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asteroid 2012 tc4

Asteroid 2012 TC4 to safely flyby Earth on October 12, 2017

A small Apollo-class asteroid named 2012 TC4 will safely flyby Earth at 06:07 UTC ( ± 02:51) on October 12, 2012. This asteroid has not ben seen since it was discovered in October 2012, when it flew past Earth at about 0.25 LD (¼ the distance from...

July 13, 2017

artist impression new horizons encounters kbo 2014 mu69

New mysteries surround MU69, New Horizons' next flyby target

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft doesn't zoom past its next science target until New Year's Day 2019, but the Kuiper Belt object, known as 2014 MU69, is already revealing surprises. Scientists have been sifting through data gathered from observing the...

July 08, 2017

night sky guide july 2017

Night sky guide for July 2017

The Earth's annual orbit around the Sun will carry us to our furthest point from the Sun - aphelion - at a distance of 1.02 AU on July 3. Technically speaking, this marks the moment when the Sun appears smaller in the sky than at any other time of year, and when...

July 01, 2017

orbiting black holes

Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes

For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth - a discovery more than a decade in the...

June 28, 2017

meteorite hits sudan june 2017 fragments

Meteorite hits White Nile, Sudan, large fragments found

Sudanese authorities said Sunday, June 25, 2017, they have recovered fragments of meteorites which struck a remote area of the state of White Nile in the south of the state at dawn on Wednesday, June 21. Eyewitness reports mention loud sound and a bright light that...

June 26, 2017

planet 10 new planet kuiper belt

Study suggests another large planetary body exists in Solar System

A new study from the University of Arizona suggests that an unknown, and currently unseen planetary body exists in the outer reaches of our solar system. The planet is located far beyond Pluto and has a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth. This object is...

June 23, 2017

quantum enabled satellite micius

China breaks quantum physics record, transmits entangled photons over 1 200 km

For the first time, scientists have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over a distance of 1 200 km (745 miles). The photon pairs were demonstrated to be still entangled after traveling long distances and Bell's inequality was...

June 16, 2017

electric jupiter and its many surprises

Electric Jupiter and its many surprises

Scientists working on NASA’s historic Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter have recently presented their early findings for the first time. Like so many other recent space missions, what they have discovered is not what they expected. As reported by New...

June 15, 2017

all stars born in pairs

Our sun had a twin when it was born, study

According to a new analysis by a theoretical physicist from UC Berkley and a radio astronomer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University, our sun, as well as every other sunlike star in the universe, had a twin when it was born. Astronomers...

June 14, 2017

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Meteorite hits ground in Jaipur, 4 kg (8.8 lbs) rock-like object found

A mysterious rock-like object appears to have fallen from the sky in an open field near the Bhankhrora residential area in the city of Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state on June 6, 2017, causing panic among locals. What's left of the object,...

June 06, 2017

english channel fireball june 1 2017

Very bright fireball over the English Channel

A very bright fireball was seen and recorded above the English Channel at 22:38 UTC on June 1, 2017. The fireball lasted several seconds and was primarily seen from England. The UK Meteor Network (UKMON) started receiving reports just minutes after the event....

June 02, 2017

night sky guide 2017 june

Night sky guide for June 2017

Although meteorologists often take summer/winter to start on June 1, northern hemisphere's summer and southern hemisphere's winter will officially begin on June 21 with June Solstice at 04:15 UTC. The Moon will reach its full phase at 13:11 UTC on June 9....

June 01, 2017

enceladus spin axis tilted due to asteroid impact

Enceladus' spin axis may have tilted due to asteroid impact

Cassini mission scientists found evidence that Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past. Its spin axis, the line through the north and south poles, has reoriented, possibly due to a collision with a smaller body such as...

May 31, 2017

juno results

Juno mission rewrites what we know about Jupiter

NASA’s Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft...

May 26, 2017

bright green fireball new zealand may 18 2017

Bright green fireball streaks across the New Zealand night sky

A bright green fireball streaked across the night sky over North Island, New Zealand on May 18, 2017. The event took place around 07:15 UTC (19:15 NZST) and lasted up to 7 seconds. According to witness reports, the event lasted a few seconds before it disintegrated...

May 19, 2017

asteroid 2017 jq1

Asteroid 2017 JQ1 flew past Earth at 0.44 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 JQ1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.44 LD (168 960 km / 104 986 miles) at 01:16 UTC on May 4, 2017. This is the 20th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9, 2017. 2017 JQ1 belongs to...

May 06, 2017

x ray tsunami discovered in perseus galaxy cluster

X-ray 'tsunami' discovered in Perseus galaxy cluster

Scientists have discovered a vast wave of hot gas in the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster, spanning some 200 000 light-years. This is twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. The discovery was made combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio...

May 02, 2017