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Juno mission rewrites what we know about Jupiter

NASA’s Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft...

May 26, 2017

bright green fireball new zealand may 18 2017

Bright green fireball streaks across the New Zealand night sky

A bright green fireball streaked across the night sky over North Island, New Zealand on May 18, 2017. The event took place around 07:15 UTC (19:15 NZST) and lasted up to 7 seconds. According to witness reports, the event lasted a few seconds before it disintegrated...

May 19, 2017

asteroid 2017 jq1

Asteroid 2017 JQ1 flew past Earth at 0.44 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 JQ1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.44 LD (168 960 km / 104 986 miles) at 01:16 UTC on May 4, 2017. This is the 23rd known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9, 2017 (according to data...

May 06, 2017

x ray tsunami discovered in perseus galaxy cluster

X-ray 'tsunami' discovered in Perseus galaxy cluster

Scientists have discovered a vast wave of hot gas in the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster, spanning some 200 000 light-years. This is twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. The discovery was made combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio...

May 02, 2017

asteroid 2017 ja

Asteroid 2017 JA flew past Earth at a distance of 0.26 LD

A newly discovered asteroid 2017 JA flew past Earth at a distance of 0.26 LD (~99 840 km / 62 037 miles) on May 2, 2017, just a day after it was discovered. This is the 22nd known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance (according to data...

May 02, 2017

night sky guide may 2017

Night sky guide for May 2017

May 2017 brings us Eta Aquarids, an above average meteor shower capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, in the southern hemisphere. The waxing gibbous moon, however, will block out many of the fainter meteors this year. The Moon will be located...

May 01, 2017

asteroid 2017 hg4

Asteroid 2017 HG4 flew past Earth at 0.61 LD

A near-Earth asteroid designated 2017 HG4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.61 LD (~234 240 km / 145 550 miles) on April 22, 2017, four days before it was discovered. This makes it the 20th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9,...

April 28, 2017

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Long-lasting fireball over Florida

A long-lasting fireball was seen over Florida around 03:52 UTC on April 26, 2017 (23:52 EDT on April 25). The event lasted up to 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 46 reports by 17:35 UTC. Five witnesses reported sound associated with the event while...

April 26, 2017

new data shows heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data show heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data covering an entire 11-year solar activity cycle suggest that Sun and planets in our solar system are surrounded by a giant, spherical system of magnetic field from the Sun, calling into question the current view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind...

April 24, 2017

asteroid 2017 hv2

Newly discovered asteroid 2017 HV2 to flyby Earth at 0.33 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 HV2 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.33 LD (~126 720 km / 78 740 miles) on April 23, 2017. This is the 21st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year (according to data available...

April 23, 2017

new feature discovered in the night sky steve

New phenomenon discovered in the night sky

A new phenomenon seen as a giant purple streak of light in the night sky has been recently discovered and, for lack of a better word, named Steve. Steve was discovered thanks to scientists, citizen scientists, ground-based imagers and ESA's magnetic field Swarm...

April 21, 2017

asteroid 2017 hj

Asteroid 2017 HJ discovered a day after it flew past Earth at 0.35 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 HJ flew past Earth at a distance of 0.35 LD (134 400 km / 83 512 miles) at 05:43 UTC on April 16, 2017. This is the 18th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9, 2017 (according to data...

April 18, 2017

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Bright sunset meteor over Queensland, house-shaking sound reported

A bright meteor was seen streaking across the sunset sky over Queensland, Australia around 18:00 local time (08:00 UTC) on April 16, 2017. The fireball was observed from southern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. House-shaking sound was reported in...

April 17, 2017

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Bright fireball over South Carolina

A bright, long-lasting fireball was seen across the sky over South Carolina at 00:45 UTC on April 13, 2017 (20:45 EDT, April 12). Witnesses described a bright, white light lasting for about 10 seconds. Many said the object left a long tail. The event was seen...

April 13, 2017

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Dealing with space debris, preventing chain reaction

During April 18 - 21, experts from around the world will meet at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany for the 7th European Conference on Space Debris discussing the extent of the space debris problem and what can be done to ensure that...

April 11, 2017

bright fireball san diego california april 2017

Bright fireball over San Diego, California

A very bright fireball was seen and recorded streaking through the night sky over San Diego, California around 04:00 UTC on April 11, 2017 (21:00 PDT, April 10). Witnesses have described the event as green and very bright fireball, lasting for several seconds. As of...

April 11, 2017

telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Stellar explosions are most often associated with supernovae, the spectacular deaths of stars. But new ALMA observations provide insights into explosions at the other end of the stellar life cycle, star birth. Astronomers captured these dramatic images as they...

April 08, 2017