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annular solar eclipse february 26 2017

Annular solar eclipse of February 26, 2017

An annular solar eclipse will take place on February 26, 2017, creating a ring of light around the darkened Moon as the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This is the first of two eclipses in 2017 and comes just 7 months before the...

February 22, 2017

new data two distant asteroids plane nine clue

New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”

The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopically the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”. In the...

February 22, 2017

fireball southern us february 18 2017

Bright green fireball, sonic boom over the southeastern US

A bright green fireball was seen streaking across the sky over the southeastern United States at 03:05 UTC on February 19, 2017 (21:05 CST, February 18). The event, a possible meteorite dropper, was accompanied by a sonic boom. The event was seen from Mississippi...

February 19, 2017

asteroid 2017 DB flyby february 20 2017

Asteroid 2017 DB to flyby Earth at 1.82 LD

A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 DB will flyby Earth at 1.82 LD (698 880 km / 434 264 miles) on February 20, 2017. The estimated size of 2017 DB is between 10 and 23 m (32 - 75 feet). At the time of its closest approach, at 16:33 UTC, 2017 DB will flyby us at...

February 19, 2017

asteroid 2017 DF flyby february 19 2017 orbit

Asteroid 2017 DF to flyby Earth at 2.09 LD on February 19

A newly discovered asteroid 2017 DF will flyby Earth at a distance of 2.09 LD (802 560 km / 498 687 miles) at 09:27 UTC on February 19, 2017. Asteroid 2017 DF has an estimated diameter between 13 and 28 m (43 - 92 feet) and belongs to Apollo group of asteroids. It...

February 18, 2017

very bright fireball northern us canada february 18 2017

Very bright fireball over the northern US and Canada

A very bright fireball was seen in the northern US and Canada around 04:53 UTC on February 18, 2017. The event was captured in 3 NASA all-sky cameras and cameras belonging to the Southern Ontario Meteor Network. Analysis of the video data shows that the meteor was...

February 18, 2017

penumbral lunar eclipse of february 11 2017

Penumbral lunar eclipse of February 11, 2017

A very deep penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on February 11, 2017, with the greatest eclipse at 00:45 UTC. It will be visible throughout most of eastern South America, eastern Canada, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Penumbral eclipses...

February 09, 2017

Comet 45P Honda Mrkos Pajdusakova

Comet 45P to flyby Earth on February 11, 2017

After more than 5 years, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, also known as the Green Comet, will make another close approach to Earth. It can be seen using small telescopes, but 45P has lost its tail after it passed the perihelion (closest approach to the Sun)....

February 08, 2017

fireball chicago lake michigan february 6 2017

Bright green fireball illuminates the sky over Illinois, US

A bright green fireball illuminated the sky over Illinois and Wisconsin at 07:25 UTC (01:25 CST) on February 6, 2017. It was captured by numerous cameras. The American Meteor Society received over 170 eyewitness reports by 09:40 UTC and they are still coming in....

February 06, 2017

night sky guide february 2017

Night sky guide for February 2017

A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place at 00:45 UTC on February 11. Although the Moon's light dims considerably during a penumbral eclipse, this is only perceptible to those with very astute vision, or in carefully controlled photographs. The eclipse will be...

February 01, 2017

asteroid 2017 bs32 february 2 2017

Asteroid 2017 BS32 to flyby Earth at 0.41 LD

A newly discovered asteroid 2017 BS32 will flyby Earth on February 2, 2017 at a distance of 0.41 LD from the surface. This near-Earth object belongs to Aten group of asteroids. 2017 BS32 was discovered on January 30 by Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala. Its estimated size is...

January 31, 2017

gamma rays from far side solar flares

Fermi sees gamma rays from Sun's far side

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has observed high-energy light from solar eruptions located on the Sun's far side, which should block direct light from these events. This apparent paradox is providing solar scientists with a unique tool for exploring how charged...

January 31, 2017

asteroid 2017 BH30 flyby january 30 2017

Asteroid 2017 BH30 to flyby Earth at 0.17 LD

A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 BH30 will make an extremely close approach to our planet on January 30, 2017. This is the third very close approach (below 1 LD) since January 8 and the closest one. It is also the closest asteroid flyby since September 6,...

January 29, 2017

north carolina fireball january 25 2017

Fireball lights up sky over eastern US

A bright meteor streaked through the sky over the eastern United States around 09:08 UTC (04:08 local time) on January 25, 2017. The event lasted a couple of seconds and was caught on security camera in Huntsville, North Carolina. By 17:27 UTC, the American Meteor...

January 25, 2017

swarm b on collision course with space debris

Swarm-B on possible collision course with space debris

US armed forces’ Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has identified a close approach for ESA's Swarm-B satellite forecast to occur at 23:10 UTC on January 25, 2017. The forecast miss distance is just 361 m (1 184 feet), and this triggers a risk above the...

January 24, 2017

exeter fireball january 22 2017

Bright green fireball observed over Exeter, England

A bright green fireball lit up the skies over Exeter, England at 21:37 UTC on January 22, 2017. The event lasted about 7 seconds and was recorded by meteor observation camera at Exeter Observatory, part of the UK Meteor Monitoring Network. It is possible the object...

January 24, 2017

goes 16 full disk image january 15 2017

New age of weather satellites: GOES-16 sends first images

GOES-16, previously known as GOES-R, NOAA's newest weather satellite, has finally sent its first images. The release of the first images today is the latest step in a new age of weather satellites. It will be like high-definition from the heavens, NOAA says....

January 23, 2017