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Powerful outburst from Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN)

Astronomers monitoring Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) spotted a powerful outburst from the comet on May 5. Such outbursts usually indicate a fragmentation, but scientists are hopeful that this could just be a volatile comet. The comet is approaching Earth and the Sun-- its...

May 08, 2020

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OSIRIS-REx succeeds in sampling rehearsal, taking a step closer to asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) has successfully descended down to just 75 m (246 feet) above the surface asteroid Bennu in a risky rehearsal to prepare the spacecraft before it collects...

May 07, 2020

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Russia set to launch its first satellite for monitoring Arctic

Russia's first satellite for monitoring the Arctic climate called Arktika-M is set to be launched by the end of 2020, as announced by the General Director of the Lavochkin aerospace company, Vladimir Kolmykov. The launch was initially scheduled in 2019 but was...

May 07, 2020

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Highly-detailed images reveal evidence of ancient rivers on Mars

A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky cliff on Mars, revealing the first evidence of ancient rivers that existed for more than 100 000 years on the surface of the planet, 3.7 billion years ago. The international team of scientists used...

May 07, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 JJ flew past Earth at just 0.03 LD on May 4 -- the closest of the year and 6th closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JJ flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.03 LD / 0.0000896 AU (13 403 km / 8 328 miles) at 12:05 UTC on May 4, 2020. This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year and the second of the...

May 04, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 JA to flyby Earth at 0.62 LD on May 3

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JA will flyby Earth at a safe distance of 0.62 LD / 0.00160 AU (239 356 km / 148 729 miles) at 20:01 UTC on May 3, 2020. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

May 03, 2020

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Bright fireball streaks across French Antilles

A bright fireball exploded over the French Antilles at 00:40 UTC on April 27, 2020 (20:40 LT on April 26), lighting up the night skies between Martinique to as far north as Anguilla and as far west as Puerto Rico. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received seven...

April 30, 2020

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Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) rapidly brightening, now visible to naked eye

Approaching Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) has become bright enough that it is already visible to the naked eye. As of 14:30 UTC on April 30, 2020, the comet is 115 million km (71 million miles) away from Earth, with a magnitude of 6.0. The comet appears like a bright fuzz...

April 30, 2020

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Hubble telescope captures comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) crumbling into 25 pieces

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the sharpest view of Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS disintegrating into pieces. About 30 fragments were identified on April 20, but just three days later on April 23, the telescope spotted only 25. "Their appearance...

April 29, 2020

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New study suggests laws of nature not as constant as previously believed

A study by researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) suggests that the laws of nature are not as constant as previously assumed-- it may break down at the edge of the universe, making it possible to slightly bend the laws of the universe. In the...

April 29, 2020

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Back to back fireball events recorded over Brazil

Two very bright fireball events were recorded over Brazil within 24 hours-- the first at 06:43 UTC on April 23, 2020, and the second at 05:24 UTC on April 24. The first recorded fireball was seen over Minas Gerais. According to Professor Carlos Fernando Jung from...

April 28, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 HS7 to flyby Earth at 0.11 LD on April 28

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 HS7 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.11 LD / 0.00029 AU (43 383 km / 26 957 miles) at 18:51 UTC on April 28, 2020. This is the 36th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

April 28, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 HP6 to flyby Earth at 0.33 LD on April 27

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2020 HP6 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.33 LD / 0.00084 AU (125 662 km / 78 082 miles) at 14:40 UTC on April 27, 2020. This is the 34th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

April 27, 2020

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Large asteroid 1998 OR2 to flyby Earth at 16.36 LD on April 29

A large asteroid designated 1998 OR2 is expected to flyby Earth at 16.36 LD / 0.04205 AU (6.2 million km / 3.9 million miles) at 09:56 UTC on April 29, 2020. 1998 OR2 was discovered at Haleakala in Hawaii on July 24, 1998, by NASA and the Jet Propulsion...

April 26, 2020

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First interstellar asteroid population discovered

A new study has identified the first known permanent set of asteroids originating from outside our solar system. These are believed to have been captured from other stars billions of years ago, orbiting the Sun in disguise ever since. The findings came more than two...

April 24, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 HX3 will flyby Earth at 0.66 LD on April 24

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 HX3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.66 LD / 0.00169 AU (252 820 km / 157 095 miles) at 19:38 UTC on April 23, 2020. This is the 31st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

April 23, 2020

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Digital Unified Global Geologic Map of the Moon

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute, has released the Unified Geologic Map of the Moon-- the first time the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped. "People have always been fascinated...

April 21, 2020