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Comet Elenin self-destructs?

Whenever astronomers discover a comet headed inbound toward a close encounter the Sun, there's always buzz among observers about how bright it might get. That was certainly the case last December, when Comet Elenin (C/2010 X1) made its debut. Many hoped

August 30, 2011

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Comet Elenin (C/2010 X1) appears to be breaking apart

Comet Elenin (C/2010 X1), widely known for inaccurate reports of its threat to Earth, appears to be breaking apart. Observations by amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo of Castlemaine, Australia show a rapid dimming and elongation of the comet's nucleus akin to

August 30, 2011

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A bright meteor lit up the night sky above Atlanta

A bright meteor lit up the night sky above Atlanta on Sunday, August 28, 2011, in a dazzling display caught by NASA cameras. The meteor streaked over Atlanta, Ga., and its surrounding cities at the mind-blowing speed of about 52,800 mph (84,970 kph). NASA's...

August 29, 2011

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Space junk cleanup poses grand challenge for 21st century

Scientist warn about threat to spacecraft and the enviroment that posses space debris orbiting the Earth. According to J.-C. Liou of the Orbital Debris Program Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center, the space junk trend no longer can be reversed by full compliance with

August 16, 2011

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Comet Garradd seen in the night sky

 The comet, with the nomenclature C/2009 P1, is now coming into small telescope/binocular view so here’s your chance to see the brightest comet in the current night sky. You can find it in the late evening sky in the constellation Pegasus. Viewing it now,

August 14, 2011

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45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková

The comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is expected to brighten rapidly in August as it passes to the south of the Earth. It will be observable from the southern hemisphere for about 2 weeks before getting too close to the Sun.At its closest the comet will be 0.060 AU from

August 13, 2011

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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

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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 (http://elenin.org) 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

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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

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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

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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