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a new kind of explosion on the Sun dec 17 2019

Solar Dynamics Observatory witnesses new kind of magnetic explosion on the Sun

NASA's legendary Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has observed a new type of explosion on the Sun. Called "forced reconnection," this newly-discovered phenomenon was theorized 15 years ago. The discovery is expected to help scientists understand a...

December 18, 2019

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Milky Way image reveals gigantic eruption 1 billion years ago

A groundbreaking survey of more than 700 000 stars near the Milky Way's heart has produced one of the most stunning images of our galaxy-- astronomers studying the huge population of stars in the "nuclear disk" theorize that there were two significant...

December 18, 2019

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Geminid meteor shower's dust trail spotted for the first time

NASA's Parker Solar Probe spotted Geminid meteor shower's dust trail from space for the first time ever. As it orbits the Sun 21 more times, the probe will help scientists examine the mysterious structure of the trail. Meteors in yearly showers such as the...

December 16, 2019

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Hubble captures interstellar comet 2I/Borisov swinging past the Sun

The Hubble Space Telescope has shared the sharpest view of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov moving at 160 934 km/h (100 000 mph) past the Sun. This is the second interstellar object recorded in our solar system, the first being Oumuamua in 2017. "Hubble...

December 14, 2019

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2019 Geminid meteor shower peaks under nearly full moon

The Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on December 14, 2019. At its peak, the shower can produce up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour. However, the Moon will be only 4 days past full phase at the shower's peak, presenting significant interference...

December 12, 2019

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Bright 'green' fireball flashes across Arizona, USA

A brilliant fireball was seen streaking across the night sky over Arizona at around 04:26 UTC on December 7, 2019. Witnesses said the light appeared green, likely a "shooting star" but more than a quick flash that such phenomenon commonly produces. The...

December 09, 2019

closest look at exploding comet by NASA

Most complete and detailed observation of the formation and dissipation of comet outburst

NASA's exoplanet-tracking satellite Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) captured a rare glimpse of the entirety of a "comet outburst"-- an epic cosmic event where a comet spontaneously combusts in an intense explosion. This is the most...

December 08, 2019

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'Vivid and long-lasting' meteor over Alabama, USA

A long-lasting fireball was seen flying through the sky over Alabama at around 01:31 UTC on December 5, 2019. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham was able to catch footage on its Skycam. NWS Birmingham said they received reports of a "vivid and...

December 05, 2019

NASA Parker Solar Probe

Details of Parker Solar Probe's groundbreaking discoveries about the Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe surprised scientists with its groundbreaking views of the Sun as the first results from the mission were released on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Scientists observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on a small scale, and...

December 05, 2019

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Research suggests fireball over Australia was Earth's minimoon

A new study suggests that fireball that exploded over Australia in 2016 might have been Earth's 'minimoon.' If true, this would be the second observation of a minimoon fireball ever. Objects gravitationally captured by the Earth – Moon system are...

December 04, 2019

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Mysterious radio signal hints at a new type of star system in the Milky Way

Scientists were left puzzled after a mysterious radio signal-- observed near the Southern Constellation of Ara using the MeerKAT telescope-- suggests a new type of star system in the Milky Way. About two months using the radio telescope based in the Karoo desert in...

December 03, 2019

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Global storms on Mars launch dust towers 80 km (50 miles) into the sky

When a massive dust storm on Mars-- like the one in 2018-- reaches its full potential, it can transform into a globe-bestriding colossus. This happens often on the red planet, and these storms typically start out as a sequence of smaller storms. NASA scientists said...

December 03, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for December 2019

December 2 - Pheonicid meteor shower. The Pheonicid meteor shower is active from November 28 to December 9, producing its peak rate of meteors around December 2. Over this period, there will be a chance of seeing Pheonicid meteors from anywhere where the...

December 02, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 WJ4 flew past Earth at 0.85 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WJ4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.85 LD / 0.00219 AU (327 619 km / 203 573 miles) on November 30, 2019. This is the 72nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and 11th since...

December 02, 2019

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Astronomers map Milky Way's magnetic field

Astronomers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Curtin University, in collaboration with colleagues from Europe, Canada, and South Africa published the most accurate catalog of measurements towards mapping the Milky...

December 01, 2019

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NASA unveils first global geologic map of Titan

NASA has revealed the first global geologic map of Titan, the largest moon orbiting Saturn. The map showed a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters, and other types of terrain. Aside from Earth, Titan is the only other known planetary body in the solar...

November 27, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 WG2 flew past Earth at 0.47 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WG2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.47 LD / 0.00121 AU (181 013 km / 112 476 miles) at 08:44 UTC on November 23, 2019. Apollo-class asteroid 2019 WG2 was first observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, Hawaii on November 24,...

November 26, 2019