Gaia data release 3: The most detailed Milky Way survey to date

Gaia data release 3: The most detailed Milky Way survey to date

On June 13, 2022, ESA releases its third and new full data set made by the Gaia observatory located at L2 Lagrangian point – about 1.5 million km or 930 000 miles from Earth. Among other things, this catalog includes chemical compositions, stellar temperatures, colors, masses, ages, and the speed at which stars move towards or away from us.

Asteroid 2022 LU2 flew past Earth at 0.4 LD

Asteroid 2022 LU2 flew past Earth at 0.4 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2022 LU2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.43 LD / 0.00111 AU (166 537 km / 103 481 miles) at 00:02 UTC on June 8, 2022. This is the 61st known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year.

James Webb telescope hit by micrometeoroid, sustains no major damage

James Webb telescope hit by micrometeoroid, sustains no major damage

Between May 23 and 25, 2022, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sustained a micrometeoroid impact to one of its primary mirror segments. While such strikes are an unavoidable aspect of operating any spacecraft, this most recent impact was larger than was modeled, and beyond what could have been tested on the ground.

Asteroid 2022 KP6 flew past Earth at just 0.05 LD

Asteroid 2022 KP6 flew past Earth at just 0.05 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2022 KP6 flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.045 LD / 0.00012 AU (17 426 km / 10 828 miles) at 15:05 UTC on May 25, 2022.

This is the 60th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 2nd closest after 2022 FD1 on March 25 at 0.00010 AU. It is also the 17th closest asteroid flyby on record (since 1900).

Asteroid 2022 KQ5 to fly past Earth at just 0.1 LD on May 30

Asteroid 2022 KQ5 to fly past Earth at just 0.1 LD on May 30

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2022 KQ5 will fly past Earth at a distance of just 0.1 LD / 0.00027 AU (40 501 km / 25 166 miles) at 17:40 UTC on May 30, 2022. This is the 59th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 7th so far this month.

Asteroid 2022 KO3 to fly past Earth at 0.7 LD on May 30

Asteroid 2022 KO3 to fly past Earth at 0.7 LD on May 30

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2022 KO3 will fly past Earth at a distance of 0.7 LD / 0.00195 AU (291 986 km / 181 432 miles) at 17:32 UTC on May 30, 2022. This is the 58th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 6th so far this month.

Asteroid 2022 KG1 flew past Earth at 0.16 LD

Asteroid 2022 KG1 flew past Earth at 0.16 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2022 KG1 flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.16 LD / 0.00040 AU (60 012 km / 37 408 miles) at 11:11 UTC on May 22, 2022. This is the 57th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance and the 5th so far this month.