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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Daylight fireball explodes over Oklahoma and Texas, sonic boom reported

A daylight fireball was recorded streaking Oklahoma and Texas around 21:16 UTC (16:16 CDT) on March 13, 2018. The object turned 'blindingly bright' before it disappeared and was followed by a sonic boom. Numerous residents across central Oklahoma and...

March 14, 2018

astoroid 2018 ez2

Asteroid 2018 EZ2 to flyby Earth at 0.56 LD on March 14

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 EZ2 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.56 LD / 0.00144 AU (~215 420 km / 133 856 miles) on March 14, 2018. This asteroid has an estimated diameter between 13 and 29 m (42 - 95 feet) and belongs to the Apollo group of...

March 13, 2018

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CZ-3B rocket body re-entry recorded over Paraguay

The body of Chinese Long March 3B rocket, also known as CZ-3B, launched December 10, 2017, re-entered Earth's atmosphere around 05:52 UTC on March 10 over Paraguay, creating a spectacular show. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one witness report...

March 12, 2018

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Bright flash, sonic boom as minivan-sized bolide explodes over Washington

A very bright explosion, believed to be produced by a minivan-sized bolide, lit up the night sky over British Columbia, Washington and Oregon around 03:15 UTC, March 8, 2018 (19:15 PST, March 7). The event lasted several seconds and ended up in a bright flash...

March 09, 2018

night sky guide march 2018

Night sky guide for March 2018

While February had no full moon, March will host two of them - one on March 2 and the second, blue moon, on March 31. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere - New Moon - is on...

March 01, 2018