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Sounds of the solar wind as recorded by Parker Solar Probe

Just 17 months since launch, and after three orbits around the Sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe – designed, built, and now operated by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) – brings us amazing sounds of solar wind and hints at origins of this...

January 16, 2020

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NEID - New planet-hunting instrument installed on the WIYN telescope, Arizona

A new planet-hunting instrument has been installed on the WIYN telescope, on Arizona’s Kitt Peak. NEID spectrometer (pronounced 'NOO-id') is one of the first instruments of its kind with the precision to detect small, terrestrial planets around nearby...

January 15, 2020

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Jupiter a 'sniper' flinging dangerous objects toward Earth, study

Some scientists theorize that Jupiter acts like a giant space shield-- due to its tremendous mass, it sucks in or deflects dangerous space objects. However, studies led by American planetary physicist Kevin Grazier demonstrate that the planet is actually a threat...

January 11, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Germany and Poland

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over eastern Germany and Poland at around 03:05 UTC on January 5, 2020. The event was captured on two AMS/AKM cameras. There is a possibility some pieces of the object survived and ended somewhere in far western...

January 11, 2020


Wolf Moon Eclipse 2020: First of this year's four penumbral lunar eclipses

Stargazers all over the world may want to look outside on Friday night, January 10, 2020, to get a glimpse of the Wolf Moon-- the first Full Moon of the year which will look different from those in previous months. The penumbral lunar eclipse will last for a little...

January 09, 2020

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First active fault zone spotted on Mars

Scientists were able to find the first active fault zone yet on Mars after NASA's InSight mission spacecraft detected marsquakes, with two standing out loud and clear. These events registered between M3 and 4-- both were from an area called Cerberus Fossae-- a...

January 08, 2020

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Newly discovered asteroid 2020 AP1 flew past Earth at 0.85 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2020 AP1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.85 LD / 0.00218 AU (326 123 km / 202 643 miles) on January 2, 2020. This is the first known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this year. In 2019, we had 76 such...

January 06, 2020

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Bright fireball seen over northern Italy, two meteorites retrieved days after crash

A bright and long-lasting fireball was observed and recorded over northern Italy on January 1, 2020. After a thorough trajectory analysis and informing the public of potential meteorite fall in the Cavezzo region, Modena province, two pieces of the fresh meteorite...

January 06, 2020

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Red supergiant star Betelgeuse may be getting ready to explode into a giant supernova

Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, has been dramatically dimming recently, indicating that it's about to enter its last phase of life before finally exploding into a supernova. Some scientists believe that Betelgeuse may be ready to go...

January 05, 2020

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2020 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks around 08:00 UTC on January 4

Quadrantid Meteor Shower is predicted to peak at around 08:20 UTC on January 4, 2020, favoring observers in North America. The first-quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies for what could be, weather permitting, a good show this year....

January 03, 2020

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Night Sky Guide for January 2020

January 3 - Moon at First Quarter - 04:46 UTC. The Moon will be prominent in the evening sky, setting around midnight. At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, it appears almost exactly half illuminated. January 4 - Quadrantid Meteor Shower. This is an...

January 03, 2020

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Asteroid 2019 YV4 flew past Earth at 0.98 LD

Asteroid 2019 YV4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.98 LD / 0.00251 AU (375 490 km / 233 319 miles) on December 25, 2019. This is the 76th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance in 2019. 2019 YV4 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and was first...

January 02, 2020

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NASA/ESA Solar Orbiter to provide the first views of the Sun's unexplored polar regions from high-latitudes

Solar Orbiter -- a joint NASA/ESA mission will launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral at 04:30 UTC on February 6 (23:30 EST, February 5). The spacecraft will provide the first views of the Sun's unexplored polar regions from high-latitudes, giving...

January 01, 2020

russia to build moon base to track earth threatening asteroids

Russia to build nuclear-powered lunar base to track Earth-threatening asteroids

Russia's space agency Roscosmos revealed its plans to establish an observatory on the Moon that is capable of tracking asteroids that can potentially threaten Earth. The lunar facility will work with orbiting satellites to spot dangerous space rocks, and its...

December 29, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 YU2 flew past Earth at 0.26 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 YU2 flew past Earth at 19:28 UTC on December 23, 2019 at a distance of 0.26 LD / 0.00066 AU (98 734 km / 61 350 miles). This is the 75th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year. 2019 YU2 belongs to the...

December 27, 2019

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Asteroids 2019 YS and YB flew past Earth at 0.17 and 0.43 LD, respectively

Two newly discovered asteroids designated 2019 YS and 2019 YB flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on December 18, 2019. Since the start of the year, our sky surveys have discovered a total of 75 <1LD asteroids. 2019 YS flew past us at a distance of 0.17 LD /...

December 26, 2019

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Impact crater analysis of Ryugu reveals the asteroid's geological history

Analysis of the impact craters on the asteroid Ryugu using Hayabusa 2's remote sensing image data has revealed the geological history of the near-Earth object. The research team, led by assistant professor Naoyuki Hirata of the Department of Planetology at Kobe...

December 20, 2019