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asteroid 2017 qn2

Asteroid 2017 QN2 to flyby Earth at 0.57 LD on August 20, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 QN2 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.57 LD (~ 218 880 km / 136 005 miles) on August 20, 2017. This is the 23rd known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. This asteroid...

August 20, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 QP1 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD, 2 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 QP1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.17 LD (~65 280 km / 40 563 miles) on August 14, 2017, two days before it was discovered. This is the 22nd known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance...

August 20, 2017

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3122 Florence - one of the largest known asteroids to flyby Earth on September 1

A huge, Amor-class asteroid named 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) will flyby Earth at 18.38 LD (~7 million km / 4.4 million miles / 0.047 AU) at 12:06 UTC on September 1, 2017. This is the largest asteroid to pass this close to our planet since the first near-Earth...

August 14, 2017

asteroid 2012 tc4 geocentric diagram

New observations of near-Earth asteroid 2012 TC4 reveal 0.1 LD flyby

New observations of near-Earth asteroid designated 2012 TC4 reveal it will fly past our planet at a very close distance of 0.13 LD (~50 100 km / 31 140 miles) at 05:42 UTC October 12, 2017. Current estimates suggest it should peak around mag 13 at closest approach....

August 10, 2017

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Partial lunar eclipse of August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse will take place on August 7, 2017, with the greatest eclipse occurring at 18:20 UTC. It will be visible from eastern Europe, throughout most of eastern Africa, central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia. This lunar eclipse will begin at...

August 07, 2017

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Bright fireball streaks over Seattle, Washington

A widely observed bright fireball streaked over the states of Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, US and British Columbia, Canada at around 04:53 UTC on July 30, 2017 (21:53 PDT on July 29). As of 14:39 UTC on August 4, there are 843 witness reports submitted to the...

August 04, 2017

night sky guide august 2017

Night sky guide for August 2017

Solar eclipse chasers, especially those living in the United States, have waited for this month for many years. On August 21, a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the US will make the Moon completely block out the Sun - total solar eclipse, revealing the...

August 01, 2017

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Study provides evidence for externally powered Sun

A new study published in the International Journal of Current Research provides evidence for externally powered Sun, challenging the concepts of the Standard Solar Model (SSM). The study suggests our star is not an isolated celestial body, but rather it is linked...

August 01, 2017

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Saturn's 'weird' magnetic field perplexes scientists

The Cassini probe's first results from inside Saturn's rings make scientists question the conventional wisdom on how planets form magnetic fields. As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings,...

July 27, 2017

slow moving fireball mediterranean sea july 25 2017

Slow fireball recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

This beautiful fireball overflew the western Mediterranean Sea, south of Span, at 22:18 UTC on July 25, 2017 (00:18 CET, July 26). The event lasted nearly 9 seconds. Following the analysis carried out by the SMART Project’s Principal Investigator, Professor...

July 26, 2017

large distant comets more common than thought

Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study. Because they spend most of their time far from our area of the solar system, many "long-period comets" will never approach the Sun in a...

July 26, 2017

asteroid 2017 OO1 flyby july 21 2017

Asteroid 2017 OO1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.33 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 OO1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.33 LD (~125 720 km / 78 740 miles) at 02:27 UTC on July 21, 2017. It was discovered 2 days after its closest approach. This is the 21st known near-Earth asteroid to flyby...

July 25, 2017

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

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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