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Bright fireball explodes over Tokyo, sonic boom reported, Japan

A bright fireball streaked across Japan's capital Tokyo at 17:32 UTC on July 1, 2020 (02:32 JST, July 2). Many people reported hearing a sonic boom minutes after the meteor exploded, which is considered rare, according to the National Astronomical Observatory....

July 03, 2020

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eROSITA X-ray telescope captures deepest view of the entire sky

The eROSITA telescope, which launched in July 2019, has since been scanning the entire sky in X-ray wavelengths, gathering observations for all the deepest all-sky survey. It has now completed its first full sweep, with all the data compiled into a map that contains...

June 28, 2020

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NASA's ICON mission releases first batch of data on Earth's ionosphere

NASA's ICON mission team has released its first batch of observations of the ins and outs of the Earth's ionosphere--the dynamic region high in the planet's atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. The satellite is designed to study...

June 28, 2020

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Three fireballs streak across Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Three fireballs streaked across Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico on June 16, 2020, between 04:40 and 06:08 UTC (00:40 and 02:08 LT). The objects were recorded within a 90-minute period, facing slightly northwestern. Earlier this year, a bright daylight fireball was...

June 22, 2020

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Unusual green glow detected for the first time in atmosphere of Mars

The European Space AGency's (ESA) Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has detected an unusual green glow for the first time in the atmosphere of Mars. According to the new study, the bright emission has been predicted to exist at Mars for around 40 years. "One of the...

June 21, 2020

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Meteorite hits the town of Sanchore, leaving a 30 cm (1 foot) crater in the ground, Rajasthan

A metallic meteorite-like object reportedly fell from the sky in the Indian state of Rajasthan on June 19, 2020, leaving a 30 cm (1 foot) crater in the ground and causing explosive sound heard several kilometers away. According to local media reports, the object...

June 20, 2020

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'Ring of Fire' annular solar eclipse to grace the skies soon after the solstice

An annular solar eclipse will take place on Sunday, June 21, 2020. This is one of the most breathtaking celestial events when the Moon partially obscures the Sun, allowing a "ring of fire" on its edges. The eclipse will start several hours after the...

June 19, 2020

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SOHO discovers its 4 000th comet

A citizen scientist from Europe discovered SOHO's 4 000th comet in the spacecraft's 25-year history. SOHO -- Solar and Heliospheric Observatory -- jointly operated by NASA and ESA since 1995. The comet was discovered on June 15, 2020, and is currently...

June 17, 2020

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Spectacular, long-lasting green fireball recorded over Pilbara, Western Australia

A spectacular, long-lasting green fireball was recorded over Pilbara, Western Australia at around 16:45 UTC on June 14, 2020 (00:45 LT on June 15). The American Meteor Society (AMS) received two reports about the event from Port Hedland and Exmouth, but according...

June 15, 2020

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Astronomers spot potentially habitable planet and star closely resembling Earth and Sun

Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet and its star-- both with striking similarities to the Earth and our Sun. The exoplanet candidate called KOI-456.04, which is about 1.9 times the size of ours, is at the right distance from its star, which...

June 14, 2020

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Fermi Bubbles measured in visible light for the first time

For the first time, astronomers have observed visible light from two gigantic outflows of high-energy gas in our galaxy, known as Fermi Bubbles. The researchers announced their findings at the 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, which was held...

June 14, 2020

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Ultra-bright X-ray source awakens after 26 years in a galaxy not-so-far away

A new ultra-bright X-ray source has awakened after 26 years near our galactic neighbors the Magellanic Clouds. This is the second-closest ultra-bright X-ray source to date, with brightness more powerful than a million suns. The object, called RX J0209.6-7427, was...

June 14, 2020

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Solar Ring: Researchers propose new concept for studying Sun and inner heliosphere

Researchers from China have proposed a new concept for understanding Sun and the inner heliosphere, which entails deploying six spacecraft in three elliptical orbits between the Earth and Venus and around the Sun to study the star from a 360-degree perspective. The...

June 14, 2020

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Bright fireball seen over eastern U.S. and Ontario, Canada

A bright fireball was seen streaking through the night sky over Tennessee, U.S., at around 01:41 UTC on June 8, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 174 reports from witnesses, including those as far north as Ontario, Canada. The fireball was primarily...

June 09, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 LD flew past us at 0.8 LD - the largest within 1 lunar distance since 2011

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 LD flew past Earth at a distance of 0.80 LD / 0.00205 AU (306 675 km / 190 559 miles) at 08:25 UTC on June 5, 2020. This is the 45th known and the largest asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of...

June 09, 2020

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STEREO-A records Solar Orbiter crossing the ion tail of Comet ATLAS

ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft passed through the ion tail of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) on May 31 and June 1, 2020, and through its dust tail on June 6. This is the 7th space mission to fly through the tail of a comet, and the first one whose upcoming crossing was...

June 07, 2020

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Astronomers discover new type of space explosion with characteristics of supernova and gamma-ray burst

Astronomers have detected a new type of cosmic explosion that has the characteristics of a supernova and a gamma-ray burst-- two of the most powerful outbursts in the universe. In 2018, astronomers spotted a cosmic blast that has a strange behavior-- dubbed the...

May 31, 2020