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OSIRIS-REx slingshots past Earth toward Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday, September 22, 2017 to slingshot itself on a path toward the Asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. The spacecraft came within 17 237 km (10 711...

September 24, 2017

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Bright fireball over the Netherlands, over 310 reports to IMO

A bright fireball was observed and filmed over Amsterdam, Netherlands at 19:00 UTC (21:00 CET) on September 21, 2017. The event lasted more than 5 seconds, flaring several times before disappearing. While the fireball was primarily seen from Amsterdam, users...

September 22, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 SR2 to flyby Earth at 0.24 LD on September 20, second of the day

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SR2 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.24 LD (~92 160 km / 57 265 miles) at 20:29 UTC on September 20, 2017. This is the second known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth at a distance of 1 LD today, the third...

September 20, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 SM2 flew past Earth at 0.81 LD on September 20

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SM2 flew past Earth at 0.81 LD (~311 040 km / 193 271 miles) on September 20, 2017. This is the 30th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year and the second within the past 7 days, according to...

September 20, 2017

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Bright green fireball recorded over Montgomery, Alabama

A bright green fireball was recorded above Montgomery, Alabama around 08:00 UTC (03:00 CDT) on September 19, 2017. The event lasted between 1 and 2 seconds and was recorded by a security camera. At this time, the American Meteor Society has no reports about this...

September 20, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 SQ2 flew past Earth at 0.53 LD on September 14, 4 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SQ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.53 LD (~203 520 km / 126 461 miles) on September 14, 2017. The object flew past us 4 days before it was discovered. Asteroid 2017 SQ2 belongs to the Apollo group of...

September 20, 2017

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Bright fireball over Pennsylvania, good chance of meteorites

A bright green fireball streaked across the sky over Maryland and Pennsylvania at 04:59 UTC (00:59 EDT) on September 17, 2017. The fireball lasted between 2 and 3 seconds and was followed by a sonic boom. The event was seen primarily from Maryland and Pennsylvania...

September 19, 2017

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Very bright daylight fireball explodes over Mauritius and Reunion

A very bright fireball streaked across the sunset sky over Mauritius and Reunion islands around 14:30 UTC (18:30 local time) on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The event reportedly lasted up to 20 seconds before it exploded and left a smoke trail. The object was...

September 16, 2017

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Jupiter's auroras present a powerful mystery

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the...

September 15, 2017

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Two bright fireballs over Spain on September 10 and 12, 2017

SMART Project framework recorded two bright meteor fireballs over Spain on September 10 and 12, 2017. The first one was recorded over the province of Toledo and Ciudad Real at 23:26 UTC on September 10. The luminous phenomenon began at an altitude of about 80 km...

September 13, 2017

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Bright, slow-moving fireball recorded over Iceland

A bright, slow-moving fireball meteor was observed and recorded over Iceland at 22:48 UTC on September 12, 2017. The event lasted for about 10 seconds. Iceland's leading astronomy website, Stjörnufræðivefurinn, said that the phenomenon was a...

September 13, 2017

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Bright fireball over Saint Petersburg, Russia

A bright meteor streaked across the night sky over Saint Petersbug, Russia around 17:17 UTC (20:17 local time) on September 11, 2017 and was observed and recorded by numerous witnesses. The event lasted up to 7 seconds before the object disintegrated. According to...

September 13, 2017

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Two moons discovered orbiting large asteroid 3122 Florence as it flew past Earth

Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3), one of the largest known, flew past Earth at a distance of 18.38 LD (~7 million km / 4.4 million miles / 0.047 AU) at 12:06 UTC on September 1, 2017. This is the largest asteroid to pass this close to our planet since the first...

September 09, 2017

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Very bright fireball illuminates British Columbia, sonic boom reported

A very bright fireball streaked across the night sky over British Columbia, Canada at 05:11 UTC on September 5, 2017 (22:11 PDT, September 4). The event lasted about 10 seconds and was followed by a sonic boom. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 224 reports...

September 05, 2017

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Night sky guide for September 2017

There are no major (Class I) meteor shower peaks during this month. Instead, we have two minor ones (Class II), Aurigids on September 1 and September Epsilon Perseids on September 9, with an estimated number of meteors per hour of 6 and 5, respectively. We'll...

September 01, 2017

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Newly discovered asteroid 2017 QB35 to flyby Earth at 0.93 LD on September 3

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 QB35 will flyby Earth at 0.93 LD (~357 120 km / 221 904 miles) on September 3, 2017. This is the 28th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year (according to data available September...

September 01, 2017

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Electric comets: The most dramatic displays

In our previous episode, we began a commemoration of the 5-year anniversary of Space News from the EU with a comprehensive summary of the most significant findings to date from comet missions. Today, we continue our commemoration with a review of the some of the...

August 24, 2017