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asteroid 2017 uk8

Asteroid 2017 UK8 flew past Earth at 0.59 LD, 10th this month within 1 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 UK8 flew past Earth at 0.59 LD / 0.00151 AU (~ 225 892km / 140 363 miles) at 05:17 UTC on October 30, 2017. This is the 46th known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of year, and...

October 30, 2017

2017 U1 orbit

First interstellar near-Earth object originating out of our solar system

Observations of a recently discovered near-Earth object currently designated A/2017 U1 suggest the object approached our solar system almost directly 'above' the ecliptic on September 9, 2017, and passed under Earth's orbit on October 14 at 60 lunar...

October 26, 2017

850 hpa temp anomaly nov 3 2017

First significant cold blast expected in Europe late this weekend

A sharp patter change is expected to affect Europe starting late this weekend with much colder temperatures than average. "Various models are in good agreement for a sharp pattern change starting late this weekend from northern Europe spreading into...

October 25, 2017

record heat wildfires california october 2017

Record-high October temperatures hit California

A record-breaking heat is expected to continue affecting California for the third day in a row today. While more records could fall on Thursday, October 26, the temperatures are expected to return to normal for the season by the end of the week. Hot and dry Santa...

October 25, 2017

comet 96p machholz 2002

Comet 96P/Machholz enters field view of LASCO coronagraphs

For the fifth time since SOHO launched in 1995, fascinating comet 96P/Machholz will be entering the field of view of the SOHO/LASCO coronagraphs. This year, however, it will also pass through the view of STEREO-A/SECCHI COR1 and COR-2 coronagraphs. For the first...

October 24, 2017

Otgontenger

10 killed, 7 missing in an avalanche on Otgontenger, Mongolia’s highest peak

Ten people have been killed and 7 are missing after being caught in an avalanche on Mount Otgontenger, Mongolia's highest peak. Authorities banned climbing the peak for safety reasons two years ago. According to the Mongolian National Emergency Management...

October 23, 2017

asteroid 2017 uj2

Asteroid 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at 0.05 LD, second closest of the year

A small asteroid designated 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.05 LD or 0.00012 AU (~17 951 km / 11 154 miles) from the center of Earth on October 20, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 42nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1...

October 22, 2017

cme produced by m1 1 solar flare october 20 2017

Moderate M1.1 solar flare off eastern limb, old Region 2673 returns

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 at its peak erupted at 23:28 UTC on October 20, 2017 from the vicinity of old Region 2682, numbered 2673 two rotations ago. Radio signatures suggested and coronagraph imagery confirmed, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was...

October 21, 2017

waves off ireland produced by ex hurricane ophelia october 16 2017

Ophelia created biggest waves ever recorded off Irish coast

The M5 buoy off the southeast coast of Ireland recorded one individual wave reached a startling height of 17.81 m (58.4 feet) on Monday, October 16, 2017, the Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirms. This is now the biggest individual wave ever recorded off the...

October 20, 2017

new york fireball october 18 2017

Bright daylight meteor recorded over Long Island, New York

A bright daylight meteor was observed and recorded disintegrating over Long Island, New York at around 19:00 UTC (15:00 EDT) on October 18, 2017. The event reportedly lasted from 3.5 to 7.5 seconds. One user reported seeing it for about 20 seconds. Although the...

October 19, 2017

estimated population with arsenic usa

Study estimates about 2.1 million people in United States use wells high in arsenic

A new study by the US Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 2.1 million people in the United States. may be getting their drinking water from private domestic wells considered to have high concentrations of arsenic,...

October 19, 2017

goce

The missing mass — what is causing a geoid low in the Indian Ocean?

The Earth’s interior is still a mystery to us. While we have sent missions to probe the outer reaches of our solar system, the deepest boreholes on Earth go down to only a few kilometers. The only way to learn what’s going on deep inside our planet, in...

October 17, 2017

td24 china vietnam october 16 2017

Death toll mounts to 72 as another rainmaker nears flood-ravaged Vietnam

The death toll caused by worst floods to hit Vietnam in decades has reached 72, Vietnamese officials said Monday, October 16, 2017. 30 people are still unaccounted for, including 13 in Yen Bai and 10 in Hoa Binh. The announcement comes on the same day the country...

October 16, 2017

ngc 4993 showing merging neutron star pair

ESO: Merging neutron stars scatter gold and platinum into space

ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind...

October 16, 2017

asteroid 2017 tf5

Asteroid 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, 4 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD (~280 320 km / 174 182 miles) at 07:40 UTC on October 10, 2017, 4 days before it was discovered. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

October 16, 2017

flood

Sudden onset disasters to make 14 million people homeless every year

Research findings released October 13 on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk. A unique...

October 14, 2017

hurricane ophelia forecast track october 12 2017

Ophelia is 10th consecutive Atlantic hurricane - tying the all-time record set in 1878

Ophelia became a hurricane on October 11, 2017 thus becoming the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane status, tying the all-time record set in 1878 and equaled in 1886 and 1893, according to Dr. Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU...

October 12, 2017