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asteroid 2017 uk8

Asteroid 2017 UK8 flew past Earth at 0.59 LD, 10th this month within 1 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 UK8 flew past Earth at 0.59 LD / 0.00151 AU (~ 225 892km / 140 363 miles) at 05:17 UTC on October 30, 2017. This is the 46th known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of year, and...

October 30, 2017

asteroid 2017 ul6

Asteroid 2017 UL6 to flyby Earth at 0.16 LD

A newly discovered, very small asteroid designated 2017 UL6 will flyby Earth at 0.16 LD or 0.00040 AU (~ 59 839 km / 37 182 miles) at 11:24 UTC on October 28, 2017. This is the 45th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

October 28, 2017

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Jets of ionospheric cold plasma discovered at the magnetopause

The Sun and Earth both produce powerful magnetic fields, and their intersection develops a complex system of physics that determines the space weather experienced by our planet. The solar wind - a constant stream of charged particles (plasma) emitted from the Sun -...

October 28, 2017

sentinel 1

Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes, helping predict their paths

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms. Imaging the top of hurricanes from space is nothing new, but the Sentinel-1 satellites can see right through these towering spinning...

October 28, 2017

2017 U1 orbit

First interstellar near-Earth object originating out of our solar system

Observations of a recently discovered near-Earth object currently designated A/2017 U1 suggest the object approached our solar system almost directly 'above' the ecliptic on September 9, 2017, and passed under Earth's orbit on October 14 at 60 lunar...

October 26, 2017

comet 96p machholz 2002

Comet 96P/Machholz enters field view of LASCO coronagraphs

For the fifth time since SOHO launched in 1995, fascinating comet 96P/Machholz will be entering the field of view of the SOHO/LASCO coronagraphs. This year, however, it will also pass through the view of STEREO-A/SECCHI COR1 and COR-2 coronagraphs. For the first...

October 24, 2017

asteroid 2017 ur2

Asteroid 2017 UR2 flew past Earth at 0.83 LD, 2 days after discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 UR2 flew past Earth at 0.83 LD / 0.00213 AU (~318 643 km / 197 995 miles) on October 17, 2017, two days after it was discovered. This is the 43rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

October 22, 2017

asteroid 2017 uj2

Asteroid 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at 0.05 LD, second closest of the year

A small asteroid designated 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.05 LD or 0.00012 AU (~17 951 km / 11 154 miles) from the center of Earth on October 20, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 42nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1...

October 22, 2017

9comet 41p Tuttle Giacobini Kresak

Spinning comet rapidly slowed down during close approach to Earth

Astronomers at Lowell Observatory observed comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak last spring and noticed that the speed of its rotation was quickly slowing down. A research team led by David Schleicher studied the comet while it was closer to the Earth than it has ever...

October 19, 2017

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Bright fireball, sonic boom reported over Sri Lanka

A bright fireball accompanied by a sonic boom was reported streaking through the night sky over Sri Lanka around 15:30 UTC (21:00 local time) on October 18, 2017. Numerous people from the Southern Province of the country reported loud explosion associated with the...

October 19, 2017

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Bright daylight meteor recorded over Long Island, New York

A bright daylight meteor was observed and recorded disintegrating over Long Island, New York at around 19:00 UTC (15:00 EDT) on October 18, 2017. The event reportedly lasted from 3.5 to 7.5 seconds. One user reported seeing it for about 20 seconds. Although the...

October 19, 2017

asteroid 2017 td6

Asteroid 2017 TD6 to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on October 19, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TD6 will flyby Earth at 0.5 LD (~192 999 km / 119 303 miles) at 18:56 UTC on October 19, 2017. This is the 41st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. This asteroid belongs to...

October 18, 2017

asteroid 2017 fu

Asteroid 2017 UF discovered a day after 0.99 LD Earth flyby

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 UF flew past Earth at 0.99 LD (~380 160 km / 236 220 miles) on October 15, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

October 18, 2017

russian sl 4 rocked body reentry middle east october 16 2017

Impressive reentry of Russian SL-4 rocket body over Dubai, UAE

An atmospheric reentry of a Russian SL-4 rocket body created a spectacular show over the Middle Eastern countries late Monday, October 16, 2017, witnessed and recorded by numerous people. The event lasted more than 55 seconds and was visible from Iraq, Bahrain, UAE...

October 16, 2017

ngc 4993 showing merging neutron star pair

ESO: Merging neutron stars scatter gold and platinum into space

ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind...

October 16, 2017

asteroid 2017 th5

Asteroid 2017 TH5 to flyby Earth at 0.26 LD on October 16, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TH5 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.26 LD (~99 840 km / 62 073 miles) from the surface of our planet at 17:15 UTC on October 16, 2017. This asteroid, first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on October 15, 2017,...

October 16, 2017

asteroid 2017 tf5

Asteroid 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, 4 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD (~280 320 km / 174 182 miles) at 07:40 UTC on October 10, 2017, 4 days before it was discovered. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

October 16, 2017