Space

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'Vivid and long-lasting' meteor over Alabama, USA

A long-lasting fireball was seen flying through the sky over Alabama at around 01:31 UTC on December 5, 2019. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham was able to catch footage on its Skycam. NWS Birmingham said they received reports of a "vivid and...

December 05, 2019

NASA Parker Solar Probe

Details of Parker Solar Probe's groundbreaking discoveries about the Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe surprised scientists with its groundbreaking views of the Sun as the first results from the mission were released on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Scientists observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on a small scale, and...

December 05, 2019

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Research suggests fireball over Australia was Earth's minimoon

A new study suggests that fireball that exploded over Australia in 2016 might have been Earth's 'minimoon.' If true, this would be the second observation of a minimoon fireball ever. Objects gravitationally captured by the Earth – Moon system are...

December 04, 2019

milky way galaxy

Mysterious radio signal hints at a new type of star system in the Milky Way

Scientists were left puzzled after a mysterious radio signal-- observed near the Southern Constellation of Ara using the MeerKAT telescope-- suggests a new type of star system in the Milky Way. About two months using the radio telescope based in the Karoo desert in...

December 03, 2019

mars surface dust storm

Global storms on Mars launch dust towers 80 km (50 miles) into the sky

When a massive dust storm on Mars-- like the one in 2018-- reaches its full potential, it can transform into a globe-bestriding colossus. This happens often on the red planet, and these storms typically start out as a sequence of smaller storms. NASA scientists said...

December 03, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for December 2019

December 2 - Pheonicid meteor shower. The Pheonicid meteor shower is active from November 28 to December 9, producing its peak rate of meteors around December 2. Over this period, there will be a chance of seeing Pheonicid meteors from anywhere where the...

December 02, 2019

asteroid 2019 wj4

Asteroid 2019 WJ4 flew past Earth at 0.85 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WJ4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.85 LD / 0.00219 AU (327 619 km / 203 573 miles) on November 30, 2019. This is the 72nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and 11th since...

December 02, 2019

milky way magnetic field

Astronomers map Milky Way's magnetic field

Astronomers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Curtin University, in collaboration with colleagues from Europe, Canada, and South Africa published the most accurate catalog of measurements towards mapping the Milky...

December 01, 2019

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NASA unveils first global geologic map of Titan

NASA has revealed the first global geologic map of Titan, the largest moon orbiting Saturn. The map showed a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters, and other types of terrain. Aside from Earth, Titan is the only other known planetary body in the solar...

November 27, 2019

2019 wg2

Asteroid 2019 WG2 flew past Earth at 0.47 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WG2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.47 LD / 0.00121 AU (181 013 km / 112 476 miles) at 08:44 UTC on November 23, 2019. Apollo-class asteroid 2019 WG2 was first observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, Hawaii on November 24,...

November 26, 2019

asteroid 2019 wv1

Asteroid 2019 WV1 flew past Earth at 0.72 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WV1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.72 LD / 0.00186 AU (278 252 km / 172 897 miles) at 23:45 UTC on November 19, 2019. This is the 70th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

November 25, 2019

water vapor europa

Water vapor detected on Jupiter's icy moon Europa

Astronomers have long suspected that Europa, Jupiter's moon, holds a salty ocean beneath its thick icy crust that could support life. NASA has confirmed that they have now detected water erupting from geysers on the surface of the moon. An international research...

November 23, 2019

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Large fireball seen crashing over Salem in Oregon, U.S.

A fireball was spotted over the skies of Salem City, the capital of coastal state Oregon, crashing somewhere in the wilderness of Polk County on Thursday evening, November 21, 2019. Police officers have since started conducting investigations. The event was...

November 22, 2019

4gamma ray bursts

Researchers detect highest-energy light from a gamma-ray burst, afterglow observed for the first time

An international team of researchers has observed a gamma-ray burst with an afterglow featuring the highest-energy photons ever detected. These are a trillion times more energetic than visible light ever detected in a burst. "This very high energy emission had...

November 22, 2019

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Meteor storm predicted for November 22

An outburst of alpha Monocerotid meteor shower is predicted to occur at around 04:50 UTC on November 22, 2019. While the source of this meteor shower is an unknown long-period comet, the 2019 outburst prediction is coming from well-known meteor scientists Esko...

November 20, 2019

asteroid 2019 wh

Asteroid 2019 WH to flyby Earth at 0.22 LD on November 19

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WH will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.22 LD / 0.00057 AU (85 270 km / 52 984 miles) on November 19, 2019. This object was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey, Arizona on November 18, just one day before its close...

November 19, 2019

Gennady Borisov discovers new comet nov 14 2019

Amateur astronomer who detected an interstellar object discovers another comet

Crimean amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov​ discovered another comet in early November 2019, just months after tracking an interstellar comet in August which may be carrying alien water. The newly found stellar object is his ninth discovery. This object was...

November 18, 2019