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New map of Milky Way Galaxy shows Earth is 7 km/s faster and 2 000 LY closer to the galactic center

Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2 000 light-years closer to the hypothesized supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, according to results of a new and better model of the galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of...

November 28, 2020

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Hayabusa2 spacecraft carrying pieces of asteroid Ryugu returns to Earth on December 6

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft is set to return to Earth on December 6, 2020, after a yearlong journey to collect soil samples of asteroid Ryugu. These valuable samples could provide scientists with more clues to the origins of...

November 27, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 WY4 flew past Earth at 0.29 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 WY4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.29 LD / 0.00075 AU (112 198 km / 69 716 miles) at 03:19 UTC on November 24, 2020. This is the 93rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

November 27, 2020

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Three fireballs over Spain on November 21

Three bright meteors were recorded over Spain on November 21 - at 01:32, 01:47 UTC, and 02:21 UTC. The first was generated by a meteoroid produced by Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at around 101 000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 105 km (65 miles) over...

November 23, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over southern Texas

A bright fireball exploded over southern Texas, U.S. at around 02:58 UTC on November 20, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 50 reports from Texas, U.S., and Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Fireball over southern Texas on November 3, 2020 - heatmap. Credit: AMS...

November 21, 2020

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Very bright, slow-moving fireball recorded over central Europe

A very bright, slow-moving fireball was recorded over central Europe at 03:46 UTC on November 19, 2020. The event lasted some 18 seconds before the object disintegrated. The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 34 reports from witnesses in Germany,...

November 20, 2020

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CSIRO research vessel Investigator films bright green meteor breaking up off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia

A bright green meteor was spotted by the crew of the research vessel Investigator, operated by Australia's national science agency -- CSIRO -- at 10:21 UTC on November 18, 2020. The vessel was located off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia at the time of...

November 19, 2020

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Unparalleled 3D animation of planet Mars

Based on images of Mars taken during 6 nights in October and November 2020 with the 1-meter telescope at the Pic du Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees, astronomers led by Francois Colas built a complete planisphere of Mars and generated hundreds of images to...

November 19, 2020

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Bright Leonid fireball explodes over Missouri

A bright Leonid fireball exploded over Missouri, U.S. at around 11:24 UTC on November 18, 2020 (05:24 CST). The event was so bright that it cast shadows and momentarily blinded the Missouri Skies Observatory camera located in Albany, Missouri. The American Meteor...

November 19, 2020

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Very bright fireball explodes over southern Spain

A very bright fireball exploded over southern Spain, on Monday, November 16, 2020. The object entered the atmosphere at an altitude of about 132 km (82 miles) over Andalucia and ended at a height of about 61 km (38 mph) over southern Portugal. The fireball was...

November 17, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 VT4 makes extremely close approach to Earth at just 0.02 LD - breaks record for the closest asteroid flyby

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 VT4 flew past Earth at a very close distance of just 0.02 LD / 0.0000451 AU (6 746 km / 4 192 miles) from the center of our planet at 17:20 UTC on November 13, 2020. This makes it the closest known asteroid to flyby Earth,...

November 15, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 VP1 flew past Earth at 0.48 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 VP1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.48 LD / 0.00123 AU (184 005 km / 114 335 miles) at 06:59 UTC on November 11, 2020. This is the 90th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

November 11, 2020

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Very bright fireball over Sweden, deep exploding sounds reported

A very bright fireball was observed and captured on camera as it streaked through the sky over Sweden at around 21:27 UTC on November 7, 2020. It's possible pieces of the object survived atmospheric entry. Residents living close to the trajectory reported deep...

November 10, 2020

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Bright meteor over the Mediterranean Sea

This beautiful meteor spotted from Spain overflew the Mediterranean Sea at about 03:13 UTC on November 8, 2020 (04:13 LT). It was generated by a rock from Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at about 101 000 km/h. The visual part of the event began at an altitude...

November 10, 2020

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Bright fireball over Connecticut and New York, U.S.

A bright fireball was seen streaking through the night sky over Connecticut and New York, U.S. at 02:22 UTC on November 9, 2020 (19:22 EST, November 8). The American Meteor Society (AMS) received more than 210 reports from 12 states, including Massachusetts,...

November 09, 2020

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Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 VW flew past Earth at 0.58 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 VW flew past Earth at 0.58 LD / 0.00148 AU (221 404 km / 137 574 miles) at 09:05 UTC on November 2, 2020. This is the 87th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year, 15th since...

November 07, 2020

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Brilliant fireball explodes over the eastern U.S.

A bright fireball streaked across the night sky over the eastern U.S. at around 23:30 UTC (18:30 LT) on October 31, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 247 reports from eyewitnesses, most of whom described the object as the "brightest" and...

November 04, 2020