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Daylight fireball explodes over Norway

An impressive bright flash appeared above central Norway on January 15, 2017, and was observed from both western and eastern Norway. Eyewitnesses are asked to submit their reports. According to the Norwegian Meteor Network, the event occurred around 13:48 UTC and...

January 17, 2017

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Three fireballs recorded over Brazil

Three fireballs were recorded over Brazil in the past couple of days. Over Campina Grande on January 6, north of Rio de Janeiro on January 7, and over Espirito Santo on January 9, 2017. Fireballs over Brazil on January 6, 7 and 9, 2017. Image credit: Google The...

January 10, 2017

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Newly discovered asteroid 2017 AG13 to flyby Earth at 0.53 LD

A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 AG13 will make a very close approach to our planet on January 9, 2017. This asteroid belongs to Aten group of asteroids. 2017 AG13 has an estimated size between 11 and 34 m (36 and 111 feet). It will flyby our planet at 12:47...

January 08, 2017

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Quadrantids, known for spectacular fireballs, peak on January 3

The Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the best annual meteor showers and well known for producing spectacular fireballs, will peak around 14:00 UTC on January 3, 2016. The Moon will be 6 days old at the time of peak activity, presenting minimal interference. This is...

January 02, 2017

Night sky guide january 2017

Night sky guide for January 2017

January 2017 hosts one of the most intense annual meteor showers - the Quadrantids, known for producing spectacular fireballs. The timing favors western parts of North America and islands across the Pacific. The peak of Quadrantids is brief, typically lasting no...

January 02, 2017

Moon phases 2017

Moon's phases and libration throughout 2017

These 4K visualizations show the Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2017, as viewed from both hemispheres. In addition, they show the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and...

December 31, 2016

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Rare sight: Meteor streaks over erupting Turrialba volcano

Two forces of nature have combined on December 28, 2016, and brought us a rare view of a bright meteor streaking seemingly low over the erupting Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica. The event occurred at 04:22 UTC on December 28 (22:22 local time on December 27),...

December 30, 2016

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Bright fireball disintegrates over Guatemala

A bright fireball was observed disintegrating over Central America at 04:30 UTC on December 28, 2016 (22:30 CST on December 27). The event was observed from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Witnesses from Guatemala said they saw up to seven flashes in the sky....

December 28, 2016

Asteroid 2016 YJ FlyBy December 21 2016 Orbital Diagram

Asteroid 2016 YJ to flyby Earth at 1.2 LD

A newly discovered asteroid 2016 YJ will flyby Earth at 1.2 LD (460 800 km / 286 330 miles) from the surface on December 22, 2016. 2016 YJ is Apollo-class near-Earth asteroid, discovered on December 18, with an estimated size of 10 - 23 m (32.8 - 75.4 feet). It...

December 21, 2016

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Search party for Earth-Trojans starts in February 2017

The University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission will utilize the data collected during its two-year long mission to the Bennu asteroid in an attempt to search for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids. Trojan asteroids accompany the planets during their journey around the...

December 21, 2016

scientists discover accelerating jet stream in earth core

Accelerating high-latitude jet stream discovered in Earth’s core

Scientists using data obtained by ESA's SWARM constellation of satellites have discovered a jet stream in the liquid iron part of Earth’s core 3 000 km (1 864 miles) beneath the surface. In addition, Swarm satellite data show that this jet stream is...

December 20, 2016

geminid fireball over colombia on december 16 2016

Bright Geminid fireball streaks over Colombia and Venezuela

A bright Geminid fireball streaked through the sky over Colombia and Venezuela at 23:25 UTC (18:25 COT) on December 16, 2016, and was recorded by numerous witnesses. The phenomenon was seen in the municipalities of Bucaramanga, Girón and Zapatoca in the...

December 17, 2016

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Impressive fireball streaks across southern Spain

An impressive fireball streaked across the sky in southern Spain at 21:25 UTC on December 11, 2016. The event was captured by Calar Alto Observatory (SMART project). Following the preliminary analysis carried out by the SMART's principal investigator José...

December 12, 2016

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Asteroid 2016 XW20 to flyby Earth on December 13

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 XW20 will flyby Earth on December 13, 2016, passing just 1.8 LD (691 200 km / 429 491 miles) from the surface of our planet at a relative velocity of 8.42 km/s. The closest approach is expected at 00:18 UTC. This asteroid was...

December 11, 2016

meteor norway december 6 2016

Large meteor explodes over Norway

A large meteor exploded over the Norwegian Sea at 04:15 UTC on December 6, 2016. The event lit up the sky over Norway and was followed by several sonic booms. The fireball started at 81.4 km (50.6 miles) and ended at 24.4 km (15.2 miles), according to the latest...

December 10, 2016

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Skywatchers alert: Geminid meteor shower to peak on December 13 and 14

The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak on December 13 and 14, 2016. Despite the bright supermoon falling on the same dates, the numerous and bright Geminids are still expected to provide the skywatchers with a spectacular show. The Geminid meteor shower is...

December 09, 2016

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Final supermoon of the year to shine bright on December 14

The third and final supermoon of the year is approaching. The full moon will shine on December 14, 2016, near the Taurus constellation, and remain visible throughout most of the night. The Moon will reach its full phase on December 14, at 00:07 UTC. At the time, it...

December 07, 2016