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Asteroid 2020 YS2 flew past Earth at 0.2 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 YS2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.23 LD / 0.00058 AU (86 766 km / 53 914 miles) from the center of our planet at 06:04 UTC on December 20, 2020. This is the 106th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance...

December 22, 2020

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Great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21

A rare great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will take place at 18:11 UTC on December 21, with the two planets passing just 6.1 arcminutes (about one-fifth the apparent width of the moon) of each other, as seen from Earth. Coincidentally, the December solstice is...

December 20, 2020

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Bright fireball over Sao Paulo, Brazil

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over the state of São Paulo, Brazil at 00:35 UTC on December 16, 2020. The event was recorded by several BRAMON (Bramon Brazilian Meteor Observation Network) cameras as well as residents. The event lasted up to...

December 18, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 XF4 to flyby Earth at 0.8 LD on December 16

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 XF4 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.89 LD / 0.00229 AU (342 579 km / 212 868 miles) from the center of our planet on December 16, 2020. This is the 103rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the...

December 13, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 XX3 to flyby Earth at 0.1 LD on December 18

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 XX3 will fly by Earth at a distance of 0.15 LD / 0.00038 AU (56 847 km / 35 323 miles) from the center of our planet on December 18, 2020. 2020 XX3 was first observed at Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala on December 10, eight days...

December 12, 2020

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2020 Geminid meteor shower to peak under a total solar eclipse on December 14

The 2020 Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak around December 14 and is likely to put the best light show at around 01:00 UTC, when its radiant point is highest in the sky. Another celestial event is set to occur on the same day as a total eclipse will be...

December 11, 2020

asteroid 2020 xg2

Asteroid 2020 XG2 makes close approach to Earth at 0.13 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 XG2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.13 LD / 0.00033 AU (49 367 km / 30 675 miles) from the center of our planet at 19:15 UTC on December 7, 2020. The event took place exactly 3 hours after 2020 XK1 flew past us at 0.05...

December 09, 2020

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Total solar eclipse of December 14, 2020

A total solar eclipse will take place at 16:13 UTC on December 14, 2020, and be visible from the South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, and the South Atlantic. Observers from southern South America, the Pacific, and those currently in Antarctica will experience a partial...

December 09, 2020

asteroid 2020 xk1

Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 XK1 flew past Earth at just 0.05 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 XK1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of just 0.05 LD / 0.00014 AU (20 943 km / 13 013 miles) from the center of our planet at 16:15 UTC on December 7, 2020. For reference, Earth's diameter is 12 742 km (7 917...

December 08, 2020

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Bright meteor over the Mediterranean Sea

This meteor overflew the Mediterranean Sea at 23:40 UTC on December 2, 2020, and was recorded from Spain in the framework of the SMART project. The bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 147 000 km/h. It began at an altitude of...

December 04, 2020

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Daylight fireball explodes over New York, creating a bright flash, U.S.

A bright daylight fireball exploded over northern New York, U.S. at 17:10 UTC on December 2, 2020, creating a bright flash in the middle of the day. Witnesses from parts of upstate New York said the visual event was followed by a sonic boom. The American Meteor...

December 03, 2020

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Very bright fireball explodes over central Japan

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over central Japan at around 16:35 UTC on November 28, 2020 (01:35 JST, November 29). The object was seen and recorded from many parts of western and central Japan and was accompanied by a rumbling noise....

November 29, 2020

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Penumbral lunar eclipse of November 30, 2020

A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on November 30, 2020, and be visible from Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the Americas. This lunar eclipse is followed two weeks later by a total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020. The instant of greatest eclipse...

November 28, 2020

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New map of Milky Way Galaxy shows Earth is 7 km/s faster and 2 000 LY closer to the galactic center

Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2 000 light-years closer to the hypothesized supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, according to results of a new and better model of the galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of...

November 28, 2020

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Hayabusa2 spacecraft carrying pieces of asteroid Ryugu returns to Earth on December 6

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft is set to return to Earth on December 6, 2020, after a yearlong journey to collect soil samples of asteroid Ryugu. These valuable samples could provide scientists with more clues to the origins of...

November 27, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 WY4 flew past Earth at 0.29 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 WY4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.29 LD / 0.00075 AU (112 198 km / 69 716 miles) at 03:19 UTC on November 24, 2020. This is the 93rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

November 27, 2020

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Three fireballs over Spain on November 21

Three bright meteors were recorded over Spain on November 21 - at 01:32, 01:47 UTC, and 02:21 UTC. The first was generated by a meteoroid produced by Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at around 101 000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 105 km (65 miles) over...

November 23, 2020