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Asteroids 2020 BA15 and 2020 BZ13 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance

Two newly-discovered asteroids designated 2020 BA15 and 2020 BZ13 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on January 28 and 29, respectively. Since the start of the year, our sky surveys have identified a total of 9 asteroids whose orbits took them within 1 lunar...

February 02, 2020

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Bright fireball over the Urals, Russia

A very bright meteor streaked through the night sky over the Urals, Russia at 22:13 UTC on January 29, 2020 (03:13 LT, January 30). Photographer Ilya Jankowsky captured it from the town of Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast. According to RT, the object was also seen from...

February 02, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 BT14 to flyby Earth at 0.49 LD on February 3

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 BT14 will flyby Earth at 08:19 UTC on February 3, 2020, at a distance of 0.49 LD / 0.00126 AU (188 493 km / 117 124 miles). This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this month, making a...

February 02, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 CA to flyby Earth at 0.57 LD on February 2

A newly-discovered Aten-class asteroid designated 2020 CA will flyby Earth at 15:49 UTC on February 2, 2020, at a distance of 0.57 LD / 0.00147 AU (219 908 km / 136 645 miles). With 3 other new <1LD approaches since our last update, this is the 9th known asteroid...

February 02, 2020

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Night Sky Guide for February 2020

February 1 - IC2395 well placed for observation. Across much of the world, the open star cluster IC2395 in Vela will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. At a declination of -48°09', it is...

February 01, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 BA13 flew past Earth at 0.51 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 BA13 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.51 LD / 0.00132 AU (197 469 km / 122 701 miles) on January 27, 2020. This is the 5th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2020 BA13...

January 31, 2020

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World's largest telescope takes most detailed image of Sun

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST)-- the world's largest solar telescope built on Haleakala, Hawaii-- took its first image of the Sun with the highest-resolution to date, revealing small magnetic structures in astonishing detail. Scientists are hopeful...

January 30, 2020

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Space debris entry recorded over Los Angeles, California

A piece of space junk, possibly parts of Delta II rocket launched back in 1989, entered Earth's atmosphere at around 06:23 UTC on January 30, 2020, and disintegrated over Los Angeles, California. The event lasted up to 20 seconds. It was recorded from Los...

January 30, 2020

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Large fireball explodes over Andalusia, meteorites possible, Spain

A large fireball exploded over Spain's Andalusia region around 23:00 UTC on January 28, 2020. The event was particularly seen over the cities of Cadiz and Seville, from more than 400 km (248 miles) away. One fragment reportedly fell in La Campina de Sevilla, in...

January 30, 2020

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Kepler spots a 'vampire' star system going through super-outburst

A new search of NASA's Kepler space telescope archive has uncovered a vampire star system undergoing super-outburst. Crafted to search for exoplanets, the spacecraft sometimes spots other objects that brighten or dim. The newly-discovered star system consists of...

January 30, 2020

asteroid 2020 bh6

Asteroid 2020 BH6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2020 BH6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD / 0.00047 AU (70 310 km / 43 689 miles) on January 25, 2020. This is the 4th and the closest asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. The...

January 28, 2020

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Asteroids 2020 BK3 and 2020 BB5 flew past Earth at 0.78 and 0.69 LD, respectively

Two newly discovered asteroids flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 20, 2020. These are the second and third known asteroids to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year. The first, designated 2020 BK3 is an Apollo-class asteroid that flew...

January 24, 2020

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ISS astronaut shares her view of Quadrantid meteor shower and aurora over Edmonton, Canada

NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared a stunning photo of the Quadrantid meteor shower-- this year's first meteor shower-- from her view aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The majestic view also features green bands of the aurora borealis or northern...

January 24, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Cyprus

A brilliant fireball was spotted across the island of Cyprus on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at around 20:00 UTC (22:00 LT). The American Meteor Society (AMS) said they received around 144 eyewitness reports. The fireball was seen over Ammochostos, Beirut Governorate,...

January 22, 2020

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New evidence suggests active volcanoes still present on Venus

Research led by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) showed evidence indicating the surprising probability that there are still active volcanoes on Venus. If confirmed this would make Venus and Earth the only planets in our solar system with recent...

January 22, 2020

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Stormy activity and rippling ice at Mars' north pole

The European Space Agency (ESA) shared a stunning image captured by Mars Express' High-Resolution Stereo Camera on the red planet, showing a stormy activity on the icy cap at the north pole, with swathes of ice, dark troughs, depressions, and signs of strong...

January 21, 2020

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Bright daylight fireball over Puerto Rico

A bright ball of fire was seen flashing across the sky over Puerto Rico at 21:27 UTC (17:27 local time) on Friday, January 17, 2020. Some of the residents reported loud noise associated with the event. The American Meteor Society (AMS) receiver 31 reports from...

January 20, 2020