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China's lunar rover reveals underground secrets of the Moon's farside

A new study conducted by a research team at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) has revealed new secrets below the surface of the Moon's farside through the spacecraft Chang'E-4 and its rover Yutu-2....

March 01, 2020

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Spectacular daylight fireball explodes over northern Croatia, meteorites likely

A spectacular daylight fireball exploded over northern Croatia at 09:31 UTC on February 28, 2020. The event was witnessed from all over Croatia, Slovenia, and parts of northern Italy. It was followed by a sonic boom, registered by seismographs as an earthquake. It...

February 28, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CD3 flew past Earth at just 0.12 LD - Earth's second 'mini-moon'

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CD3 flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.12 LD / 0.00031 AU (46 375 km / 28 816 miles) on February 13, 2020. This is the 18th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the...

February 27, 2020

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Earth captures its second 'mini-moon' -- Asteroid 2020 CD3

Astronomers working at the Catalina Sky Survey, University of Arizona have discovered a possible mini-moon orbiting the Earth, now cataloged by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) as 2020 CD3. 2020 CD3 flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.12 LD / 0.00031...

February 27, 2020

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Rare, back to back fireballs light up Arizona sky and southwest U.S.

A brilliant fireball streaked across the skies of Arizona at 12:32 UTC (05:32 LT) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and was also spotted in several southwest U.S. states. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 64 reports about the meteor. In a rare event, another...

February 27, 2020

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Three new asteroids flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance

Three newly-discovered asteroids - designated 2020 DU, 2020 DA1, and 2020 DW - flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance over the past few days. This pushed the total number of known <1 LD asteroid flybys this year to 17. This time last year, we had just 6 such...

February 20, 2020

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Bright fireball over Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

A bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico at 02:18 UTC on February 19, 2020 (20:18 LT on February 18). The event was recorded by several webcams. At this time, there are no eyewitness reports submitted to the...

February 19, 2020

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Galactic cosmic rays affect atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, research finds

A team of Japanese researchers-- using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)-- discovered that galactic cosmic rays affect the chemical reactions involved in the formation of organic molecules bearing nitrogen on the atmosphere of...

February 18, 2020

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ESO telescope captures mysterious dimming of Betelgeuse

The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured the unusual dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in Orion constellation. The images of the star's surface not only show it losing luminosity but also its shape...

February 17, 2020

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Bright green fireball over Malaysia and Singapore

A very bright fireball described to be green in color was seen streaking through the sky over Malaysia and Singapore on February 11, 2020. According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), the meteor was spotted around 05:01 LT on February 12 (February 11 at 21:01...

February 17, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CQ2 flew past Earth at 0.39 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CQ2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.39 LD / 0.00099 AU (148 101 km / 92 026 miles) at 02:19 UTC on February 14, 2020. This is the 14th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

February 17, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CQ1 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CQ1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00043 AU (64 327 km / 39 970 miles) at 11:17 UTC on February 4, 2020. This is the 13th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

February 12, 2020

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Meteorite crashes into Alwar factory compound in Rajasthan, leaves 6 m (20 feet) deep crater, India

A meteorite crashed into a factory compound in Rajasthan's Alwar village, India early Tuesday local time, February 11, 2020, leaving a 6 m (20 feet) deep crater in the compound. The event was captured on videos, showing the sky lit up as the meteor pummels into...

February 12, 2020

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ESA's Solar Orbiter starts its 5-year mission to provide unprecedented close-up observations of the Sun

20 years after inception, 6 years of construction and more than a year of testing, ESA's new Sun-exploring spacecraft was successfully launched by the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 04:04 UTC on...

February 10, 2020

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First Supermoon of the year - live show on February 8

The Virtual Telescope Project will bring us live views of the first Supermoon of the year on February 8, 2020, as it rises above the unique skyline of Rome. The online, free session will start at 16:00 UTC. Supermoon is a popular term indicating a Full Moon or a New...

February 07, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CW flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD - 8th closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CW flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD / 0.00011 AU (16 455 km / 10 225 mi) at 12:50 UTC on February 1, 2020. This is well within the orbit of our geostationary satellites ~ 35 800 km (22 300 miles). The...

February 03, 2020

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Fireball over Mount Sannine, Lebanon

A large green fireball was recorded over Lebanon at 20:15 UTC (22:15 LT) on January 21, 2020. It was reportedly captured by Nizar Nurr near the peak of Mount Sannine. According to KameraOne, it's one of the brightest meteors ever captured over Lebanon. Featured...

February 02, 2020