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Perseid meteor shower on August 12th and 13th

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. International observers are now reporting more than a dozen Perseids per hour, a number that will increase as the shower reaches its peak on August 12-13. Full

August 10, 2011

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An exploding meteor responsible for a huge bang at Niue island in Pacific

An exploding meteor is believed to be responsible for a huge bang that reverberated around the Pacific island nation of Niue last week.Niue police chief Mark Chenery said the loud bang on Wednesday night woke the island's 1200 residents and he initially thought a

August 08, 2011

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Trail of crumbs discovered from potentially hazardous comet

A surprise meteor shower spotted in February was likely caused by cosmic "bread crumbs" dropped by an undiscovered comet that could potentially pose a threat to Earth.The tiny meteoroids that streaked through Earth's atmosphere for a few hours on Feb. 4 represent a

July 28, 2011


First Trojan asteroid found locked into Earth's orbit

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has found the very first asteroid that (more or less) shares an orbit with Earth! Called 2010 TK7, this asteroid is about 300 meters (roughly 1000 feet) across, and is the first in an up-to-now theoretical class of

July 28, 2011

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Comets Honda and Elenin fulfill Mayan, Hopi and Christian Prophecies as the Mayan calendar approaches its end on October 28, 2011

Many people have now heard about the upcoming entry to the inner solar system of the comet Elenin ( and there is a whole range of ideas and speculations about what this might entail. Comets have always been seen as harbingers of auspicious or (more

July 23, 2011


Space debris forces ISS astronauts to evacuate the station

The six-member crew of the International Space Station took shelter in two Russian Soyuz spacecraft early Tuesday because of a predicted close approach by an unknown piece of space debris.Safety procedures are put into effect when radar tracking indicates debris

June 28, 2011

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Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers above Earth's surface

Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday June 27 at about 1:00 p.m. EDT (1700 UT).

June 27, 2011


Small asteroid to whip past Earth on June 27

Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday June 27 at about 9:30 a.m. EDT. NASA analysts say there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth. Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth's

June 24, 2011

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Co-orbital asteroid 2009BD flyby

Small asteroid 2009 BD is flying through the Earth-moon system today about 215,000 miles from Earth. The 10m wide space rock poses no threat to our planet, but it is of acute scientific interest."It's notable because it remains close to Earth for months at a time and

June 02, 2011


New satellite tracking tools - WhatSat Satellite Explorer

Have you ever wondered, what's orbiting over your head right now? A new satellite-tracking tool called WhatSat can answer that question for you. It's an app for Android phones

May 17, 2011

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Watch tonight for Eta Aquarid meteor shower!!!

Bits and pieces of the famous Halley's Comet will light up the overnight sky in a promising meteor shower, weather permitting, skywatching experts say.The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak early tomorrow morning (May 6) and is expected to put on a

May 06, 2011

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Asteroid impacts in Antarctica

In a controversial study, gravity maps of the Antarctic continent have revealed what could be multiple asteroid impact sites. Gravity anomalies in Antarctica might mark spots where hundreds of thousands of years ago the frozen continent was struck by giant...

May 02, 2011

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Sky watchers - The Lyrid meteors passing by Earth!

 Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower--the Lyrids. This year the shower peaks on Friday morning, April 22nd. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is

April 22, 2011


Lyrids meteor shower

After 3,5 months of weak meteor activity, the Earth enters the drawn-out dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). Most years in April there are no more than 5 to 20 meteors per hour during the shower's peak. But sometimes, when Earth glides through an unusually dense

April 16, 2011


WISE preliminary data release - 57% of the sky

Finally, WISE team has released a data from its sky-mapping mission representing 57 percent of the sky as seen by WISE. This preliminary release will allow astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts worldwide to explore the sky as seen by WISE. It will also allow the WISE te

April 16, 2011

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Asteroid 2011 GP59 - Close Earth-Moon Flyby

Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 GP59 is flying past Earth today, April 15th, not far beyond the orbit of the Moon (1.4 LD). There's no danger of a collision, but the 50-meter space rock is remarkable: It is elongated and spinning once every 7.5 minutes. This causes

April 15, 2011


Comet Elenin continues to increase in size

April 8th at our observatory we carried out planned observations of Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin). An analysis of the results of the observations shows a rapid growth of the coma. Besides the internal compact gas envelope, the forming rarified external coma is

April 10, 2011