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spindle like galaxies

Astronomers discover unusual spindle-like galaxies

Using the CALIFA survey, astronomer Athanasia Tsatsi (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy) and her colleagues studied the spindle-like galaxies and found that these slender galaxies, which rotate along their longest axis, are much more common than previously thought....

October 14, 2017

asteroid 2012 tc4 by mike olason on october 10 2017

Asteroid 2012 TC4 to flyby Earth at 0.13 LD on October 12

Asteroid 2012 TC4, discovered in 2012 by PanSTARRS-1, will fly past our planet at a very close distance of 0.13 LD (~50 100 km / 31 140 miles) at 05:40 UTC on October 12, 2017. Current estimates suggest it should peak around mag +12.8 at closest approach and be...

October 11, 2017

france fireball october 5 2017

Very bright fireball streaks over western France

A very bright fireball streaked across the night sky over western France at 03:36 UTC (05:36 local time) on October 5, 2017 and was recorded by REFORME's all-sky camera. It lasted between 3 and 7 seconds and was much brighter than the Moon. REFORME is asking all...

October 06, 2017

china fireball october 4 2017

Major fireball explodes over Shangri-La, China, meteorites very likely

A major fireball was observed and recorded over southwest China at 12:07 UTC (20:07 local time) on October 4, 2017. The event lasted more than 10 seconds before the object disintegrated in a very bright flash. It was followed by a sonic boom. According to witness...

October 05, 2017

night sky guide 2017 october

Night sky guide for October 2017

October 2017 has two meteor showers, one minor - Draconids, on October 8, and one major - Orionids, on October 21 and 22. Draconids will be mostly blocked by the nearly full moon, but Orionids will present an interesting opportunity as the crescent Moon will set...

October 01, 2017

asteroid 2017 sx17

Asteroid 2017 SX17 to flyby Earth at 0.23 LD on October 2

A small asteroid designated 2017 SX17 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.23 LD (~ 88 320 km / 54 879 miles) on October 2, 2017. This is the 36th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year, according to data available at CNEOS on October...

September 29, 2017

global aurora mars september 2017

Large solar storm sparks global aurora and doubles radiation levels on Martian surface

When charged particles from a solar storm reached Mars this month, they set off an aurora 25 times brighter and surface level radiation readings twice as high as any previous measurements. An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by...

September 29, 2017

asteroid 2017 su17

Asteroid 2017 SU17 flew past Earth at 0.72 LD, two days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SU17 flew past Earth at 0.72 LD (~ 276 480 km / 171 796 miles) at 08:12 UTC on September 24, 2017. This is now the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD on September 24, and the 34th since the start of the year,...

September 29, 2017

kreutz sungrazing comet september 27 2017

New, bright Kreutz sungrazing comet plunges into Sun

A new, bright Kreutz 'sungrazing' comet was discovered on September 26, 2017. The comet appeared in SOHO LASCO C3 imagery around 03:06 UTC on September 26 and finished its journey around 09:00 UTC on September 27. It was recorded by both LASCO C3 and C2...

September 29, 2017

comet k2 2017

Comet K2 'The Record-Breaker' - farthest active inbound comet ever seen

Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of 2.4 billion km (1.5 billion miles) from the Sun (beyond Saturn's orbit). The comet is record-breaking because it is already becoming active under the...

September 29, 2017

saturn nebula

The strange structures of the Saturn Nebula

The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues. This colorful image was captured by the powerful MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope...

September 28, 2017

fireball arizona september 2017

Brilliant fireball over Arizona, sonic boom picked up by a seismometer

A brilliant fireball streaked through the night sky over southern Arizona, US around 03:32 UTC on September 24, 2017 (20:32 MDT, September 23). The event lasted about 12 seconds and produced a sonic boom picked up by a seismometer near Tucson. The American Meteor...

September 27, 2017

asteroid 2017 ss12

Asteroid 2017 SS12 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD, one day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SS12 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD (~ 257 280 km / 159 866 miles) at 15:33 UTC on September 24, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 33rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of...

September 26, 2017

osiris rex captured on september 20 2017 photo

OSIRIS-REx slingshots past Earth toward Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday, September 22, 2017 to slingshot itself on a path toward the Asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. The spacecraft came within 17 237 km (10 711...

September 24, 2017

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Bright fireball over the Netherlands, over 310 reports to IMO

A bright fireball was observed and filmed over Amsterdam, Netherlands at 19:00 UTC (21:00 CET) on September 21, 2017. The event lasted more than 5 seconds, flaring several times before disappearing. While the fireball was primarily seen from Amsterdam, users...

September 22, 2017

asteroid 2017 sr2

Asteroid 2017 SR2 to flyby Earth at 0.24 LD on September 20, second of the day

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SR2 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.24 LD (~92 160 km / 57 265 miles) at 20:29 UTC on September 20, 2017. This is the second known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth at a distance of 1 LD today, the third...

September 20, 2017

asteroid 2017 sm2

Asteroid 2017 SM2 flew past Earth at 0.81 LD on September 20

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SM2 flew past Earth at 0.81 LD (~311 040 km / 193 271 miles) on September 20, 2017. This is the 30th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year and the second within the past 7 days, according to...

September 20, 2017