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Total lunar eclipse of January 21, 2019

A total lunar eclipse will take place early Monday, January 21, 2019 (UTC) as the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow. The totality will last 62 minutes. The next total lunar eclipse will be on May 26, 2021. The eclipse will be visible from Africa, the...

January 19, 2019

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Meteor explodes over Cape Town, South Africa

A bright meteor exploded over Cape Town, South Africa around 18:05 UTC on January 16, 2019 (20:05 local time). Bright light produced by the object was followed by very loud sound and ground shaking. The American Meteor Society has so far received 6 reports about...

January 17, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 AE9 flew past Earth at 0.26 lunar distances

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 AE9 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.26 LD / 0.00067 AU (100 230 km / 62 280 miles) on January 12, 2019. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year. It comes just 4 days...

January 13, 2019

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Early-morning fireball over East Coast, US

A bright fireball was seen and recorded above the Northern East Coast at 11:35 UTC (06:35 EST) on January 9, 2019. The event lasted up to 6 seconds. ​The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 195 reports by 19:00 UTC. The event was seen from New York state to...

January 09, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 AS5 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 AS5 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD / 0.00010 AU (14 959 km / 9 295 miles) on January 8, 2019. This is the 1st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this year and the closest since...

January 09, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 AW2 flew past Earth at 0.42 lunar distances

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 AW2 flew past Earth at 0.42 LD / 0.00108 (161 565 km / 100 392 miles) on December 28, 2018. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance on December 28, 2018, the 5th during the month of...

January 06, 2019

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Partial solar eclipse of January 6, 2019

A partial solar eclipse will take place early January 6, 2019 (UTC) and be visible from northeast Asia and north Pacific. The eclipse starts 22:39 UTC, January 5 and ends 04:37 UTC, January 6. The Moon will pass in front of the Sun, creating a partial eclipse of...

January 05, 2019

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Cosmos 2430 Missile Early Warning Satellite re-entry recorded over New Zealand

Russian Cosmos 2430 early warning satellite, launched 11 years ago, re-entered Earth's atmosphere on January 5, 2018, producing a spectacular show to all New Zealanders lucky enough to witness it. The object was first seen shortly after 20:58 NZDT (07:58 UTC)...

January 05, 2019

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Bright fireball, sonic boom reported over Japan

A very bright fireball followed by a loud rumbling noise was seen over a wide area of western Japan early January 3, 2019 (LT). It's quite possible that parts of it survived atmospheric entry. The event took place at 19:50 UTC on January 2 (04:50 JST, January...

January 04, 2019

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Asteroid 2018 YO2 flew past Earth at 0.51 lunar distances

A small asteroid designated 2018 YO2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.51 LD / 0.00131 AU (195 973 km / 121 772 miles) on December 28, 2018. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Palomar Mountain, ZTF on December 29, 2018,...

January 02, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for January 2019 - Total Lunar Eclipse, Partial Solar Eclipse, Quadrantids

January 1 - Conjunction of the Moon and Venus - 21:49 UTC. The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°16' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 25 days old. The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -4.5, both in...

January 01, 2019

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Asteroid 2018 YL2 flew past Earth at 0.15 lunar distances

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 YL2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.15 LD / 0.00040 AU (59 839 km / 37 182 miles) on December 27, 2018. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa,...

December 30, 2018

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Bright fireball over San Francisco Bay, California

A bright fireball streaked above the San Francisco, CA area at 01:35 UTC on December 20, 2018 (17:35 PST, December 19). The fireball was primarily seen from Northen California but people living in Nevada and Oregon also reported seeing the event. The American Meteor...

December 20, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 XA4 flew past Earth at 0.97 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 XA4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.97 LD / 0.00248 AU (371 002​ km / 230 530 miles) on December 11, 2018. This is 73rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. This object...

December 15, 2018

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Bright fireball over San Antonio and Austin, Texas

A bright fireball was seen and recorded streaking through the night sky over southern Texas around 19:59 CST on December 10, 2018 (01:59 UTC, December 11). The event lasted 7 seconds before the object disappeared in a bright flash. The American Meteor Society...

December 11, 2018

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Long-lasting green fireball lights up night sky over Mexico City

An impressive meteor fireball lit up the night sky over Mexico's capital Mexico City at 05:15 CST (11:15 UTC) on December 8, 2018. The event lasted for more than 10 seconds. According to Rodolfo Cobos Arriaga, president of Acapulco Astronomical Association, the...

December 10, 2018

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Three bright meteors recorded over Spain

SMART framework project detected and recorded three bright meteors over Spain on December 5, 2018. Their all-sky cameras registered the objects at 01:51 UTC, 03:33 and 05:41 UTC over the provinces of Valladolid, Granada, Jaén and Albacete. They were...

December 05, 2018