Space

Cassini's new mission shows Saturn in a different light

The Cassini spacecraft has sent the first images of Saturn's atmosphere since the start of its new mission phase. The images reveal the planet's northern hemisphere as well as its unique hexagon jet stream. The newest phase of the NASA's Cassini...

December 07, 2016

Siberian meteor up to 15 meters in diameter

The meteor that exploded over Siberia on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, could be up to 10 - 15 meters (33 - 50 feet) in diameter, Russian News Agency quoted a leading Russian space scientist. "Obviously, the meteorite wasn’t big. Judging by the fact that it...

December 07, 2016

Meteor explodes over Siberia, turns night into day

A very bright meteor exploded above the Republic of Khakassia, Siberia, Russia at 11:35 UTC (18:35 local time) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, briefly turning night into day. The event was seen for about three to four seconds and was followed by a sonic boom....

December 06, 2016

Bright Sigma Hydrid fireball burns over central Wales, UK

A meteor significantly brighter than Venus, and bright enough to be called a fireball, entered Earth's atmosphere above the United Kingdom at 02:23 UTC on December 5, 2016. The United Kingdom Meteor Observation Network (UKMON) reports the meteoroid was just a...

December 06, 2016

Night sky guide for December 2016

The last of three supermoons for this year will occur on December 14. Over the nights following December 14, the Moon will rise around an hour later each day, becoming prominent later in the night. Within a few days, it will only be visible in the pre-dawn and...

December 01, 2016

Water on asteroid Psyche baffles astronomers

Scientists today are expressing their astonishment over the detection of water-deposits on an asteroid that is thought to be pure metal. The asteroid is called 16 Psyche, and it’s believed to be on of the ten most-massive asteroids in the asteroid belt. Psyche...

November 30, 2016

4.8 km wide asteroid to flyby Earth at 57.2 LD

A 4.8 km (2.98 miles) wide asteroid named 5143 Heracles will make a close approach to Earth on November 28, 2016, passing 57.2 LD (21.9 million km / 13.6 million miles) from the surface. Heracles will safely flyby our planet at 23:29 UTC at a relative velocity of...

November 26, 2016

Basketball-sized meteorite hits a house in Indonesia

According to local media reports, a basketball-sized meteorite hit a house in Bengkulu City, Sungai Serut District of Indonesia on Thursday, November 24, 2016. The owner of the house said he was having a casual conversation with his friend when suddenly they heard a...

November 25, 2016

Small asteroid to flyby Earth at 0.3 LD on November 25, 2016

A small asteroid named 2016 WW2 will make a close approach to our planet at 0.33 LD (126 720 km / 78 740 miles) from the surface on November 25, 2016. 2016 WW2 is Apollo-class asteroid with an estimated size of 4.2 - 9.4 m (13.7 - 30.8 feet), discovered by Mt....

November 24, 2016

Astronomy Ireland reports large fireball, asks photos

According to Astronomy Ireland, a large fireball was seen streaking across the sky above Ireland around 17:15 UTC on November 23, 2016, creating sparks, a smoke trail and a bright flash said to be more intense than the full moon. As of 17:00 UTC today, there is only...

November 24, 2016

40 tons of cosmic dust enters Earth's atmosphere every day

New experiments, carried by the EU scientists, managed to estimate how much cosmic dust enters Earth's atmosphere for the first time. The dust particles impact our atmosphere causing a wide range of phenomena, and further research hopes to address them. Dust...

November 23, 2016

Bright meteor explodes over the Gulf of Mexico

A bright meteor swept through the night sky above the Gulf of Mexico around 04:19 UTC on November 22, 2016 and exploded about 24 km (15 miles) from the surface, creating a spectacular show. The event was seen from Florida to Alabama and Georgia, and as far away as...

November 23, 2016

Small asteroid flew past Earth at 0.5 LD

A small asteroid named 2016 WT made a close approach to Earth at 06:54 UTC on November 17, 2016 at just 0.49 LD (188 160 km / 116 917 miles) from the surface of the planet. This is an Apollo class asteroid with an estimated size of 2 - 5 m (6.5 - 16.4 feet). It flew...

November 22, 2016

Very bright fireball over the Mediterranean Sea

This amazing fireball overflew the Mediterranean Sea on November 18, 2016 at 22:31 UTC and was recorded by the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto and La Sagra, Spain (SMART Project). On the following day, a bright daylight meteor was recorded from Sevilla....

November 22, 2016

Ice accumulations tilt Pluto and rearrange its surface

New research suggests the Sputnik Planitia basin on Pluto may have assumed its current location because of the change in the spin of the dwarf planet. The Sputnik Planitia is a 1 000 km (621.4 miles) wide basin situated in the heart-shaped region of the Pluto's...

November 18, 2016

Bright fireball observed over Spain

A very bright fireball swept across the sky over southern Spain at 02:55 UTC on November 15, 2016, and was captured by several meteor observing cameras. The event took place during the Supermoon. The bolide was a part of the Taurid meteor shower and was a remnant...

November 15, 2016

UAE meteor detecting stations now in operation

Three stations for detecting meteors in the United Arab Emirates are now operational, the UAE Space Agency announced on November 13, 2016. A network of cameras has been established to contribute to the monitoring of meteor showers and discover the potential new...

November 15, 2016