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asteroid 2018 ky2

Newly discovered asteroid 2018 KY2 flew past Earth at 0.78 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 KY2 flew past Earth at 0.78 LD / 0.00200 AU (299 125 km / 185 911 miles) on May 26, 2018, two days after it was discovered. This is 34th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

May 27, 2018

asteroid 2018 kw1

Asteroid 2018 KW1 to flyby Earth at 0.39 LD on May 23

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 KW1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.39 LD or 0.00100 AU (~ 149 597 km / 92 955 miles) on May 23, 2018. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since May 15 and 33rd this year. KW1...

May 22, 2018

asteroid 2010 wc9

Asteroid 2010 WC9 to flyby Earth at 0.53 LD on May 15

A re-discovered asteroid with an estimated diameter between 53 and 120 m (174 - 394 feet), designated 2010 WC9, will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.53 LD / 0.00136 AU (203 453 km / 126 419 miles) on May 15, 2018. This is one of the closest flybys from an asteroid of...

May 10, 2018

7night sky guide may 2018

Night sky guide for May 2018

Eta Aquariids meteor shower, a strong shower when viewed in the southern tropics, will peak on the night of May 6 and the morning of May 7. While this shower is capable of producing 60 meteors per hour at its peak, the waning gibbous moon will block most of the...

May 03, 2018

asteroid 2018 gr11

Asteroid 2018 GR11 flew past Earth at 0.69 lunar distances

A small asteroid designated 2018 GR11 flew past Earth at 0.69 LD or 0.00177 AU (~264 788 km / 164 531 miles) on April 7, 2018. This object was first observed on April 11 but the orbit solution was finalized on April 30. 2018 GR11 belongs to the Apollo group of...

May 01, 2018

asteroid 2018 hv

Small asteroid 2018 HV flew past Earth at 0.4 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 HV flew past Earth at 0.4 LD / 0.00104 AU (155 581 km / 96 674 miles) on April 22, 2018. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on April 21, just hours before its...

April 23, 2018

lyrids meteor shower

Lyrid meteor shower peaks April 21 and 22

The Lyrid meteor shower will peak on the night of April 21 and the morning of April 22. This is a medium strength shower that usually produces about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers, observed for at least 2 700...

April 21, 2018

asteroid 2018 ge3

Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at 0.5 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.5 LD or 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on April 15, 2018. This is the 28th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

April 16, 2018

3d infrared jupiter north pole

3D infrared animation of Jupiter’s north pole

NASA's Juno scientists have unveiled their 3D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate Jupiter’s polar regions, and the first detailed view of a dynamo, or engine, powering the magnetic field for any planet beyond...

April 12, 2018

europe fireball april 8 2018 credit landy gyebnar

Bright fireball over Europe, sonic boom reported, meteorites possible

A bright green fireball was observed and captured on camera as it streaked over Hungary and Croatia at 18:49 UTC (20:49 CET) on April 8, 2018. The event lasted about 5 seconds and was followed by sonic booms. The International Meteor Organization (IMO), received 25...

April 09, 2018

night sky guide 2018 april

Night sky guide for April 2018

Three meteor showers will mark April 2018, with Lyrids on April 21 and 22 the most promising one. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies for the what could be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. ...

April 03, 2018

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Bright fireball recorded over Spain

A bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Spain at 04:17 UTC on April 1, 2018. The meteor overflew the provinces of Granada, Almería and Murcia. It began over the province of Granada at a height of around 97 km (60 miles) and ended...

April 03, 2018

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Tiangong-1 - 'Heavenly Palace' space station crashes into Pacific Ocean

Tiangong-1, China's defunct and reportedly out-of-control space station, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in central South Pacific about 00:16 UTC (20:16 ET) on April 2, 2018, the U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC)...

April 02, 2018

asteroid 2018 fq3

Asteroid 2018 FQ3 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, one day before discovery

Asteroid 2018 FQ3, first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on March 20, flew past Earth at a distance of 0.73 LD / 0.00187 AU (~279 748 km / 173 827 miles) on March 19, 2018. This is Apollo class asteroid with an estimated diameter of 5.1 and 11 m (16.7 - 36 feet). ...

March 23, 2018

asteroid 2018 fe3

Asteroid 2018 FE3 flew past Earth at 0.38 LD, 3 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid 2018 FE3 flew past our planet at a very close distance of 0.38 LD / 0.00098 AU (~146 605 km / 91 096 miles) at 07:06 UTC on March 18, 2018. This object belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey...

March 22, 2018

asteroid 2018 fz3

Asteroid 2018 FZ3 to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on March 23

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 FZ3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.5 LD / 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on March 23, 2018. This the 23rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 3rd since...

March 22, 2018

sao paulo fireball brazil march 18 2018

Bright fireball recorded over São Paulo, Brazil

A very bright fireball streaked across the sky over São Paulo, Brazil at 01:19 UTC on March 18, 2018 (22:19 local time, March 17). The event lasted several seconds and was seen from the region of Campinas, Itu and Limera and recorded by three Exoss network...

March 19, 2018