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Eruptive origins of pyroclastic deposits on the Moon

A new study by researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) suggests that the early Moon may have been more volatile-rich than previously believed. Previous studies concluded that lunar volcanoes had exploded primarily cold bedrock, but the ASU team said there...

August 29, 2020

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Earth moving through radioactive remnants of supernovae for the past 33 000 years

A new study suggests that the Earth has been moving through the remnants of an ancient exploded star for at least the past 33 000 years. The research team extracted a special isotope of iron called iron-60 from sea sediment samples and found that the isotope is...

August 27, 2020

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Mysterious, spiral-shaped ultraviolet light pulses over Mars

New images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reveal wide areas of Mars' night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light. While researchers understand the light's source, its mysterious spiral shape left them puzzled. "There is a vast spiral of ultraviolet light...

August 26, 2020

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Very bright fireball illuminates sky over Japan's Kanto region

A very bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Japan's Kanto region at 14:32 UTC (22:30 LT) on August 21, 2020. This is the second notable meteor event in Japan since July 1. One of the many eyewitnesses described it as a completely red...

August 25, 2020

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Slow-moving meteor over southern Spain

This stunning and slow meteor overflew southern Spain at 02:02 UTC on August 22, 2020 (04:02 LT). The event was recorded by the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, Sierra Nevada, and Calar Alto. The meteor hit the atmosphere at around 62 000 km/h. It began...

August 25, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Greece

A bright fireball streaked across the night sky over Greece at 18:36 UTC (21:36 LT) on August 18, 2020. The event was captured on video by a kopaida.gr web camera located in Livadia, central Greece. Featured image credit: kopaida.gr ...

August 25, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 QY2 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 QY2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD / 0.00044 AU (65 823 km / 40 900 miles) at 23:50 UTC on August 20, 2020. The flyby took place just 21 minutes after 2020 PY2 and 4 days after the closest NEO flyby on record -...

August 21, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over the city of Linyi, China's Shandong Province

A bright fireball exploded over the Chinese city of Linyi, Shandong Province at 14:59 UTC on August 16, 2020 (22:59 LT). The event was captured on camera run by the Chinese Meteor Monitoring Organization (CMMO). According to the CMMO's Linyi observation station,...

August 18, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 QG flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD on August 16 -- the closest NEO flyby on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 QG flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD / 0.0000623 AU (9 319 km / 5 791 miles) on August 16, 2020. This is now the closest near-Earth object to flyby Earth so far this year and the closest on record. Valid 15:38 UTC on...

August 18, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 PY2 to flyby Earth at 0.9 LD on August 20

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 PY2 is expected to fly past Earth at a distance of 0.90 LD / 0.00232 AU (347 067 km / 215 657 miles) on August 20, 2020. This is the 51st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

August 17, 2020

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Unusual triple comet flies past the Sun

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spotted an unusual object identified as a triple comet flying past the Sun in early August. Although the satellite captures comets all the time-- most of which are Kreutz sungrazers-- the particular object is not a...

August 14, 2020

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2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

The Perseid meteor shower -- one of the best and brightest of the year -- is set to peak in the late hours of Tuesday into Thursday, August 11 into 13. This is one of the most anticipated showers of the year, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. This year,...

August 11, 2020

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ESA highlights Cluster mission's 20 years of observing Earth's magnetosphere

ESA's Cluster mission, launched in June 2000, was designed to study the Earth's magnetosphere, which protects the planet from impacts by cosmic particles but also interacts with them, generating spectacular phenomena like auroras. As the mission enters its...

August 07, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 PA flew past Earth at 0.15 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 PA flew past Earth at a distance of 0.15 LD / 0.00039 AU (58 343 km / 36 252 miles) on August 1, 2020. This is the 49th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2020 PA was first...

August 03, 2020

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Extremely elongated cloud returns over Arsia Mons volcano, Mars

The Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) attached to Mars Express captured a mysteriously long, thin cloud over the 20 km (12 miles) high Arsia Mons volcano on July 17 and 19, 2020. According to ESA, the cloud is a recurrent feature made up of water ice and is influenced...

July 31, 2020

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Slow-moving meteor over southern Spain

This stunning meteor overflew the south of Spain at about 00:31 UTC on July 29, 2020 (02:31 local time), and was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). The meteoroid hit the...

July 29, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 OY4 to flyby Earth at 0.11 LD on July 28 - third closest of the year

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 OY4 will flyby Earth at 0.11 LD / 0.00028 AU (41 887 km / 26 027 miles) at 00:13 UTC on July 28, 2020. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. It is also the...

July 27, 2020