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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

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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

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Huge asteroid 2005 YU55 to pass near Earth in November

Mark your calendars for an impressive and upcoming flyby of an asteroid (2005 YU55) that’s one of the larger potentially perilous space rocks in the heavens – in terms of smacking the Earth in the future.It’s the case of asteroid 2005 YU55, a round mini-world

April 07, 2011

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A long-lived horseshoe companion to the Earth

There are plenty of near-Earth asteroids out there, but this latest one studied by two researchers at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland is extremely rare in that it has a weird, horseshoe-shaped orbit. Not that Asteroid 2010 SO16 does an about-face and turns

April 07, 2011

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Two asteroids to make close pass near Earth

It's notable when an asteroid flies past Earth closer than the Moon. Today, April 6th, two asteroids will do this.Newly-discovered space rocks 2011 GW9 and 2011 GP28 will zip through the Earth-Moon system at Earth-distances of 77,000 km and 192,000 km, respectively.

April 06, 2011

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Is Vesta an ordinary asteroid or something much more interesting?

On March 29, 1807, German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers spotted Vesta as a pinprick of light in the sky. Two hundred and four years later, as NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to begin orbiting this intriguing world, scientists now know how special this world is,

April 05, 2011

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Meteor boom shakes New Zealand

A meteor's million-year journey through the solar system ended in the skies above New Zealand, casting a bright blue light and creating a sonic boom that was heard in Raglan.The lights caused by the meteor's entry into the earth's atmosphere about 11pm on Monday

March 30, 2011

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NASA kills off comet hunter "Stardust"

Stardust launched in 1999 and in 2004 became the first and so far only mission to collect samples of comet dust when it flew by comet Wild 2. Stardust made a side trip to asteroid Annefrank in 2002 on its way to comet Wild 2. The samples parachuted to Earth in a

March 28, 2011

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Asteroid 2005 YU55 to approach Earth on November 8, 2011

Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass within 0.85 lunar distances from the Earth on November 8, 2011. The upcoming close approach by this relatively large 400 meter-sized, C-type asteroid presents an excellent opportunity for synergistic ground-based observations

March 13, 2011

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Brown dwarfs discovered?

Kevin Luhman of Pennsylvania State University in University Park and colleagues have used NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope to detect the glow of what appears to be a brown dwarf at just 30 °C (Astrophysical Journal Letters, DOI:

March 13, 2011

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Comet Elenin update

There was new update about comet Elenin posted today on Laura Knight-Jadczyk blog, reported on SoTT. There is NOT going to be a pole shift in the next week or so as certain raving nutzoids have been spamming all over the net. Also, Comet Elenin is NOT going

March 12, 2011

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Piece of meteor found near Krizevci, Croatia

A piece of a meteor was found near the central Croatian town of Krizevci, the first extra-terrestrial item to come down on Croatia in the last 60 years.A black stone weighing 292 grams was found on February 20, following the impact of a larger rock sometime between

March 09, 2011

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The scientists are puzzled with phenomenon of "Two Suns"

Over 80% of all solar systems have multiple suns, so is it possible that we live in a binary solar system with two suns as well? Recent discoveries point to the existence of an old brown dwarf. Our solar system is surrounded by a vast collection of icy bodies called...

March 06, 2011

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NASA Scientist Claims Evidence of Alien Life on Meteorite

We are not alone in the universe! Alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought. That's the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March

March 05, 2011

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Comet Elenin: Harbinger of What?

Note prior to reading: This is a two weeks old blog post that I just today came across and realized it had few things worth remembering and discussing here. I invite you all to read this blog post by Laura Knight Jadczyk and leave us your comments and thoughts,

March 01, 2011

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What's Hitting Earth?

Every day about 100 tons of meteoroids -- fragments of dust and gravel and sometimes even big rocks – enter the Earth's atmosphere. Stand out under the stars for more than a half an hour on a clear night and you'll likely see a few of the meteors produced

March 01, 2011

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Spiral comet seen above White Sea in Russia?!

Signs of  the Times site posted today interesting video from RealmLeaper -  recent sighting of strange object that could be spiral comet, over Severodvinsk in Russia, that was captured on February 26, 2011. There were also unconfirmed sighting of similar or even the

February 28, 2011