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Major meteor shower: Leonids peak this weekend

The Leonid meteor shower is a major meteor shower (Class I), running annually from November 5 to December 3. This year, it will reach its maximum rate of activity on the night of November 17 and the morning of November 18. The maximum rate of meteors expected to be...

November 17, 2017

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Astronomers discover new type of cosmic explosion

An international team of astronomers, including a University of Southampton expert, has discovered a new type of explosion in a distant galaxy. The explosion, called PS1-10adi, seems to prefer active galaxies that house supermassive black holes consuming the gas and...

November 16, 2017

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Very bright fireball explodes over northern Finland, sonic boom reported

A very bright fireball exploded over Lapland, northern Finland at 16:40 UTC (18:40 EET) on November 16, 2017. The event lasted between 5 and 10 seconds and was seen across northern Finland, especially Nellim, Solojärvi and Ivalo, and from northern Norway. This...

November 16, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 VF14 flew past Earth on November 13 at 0.80 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VF14 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD / 0.00205 AU (~ 306 675 km / 190 559 miles) on November 13, 2017, two days after it was discovered. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of...

November 16, 2017

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Bright fireball over Ohio, 43 reports received

A bright fireball was seen streaking through the sky over Ohio, United States at 01:49 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:49 EST, November 14). This is the third of four major fireball events within 10 hours, according to the International Meteor Organization (IMO). The...

November 15, 2017

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Bright fireball over western France, 70 reports received

A bright fireball entered Earth's atmosphere over the city of Bordeaux, western France at 21:32 UTC (22:32 CET) on November 14, 2017, as the second major fireball event within 5 hours. It lasted up to 3 seconds. The International Meteor Organization (IMO)...

November 15, 2017

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Very bright fireball explodes over Arizona, 4th major fireball within 10 hours

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Arizona at around 03:29 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:29 MST, November 14). The event lasted up to 7 seconds and does not appear as a good candidate for the Taurid Meteor Shower. This is the 4th major...

November 15, 2017

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Sonic boom heard and felt across North Alabama

A sonic boom was heard and felt across North Alabama shortly after 13:40 CST (19:40 UTC) on November 14, 2017. At this time, there is still no official explanation. Numerous Alabamians, primarily from Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay,...

November 14, 2017

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Huge fireball over western Germany, 1 794 reports

A huge fireball has been observed streaking across the sky over western Germany at 16:48 UTC (17:48 CET) on November 14, 2017. The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds, according to eyewitness reports. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 1 794...

November 14, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 VL2 flew past Earth at 0.31 LD, a day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VL2 flew past Earth at 0.31 LD / 0.00079 AU (~118 182 km / 73 435 miles) on November 9, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 47th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

November 14, 2017

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Bright fireball over New York and Pennsylvania, 189 reports

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over New York and Pennsylvania, US at 02:20 UTC on November 11, 2017 (21:20 EST, November 10) and was seen by numerous witnesses. The event lasted up to 3 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 189...

November 13, 2017

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Heavenly Palace space station expected to fall back to Earth early 2018

China's first prototype space station, named Tiangong-1 (Chinese for "Heavenly Palace 1"), is expected to reenter the Earth's atmosphere sometime between January and March 2018 following the end of its operational life, during which most of the...

November 13, 2017

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Galaxy-cluster collisions set off celestial fireworks display

A giant collision of several galaxy clusters, each containing hundreds of galaxies, has produced this spectacular panorama of shocks and energy. The collisions generated shock waves that set off a celestial fireworks display of bright radio emission, seen as red and...

November 12, 2017

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Meteorite fragments from fireball that illuminated British Columbia found

Researchers from the University of Calgary and their international colleagues have discovered the meteorite remnants from a large fireball that illuminated British Columbia, Canada at 05:11 UTC on September 5, 2017 (22:11 PDT, September 4). The size of this object...

November 10, 2017

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Fireball over Arizona / California border region

A bright fireball streaked across the sky over Arizona and California at 09:21 UTC (01:21 PST) on November 8, 2017. The event lasted some 3 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 17 reports by 13:00 UTC on November 10. The fireball was primarily seen from...

November 10, 2017

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Very bright fireball explodes over northern Germany

A very bright fireball exploded over northern Germany around 20:56 UTC (21:56 CET) on November 6, 2017. The event lasted between 3 and 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS), received 23 reports by 13:00 UTC, November 8. The event was seen from Germany,...

November 08, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 VE flew past Earth at 0.88 LD, a day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VE flew past Earth at 0.88 LD / 0.00227 AU (~339 597 km / 211 009 miles) on November 4, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 46th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

November 07, 2017