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Daylight fireball recorded over Bahia, sonic boom reported, Brazil

A daylight fireball was recorded over the sky of Bahia, Brazil at around 13:02 UTC (10:02 LT) on Monday, May 17, 2021. The event was followed by a sonic boom heard by residents of the Macaúbas Brotas region. The bolide was detected by the GOES-16 weather...

May 18, 2021

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Newly-discovered asteroid 2021 JU6 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 JU6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00044 AU (65 820 km / 40 900 miles) from the center of our planet at 15:01 UTC on May 14, 2021. This is the 57th known asteroid to fly by Earth within 1 lunar distance since...

May 17, 2021

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Slow-moving fireball over the Mediterranean Sea

A slow-moving fireball was recorded over the Mediterranean Sea, between the coasts of Spain and Morocco, at 02:25 UTC on May 14, 2021. The fireball was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 68 000 km/h. It began at an altitude of...

May 15, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 JB6 flew past Earth at 0.27 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 JB6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.27 LD / 0.00071 AU (106 210 km / 66 000 miles) at 22:55 UTC on May 13, 2021. This is the 56th known asteroid to fly by Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

May 14, 2021

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Daylight fireball over San Francisco, California

A daylight fireball was recorded over Southern California, U.S. at around 02:19 UTC on May 14, 2021. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 34 reports and 1 video. Daylight fireball over California on May 14, 2021 - heatmap + trajectory. Credit: AMS Featured...

May 14, 2021

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Very bright Kreutz-family Sungrazing comet destroyed by the Sun

A very bright Kreutz-family Sungrazing comet was destroyed by the Sun on May 10, 2021. The object entered the view of the SOHO spacecraft's LASCO C3 instrument early May 8 and C2 on May 10. The object appeared to be tens of meters in diameter, which is fairly...

May 11, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 JQ2 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 JQ2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00045 AU (67 320 km / 41 830 miles) at 10:47 UTC on May 8, 2021. This is the 55th known asteroid to fly by Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. The...

May 10, 2021

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Bright fireball streaks across the sky over Minnesota

A bright fireball streaked across the sky over Minnesota at around 08:03 UTC on May 9, 2021. The event lasted several seconds before the object fragmented and disintegrated. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 39 reports by early Monday morning, from users in...

May 10, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 JS1 flew past Earth at 0.29 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 JS1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.29 LD / 0.00074 AU (110 700 km / 68 800 miles) from the center of our planet at 07:38 UTC on May 6, 2021. This is the 54th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since...

May 06, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 JV to flyby Earth at 0.36 LD on May 4

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 JV will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.36 LD / 0.00094 AU (140 620 km / 87 400 miles) at 21:29 UTC on May 4, 2021. This is the 53rd known asteroid to fly by Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2021...

May 04, 2021

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Venus' ionosphere undergoes puzzling changes over the 11-year solar cycle

A new study published today in Geophysical Research Letters confirms that Venus' upper atmosphere undergoes puzzling changes over the Sun's 11-year activity cycle. The scientists studied data provided by Parker Solar Probe's first direct measurement of...

May 03, 2021

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Record-breaking solar flare erupts from Proxima Centauri

Scientists have observed an extreme, record-breaking solar flare from Proxima Centauri, our sun's closest star. The outburst was roughly 100 times more powerful than any similar event seen from our own sun. Proxima Centauri is a small but 'mighty' red...

April 28, 2021

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InSight reveals surprising seismicity on Mars in its first continuous year of data

The SEIS seismometer package from the Mars InSight lander has revealed some surprises among more than 500 quakes detected so far on Mars in its first continuous year of data. The findings come from The Marsquake Service, part o the InSight ground team that monitors...

April 27, 2021

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Bright fireball lights up the sky over southern France

A bright fireball streaked across southern France at 20:28 UTC (22:28 LT) on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The fireball traveled over the Gulf of Lion, from Marseille to Montpellier. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 579 reports, from France, Italy, and...

April 26, 2021

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2018 Botswana Fireball (asteroid 2018 LA) likely a fragment of asteroid Vesta

A large fireball that exploded over Botswana in 2018 (asteroid 2018 LA) likely originated from Vesta, the second-largest object in the asteroid belt, according to an international team of scientists who analyzed fragments recovered after the impact. Vesta is the...

April 24, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 HN flew past Earth at 0.66 LD -- 18th within 1 LD in April

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 HN flew past Earth at a distance of 0.66 LD / 0.00170 AU (254 316 km / 158 024 miles) at 07:53 UTC on April 19, 2021. This is the 51st known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year and the 18th so far this...

April 19, 2021

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First flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2019, NASA said in a press release. The Ingenuity team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California...

April 19, 2021