Space

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Bright fireball lights up the sky over Ohio, U.S.

A brilliant fireball exploded over Ohio, U.S. at around 10:24 UTC (06:24 EDT) on September 30, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 701 reports about the meteor, which was observed in more than a dozen states. The event was primarily seen...

October 01, 2020

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Rare Earth-grazing meteoroid recorded over Europe

A rare Earth-grazing meteoroid was spotted around 03:53 UTC on September 22, 2020 above northern Germany and the Netherlands, getting as low as 91 km (56 miles) above the surface -- which is far below any orbiting satellites - before bouncing back into space. The...

September 30, 2020

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Roscosmos reports air leak on International Space Station

A 'more than standard' air leak was found in the working compartment of the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station (ISS), Russian Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities reported on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. "After a...

September 29, 2020

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Study identifies second alignment plane of solar system

According to a new study published in The Astronomical Journal, comet motions indicate that the solar system has a second alignment plane. The discovery has significant implications for models of how comets originally formed in the solar system. The study, led by...

September 29, 2020

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Researchers solve mysterious storm patterns on Jupiter's south pole

Since first spotted by NASA's Juno space probe in 2019, a collection of swirling storms arranged in an unusually geometric pattern has been a mystery to most scientists. A new study may have uncovered how the strange weather forms and why the storms behave...

September 29, 2020

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Unusual ultraviolet aurora spotted around a comet for the first time

ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed that its target comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has its own far-ultraviolet aurora. This is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been detected on a celestial object, aside from any...

September 23, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 SW to flyby Earth at just 0.07 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 SW is expected to flyby Earth at just 0.07 LD / 0.00019 AU (28 423 km / 17 661 miles) at 11:18 UTC (± 06:18) on September 24, 2020. This is the 66th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the...

September 19, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 RF3 to flyby Earth at 0.24 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 RF3 will flyby Earth at 0.24 LD / 0.00063 AU (94 246 km / 58 526 miles) at 06:49 UTC on September 14, 2020. This is the 61st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the second...

September 14, 2020

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Research suggests our solar system is shaped like a 'deflated croissant'

Scientists have developed a new prediction about the shape of the bubble surrounding our solar system and have revealed that it is actually shaped like a "deflated croissant." Using data from the space agency's missions, the scientists came up with the...

September 05, 2020

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Bright fireball streaks across the sky over Canberra, Australia

A bright fireball put on a fantastic display across the skies over Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. A number of residents said the green object flew over the city around 08:45 UTC (18:45 LT). According to ANU astrophysicist Dr. Brad Tucker, the...

September 03, 2020

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Asteroid 2011 ES4 to flyby Earth at 0.32 LD

An asteroid designated 2011 ES4 will make a close approach to Earth at just 0.32 LD / 0.00048 AU (71 806 km / 44 618 miles) at 16:12 UTC on September 1, 2020. This is the 60th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. This...

August 31, 2020

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Eruptive origins of pyroclastic deposits on the Moon

A new study by researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) suggests that the early Moon may have been more volatile-rich than previously believed. Previous studies concluded that lunar volcanoes had exploded primarily cold bedrock, but the ASU team said there...

August 29, 2020

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Earth moving through radioactive remnants of supernovae for the past 33 000 years

A new study suggests that the Earth has been moving through the remnants of an ancient exploded star for at least the past 33 000 years. The research team extracted a special isotope of iron called iron-60 from sea sediment samples and found that the isotope is...

August 27, 2020

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Mysterious, spiral-shaped ultraviolet light pulses over Mars

New images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reveal wide areas of Mars' night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light. While researchers understand the light's source, its mysterious spiral shape left them puzzled. "There is a vast spiral of ultraviolet light...

August 26, 2020

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Very bright fireball illuminates sky over Japan's Kanto region

A very bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Japan's Kanto region at 14:32 UTC (22:30 LT) on August 21, 2020. This is the second notable meteor event in Japan since July 1. One of the many eyewitnesses described it as a completely red...

August 25, 2020

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Slow-moving meteor over southern Spain

This stunning and slow meteor overflew southern Spain at 02:02 UTC on August 22, 2020 (04:02 LT). The event was recorded by the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, Sierra Nevada, and Calar Alto. The meteor hit the atmosphere at around 62 000 km/h. It began...

August 25, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Greece

A bright fireball streaked across the night sky over Greece at 18:36 UTC (21:36 LT) on August 18, 2020. The event was captured on video by a kopaida.gr web camera located in Livadia, central Greece. Featured image credit: kopaida.gr ...

August 25, 2020