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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

daytime meteor st louis june 6 2016

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

asteroid 2017 ja

Asteroid 2017 JA flew past Earth at a distance of 0.26 LD

A newly discovered asteroid 2017 JA flew past Earth at a distance of 0.26 LD (~99 840 km / 62 037 miles) on May 2, 2017, just a day after it was discovered. This is the 19th known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance. 2017 JA was first observed...

May 02, 2017

night sky guide may 2017

Night sky guide for May 2017

May 2017 brings us Eta Aquarids, an above average meteor shower capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, in the southern hemisphere. The waxing gibbous moon, however, will block out many of the fainter meteors this year. The Moon will be located...

May 01, 2017

asteroid 2017 hg4

Asteroid 2017 HG4 flew past earth at 0.61 LD

A near-Earth asteroid designated 2017 HG4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.61 LD (~234 240 km / 145 550 miles) on April 22, 2017, four days before it was discovered. This makes it the 18th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9,...

April 28, 2017

florida fireball april 26 2017 03 52 utc

Long-lasting fireball over Florida

A long-lasting fireball was seen over Florida around 03:52 UTC on April 26, 2017 (23:52 EDT on April 25). The event lasted up to 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 46 reports by 17:35 UTC. Five witnesses reported sound associated with the event while...

April 26, 2017

new data shows heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data show heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data covering an entire 11-year solar activity cycle suggest that Sun and planets in our solar system are surrounded by a giant, spherical system of magnetic field from the Sun, calling into question the current view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind...

April 24, 2017

asteroid 2017 hv2

Newly discovered asteroid 2017 HV2 to flyby Earth at 0.33 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 HV2 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.33 LD (~126 720 km / 78 740 miles) on April 23, 2017. This is the 17th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2017 HV2 belongs to the...

April 23, 2017