

March 27, 2014

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Asteroid 2003 QQ47 to safely fly by Earth on March 26, 2014

Asteroid 2003 QQ47 received quite a bit of media attention back in 2003 when it was discovered because it was said that it had a small chance of colliding with our planet in the year 2014. It was rated a "1" on the Torino impact hazard scale of 1

March 18, 2014

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Attention coders: $35,000 contest to develop improved algorithms for detection of asteroids

NASA's Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The first contest in the series will kick off on March

March 13, 2014