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3122 florence by mike olason

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

very bright fireball over british columbia credit p gerrard september 2017

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

night sky guide 2017 september

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

asteroid 2017 qb35

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

comet display

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

fireball over krugersdorp south africa august 22 2017

Large fireball recorded over Krugersdorp, South Africa

A large fireball was observed and recorded over the South African city of Krugersdorp at 16:59 UTC (18:59 SAST) on August 22, 2017. The object had a bright blue-green color and lasted for more than 4 seconds. It was recorded by Jan Breytenbach over Krugersdorp but...

August 23, 2017

total solar eclipse

Total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

A total solar eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017, starting over the Pacific Ocean at 15:46 UTC (08:46 PDT) and moving inland over the continental United States. Although 14 US states will witness the total solar eclipse, regions seeing, at least, a partial...

August 21, 2017

asteroid 2017 qn2

Asteroid 2017 QN2 to flyby Earth at 0.57 LD on August 20, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 QN2 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.57 LD (~ 218 880 km / 136 005 miles) on August 20, 2017. This is the 27th known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year (according to...

August 20, 2017

asteroid 2017 qp1 position on august 19 2017

Asteroid 2017 QP1 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD, 2 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 QP1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.17 LD (~65 280 km / 40 563 miles) on August 14, 2017, two days before it was discovered. This is the 26th known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance...

August 20, 2017

asteroid

3122 Florence - one of the largest known asteroids to flyby Earth on September 1

A huge, Amor-class asteroid named 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) will flyby Earth at 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 near-Earth...

August 14, 2017

asteroid 2012 tc4 geocentric diagram

New observations of near-Earth asteroid 2012 TC4 reveal 0.1 LD flyby

New observations of near-Earth asteroid designated 2012 TC4 reveal it will fly past our planet at a very close distance of 0.13 LD (~50 100 km / 31 140 miles) at 05:42 UTC October 12, 2017. Current estimates suggest it should peak around mag 13 at closest approach....

August 10, 2017

partial lunar eclipse

Partial lunar eclipse of August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse will take place on August 7, 2017, with the greatest eclipse occurring at 18:20 UTC. It will be visible from eastern Europe, throughout most of eastern Africa, central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia. This lunar eclipse will begin at...

August 07, 2017

seattle wa fireball july 30 2017

Bright fireball streaks over Seattle, Washington

A widely observed bright fireball streaked over the states of Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, US and British Columbia, Canada at around 04:53 UTC on July 30, 2017 (21:53 PDT on July 29). As of 14:39 UTC on August 4, there are 843 witness reports submitted to the...

August 04, 2017

night sky guide august 2017

Night sky guide for August 2017

Solar eclipse chasers, especially those living in the United States, have waited for this month for many years. On August 21, a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the US will make the Moon completely block out the Sun - total solar eclipse, revealing the...

August 01, 2017

ngc 2683

Study provides evidence for externally powered Sun

A new study published in the International Journal of Current Research provides evidence for externally powered Sun, challenging the concepts of the Standard Solar Model (SSM). The study suggests our star is not an isolated celestial body, but rather it is linked...

August 01, 2017

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Saturn's 'weird' magnetic field perplexes scientists

The Cassini probe's first results from inside Saturn's rings make scientists question the conventional wisdom on how planets form magnetic fields. As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings,...

July 27, 2017

slow moving fireball mediterranean sea july 25 2017

Slow fireball recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

This beautiful fireball overflew the western Mediterranean Sea, south of Span, at 22:18 UTC on July 25, 2017 (00:18 CET, July 26). The event lasted nearly 9 seconds. Following the analysis carried out by the SMART Project’s Principal Investigator, Professor...

July 26, 2017