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Lyrid meteor shower peaks April 21 to 22, viewing conditions nearly perfect this year

The Lyrid meteor shower will peak late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, April 21 to 22, 2020. The thin crescent Moon will allow observers to get a clear view of the event as there will be no obstruction. The shower comes after the so-called meteor drought that...

April 20, 2020

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Tracking down the comets - C/2020 F8 (SWAN), C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) and C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)

Although Comet Atlas (C/2019 Y4) continues fading and fragmenting, newly-found comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) has been found to be brightening firmly. Meanwhile, C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS) is holding steady at 8th magnitude and a new Comet Atlas -- C/2019 Y1 -- discovered on...

April 17, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Peru

A bright fireball exploded over Peru at around 01:00 UTC on April 16, 2020 (20:00 LT on April 15). The American Meteor Society (AMS) received two reports from witnesses in the Callao Region and Ica. According to local media, dozens of witnesses in Lima and Ica...

April 16, 2020

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Astronomers detect the brightest and most powerful supernova ever

Astronomers have detected the brightest and most powerful supernova ever-- the explosion was so massive that it was previously thought to be impossible. The SN2016aps supernova, which was observed by the PanSTARRS Survey for Transients on February 22, 2016, in a...

April 15, 2020

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Mars 2020 mission: Perseverance rover features first-ever helicopter to fly on another planet

The Mars 2020 mission with its Perseverance rover is set to venture to the red planet on July 17, 2020, aiming to address high-priority scientific goals, including major astrobiology questions about the potential for life on Mars. As part of the final...

April 13, 2020

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Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) disintegrates, at least three fragments recorded

Newly-discovered comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) has broken up before its much-anticipated show, with at least three fragments observed on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2020. ATLAS was discovered on December 28, 2019, in the constellation of Ursa Major. Over the...

April 13, 2020

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Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 GH2 to flyby Earth at 0.93 LD on April 15

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 GH2 will flyby Earth at 0.93 LD / 0.00240 AU (359 034 km / 223 093 miles) at 12:45 UTC on April 15, 2020. This is the 29th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. While it's...

April 13, 2020

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Daylight fireball over central Europe

A daylight fireball streaked across the sky over central Europe at around 13:33 UTC on Monday, April 6, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 350 reports about the event, with eyewitnesses from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany....

April 07, 2020

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Very bright fireball over the northeastern Netherlands

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over the northeastern Netherlands, near the border with Germany at around 21:44 UTC (23:44 LT) on April 4, 2020. The event comes after two fireballs exploded within one hour over Belgium on April 1, followed by...

April 06, 2020

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Two fireballs explode within one hour over Belgium, another over southern Germany hours later

Two fireballs occurred within a period of one hour on April 1, 2020, over Belgium. The first one was spotted by the FRIPON network's four stations at around 22:57 UTC while the second was captured by three cameras at 23:33 UTC (00:57 LT and 01:33 LT on April 2,...

April 03, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 GH to flyby Earth at 0.33 LD on April 3

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 GH will fly by Earth at 0.33 LD / 0.00084 AU (125 662 km / 78 082 miles) at 22:04 UTC on April 3, 2020. This is the 25th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 1st this...

April 03, 2020

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Bright fireball over Florida, U.S.

A bright fireball exploded over Florida, U.S., on April 1, 2020, and was captured on camera. The American Meteor Society received 16 eyewitness reports, with one also coming from Georgia. The observers reported seeing the fireball at around 04:30 UTC (00:30 LT). 15...

April 02, 2020

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Night Sky Guide for April 2020

April 1 - Moon at First Quarter - 10:21 UTC. The Moon will be prominent in the evening sky. At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, it appears almost exactly half illuminated. April 2 - M104 well placed for observation. The sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will...

April 01, 2020

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Voyager 2 data from 34 years ago reveal one more secret about Uranus

Scientists reinspecting 34-year-old data from NASA's Voyager 2 have discovered one more secret about Uranus-- something appears to have been pulling the ice-cold planet's atmosphere out into space. On January 24, 2986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew within 81...

March 29, 2020

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Approaching comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) rapidly brightening-- may be visible to naked eye soon

A newly-discovered comet named C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is now crossing the orbit of Mars as it makes its way toward the Sun. The object has been brightening so rapidly since its discovery on December 28, 2019, that some astronomers believe it will be visible to the naked...

March 26, 2020

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Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 FJ4 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD on March 25

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 FJ4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.67 LD / 0.00172 AU (257 308 km / 159 883 miles) at 13:43 UTC on March 25, 2020. This is the 24th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year, including 2020 FG4 on March...

March 25, 2020

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Bright fireball over Belgium, meteorites possible

A bright fireball exploded over Belgium at 02:04 UTC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 6 reports from eyewitnesses including those in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany. According to IMO, the meteoroid entered...

March 24, 2020