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Slow-moving fireball over the United Kingdom, meteorites possible in Gloucestershire

A large slow-moving fireball was observed over the United Kingdom at around 21:55 UTC on February 28, 2021. Meteorites may have been dropped in Gloucestershire. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 846 reports by early March 1. The event was recorded on many...

March 01, 2021

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Bright blue fireball lights up night sky over Mallorca, Spain

A bright fireball streaked across the skies of Mallorca, Spain, at around 20:17 UTC (21:17 LT) on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Sources from the Institute of Space Sciences said that their experts are now working on the reconstruction of the orbit and trajectory of...

February 25, 2021

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New map of solar neighborhood shows binary stars are all around us

The recent data from the Gaia space observatory has allowed astronomers, for the first time, to create a large 3D atlas of widely separated binary stars--1.3 million of them, within roughly 3 000 light-years of Earth. The atlas, generated by Ph.D. astrophysics...

February 25, 2021

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Bright fireball streaks across Alberta, Canada

A brilliant fireball streaked across the skies of Alberta, Canada, at 13:23 UTC (06:23 LT) on Monday, February 22, 2021. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received more than 400 reports and 100+ videos from witnesses as far north as Pink Mountain in British...

February 23, 2021

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Artificial bolide produced by the re-entry of the second stage of Falcon 9 rocket

A bright and slow-moving artificial bolide -- designated SPMN160221ART -- was recorded over the Mediterranean Sea at 05:57 UTC on February 16, 2021, by the SPanish Meteor Network (SPMN). The source of the event was atmospheric re-entry of the second stage of the...

February 22, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 DG to flyby Earth at 0.43 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 DG will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.43 LD / 0.00111 AU (166 050 km / 103 180 miles) from the center of our planet at 14:21 UTC on February 18, 2021. This is the 20th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar...

February 18, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 CW7 to flyby Earth at 0.07 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 CW7 will fly by Earth at a distance of 0.07 LD / 0.00019 AU (28 420 km / 17 660 miles) at 16:14 UTC on February 14, 2021. This object was first observed at GINOP-KHK, Piszkesteto, Hungary on February 13, one day before...

February 14, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 CA6 to flyby Earth at 0.43 LD on February 13

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 CA6 will fly by Earth at a distance of 0.43 LD / 0.00111 AU (166 050 km / 103 180 miles) at 15:58 UTC on February 13, 2021. This is the 16th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

February 12, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 CZ3 flew past Earth at 0.06 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 CZ3 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.06 LD / 0.00015 AU (22 440 km / 13 950 miles) from the center of our planet at 01:50 UTC on February 9, 2021. In 2021, we had a total of 14 asteroid flybys within 1 lunar distance, of...

February 12, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 CQ5 to flyby Earth at 0.46 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 CQ5 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.46 LD / 0.00119 AU (178 021 km / 110 617 miles) at 22:35 UTC on February 11, 2021. This is the 14th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

February 11, 2021

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Hubble discovers concentration of small black holes at the heart of globular cluster NGC 6397

Astronomers on the hunt for an intermediate-mass black hole at the heart of the globular cluster NGC 6397, found something they weren’t expecting -- a concentration of smaller black holes lurking there instead of one massive black hole. Image credits: NASA,...

February 11, 2021

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China's first Mars explorer Tianwen-1 reaches red planet a day after UAE's Hope spacecraft

Tianwen-1, China's first spacecraft designed to explore Mars, has successfully reached the red planet on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, one day after the United Arab Emirates' Hope spacecraft. In three months, China will attempt to drop a lander and rover to...

February 11, 2021

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Newly-discovered asteroid 2021 CO to flyby Earth at 0.94 LD on February 11

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 CO will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.94 LD / 0.00242 AU (362 026 km / 224 953 miles) on February 11, 2021. This is the 12th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year and the 3rd so far this month. 2021 CO...

February 08, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 AH8 flew past Earth at 0.14 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 AH8 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.14 LD / 0.00035 AU (52 360 km / 32 534 miles) from the center of our planet at 19:22 UTC on January 4, 2021. This is the 9th known asteroid to fly past Earth since the start of the...

January 26, 2021

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Twilight fireball over Belgium

A bright fireball streaked through the early morning sky over Belgium at 06:52 UTC on January 22, 2021. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 192 reports from the Netherlands, Belgium, northern France, and England, UK. According to FRIPON, some...

January 25, 2021

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Very bright fireball over Madrid, Spain

A very bright fireball was spotted over Madrid at about 02:56 UTC on January 21, 2021, and recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the...

January 22, 2021

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AMS camera system detects meteor outburst of unknown origin

The American Meteor Society (AMS) camera system captured a swarm of 7 bright meteors of unknown origin within just 3 seconds of one another at 11:50 UTC on January 18, 2021. Five of the seven meteor paths intersected in an area just east of the 3rd magnitude star...

January 22, 2021