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night sky guide april 2020

Night Sky Guide for April 2020

April 1 - Moon at First Quarter - 10:21 UTC. The Moon will be prominent in the evening sky. At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, it appears almost exactly half illuminated. April 2 - M104 well placed for observation. The sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will...

April 01, 2020

uranus voyager 2 reeseach march 27 2020

Voyager 2 data from 34 years ago reveal one more secret about Uranus

Scientists reinspecting 34-year-old data from NASA's Voyager 2 have discovered one more secret about Uranus-- something appears to have been pulling the ice-cold planet's atmosphere out into space. On January 24, 2986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew within 81...

March 29, 2020

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Approaching comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) rapidly brightening-- may be visible to naked eye soon

A newly-discovered comet named C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is now crossing the orbit of Mars as it makes its way toward the Sun. The object has been brightening so rapidly since its discovery on December 28, 2019, that some astronomers believe it will be visible to the naked...

March 26, 2020

asteroid 2020 fj4

Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 FJ4 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD on March 25

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 FJ4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.67 LD / 0.00172 AU (257 308 km / 159 883 miles) at 13:43 UTC on March 25, 2020. This is the 24th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year, including 2020 FG4 on March...

March 25, 2020

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Bright fireball over Belgium, meteorites possible

A bright fireball exploded over Belgium at 02:04 UTC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 6 reports from eyewitnesses including those in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany. According to IMO, the meteoroid entered...

March 24, 2020

asteroid 2020 fl2

Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 FL2 flew past Earth at 0.38 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 FL2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.38 LD / 0.00099 AU (148 101 km / 92 026 miles) on March 22, 2020. This is the 22nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 3rd this...

March 23, 2020

asteroid 2020 fd

Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 FD to flyby Earth at 0.67 LD on March 18

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 FD will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.68 LD / 0.00171 AU (255 812 km / 158 954 miles) at 04:05 UTC on March 18, 2020. This is the 20th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

March 17, 2020

planets march 14 2020

Nearly 140 new minor planets discovered in the outer solar system

Researchers identified almost 140 new minor planets in the outer solar system after searching through information collected by the Dark Energy Survey (DES)-- a project investigating the dynamics of the expansion of the universe through mapping the southern sky. DES...

March 15, 2020

brown star concept march 11 2020

Astronomers accidentally discover rare eclipse of two brown dwarfs

An international team of astronomers searching for potentially habitable alien planets made an accidental discovery of two brown dwarfs eclipsing each other. The astronomers were working on a project called the Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars...

March 11, 2020

earth and moon march 12 2020

Study reveals Earth and Moon aren't made of same stuff, challenging prevailing theory of how the Moon formed

A new study conducted by scientists at the University of New Mexico (UNM) revealed that the Earth and Moon have different oxygen isotopes compositions and are therefore not identical in oxygen as previously believed. Researchers said the findings challenge present...

March 11, 2020

new type of pulsating star

Amateur astronomers discover new type of rare, pulsating star

An unusual tear-drop shaped star that only pulsates on one side has been discovered by amateur astronomers, who saw the anomaly in data taken by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). It is reportedly the first of its kind, and scientists are...

March 09, 2020

abu hureyra location

Researchers find more evidence of catastrophic cosmic impact 12 800 years ago

A group of researchers discovered more evidence of a catastrophic cosmic impact around 12 800 years ago that possibly caused the total destruction of Abu Hureyra in Syria. The site is believed to be one of the first towns on Earth where hunter-gatherers and nomads...

March 09, 2020

asteroid 2020 dr4

Asteroid 2020 DR4 flew past Earth at 0.24 lunar distances

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 DR4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.24 LD / 0.00062 AU (92 750 km / 57 632 miles) on February 25, 2020. This is the 19th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. Aten-class...

March 09, 2020

satellite constellation affects space observations march 6 2020

ESO study looks into impact of mega satellite constellations on space observations

A new study commissioned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) evaluated the effects of mega-constellations on astronomical observations and scientific research as astronomers recently expressed concerns over its impact. The research considered a total of 18...

March 08, 2020

MARS panorama march 4 2020

Curiosity rover captures highest-definition Mars panorama featuring 1.8 billion pixels

NASA's Curiosity rover has snapped its largest and highest-resolution panorama ever, which features an astonishing 1.8 billion pixel view of Glen Torridon-- a region on the flanks of Mars' Mount Sharp. The stunning image is a composite of more than 1 000...

March 08, 2020

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First detailed images reveal violent history of asteroid 2 Pallas

Researchers reporting in Nature Astronomy revealed first detailed images of asteroid 2 Pallas, including its heavily cratered surface. Pallas has a diameter of about 513 km (318 miles), which is roughly 15 percent of the moon's diameter. It is the third-largest...

March 07, 2020

Ghaziabad meteorite impact march 2020

Meteorite reportedly hits ground near a railway station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

A meteorite has reportedly fallen near a Sahibabad railway station in the city of Ghaziabad, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 5, 2020. According to local media reports, the event took place during heavy rains. A loud thunder-like sound was heard before the...

March 07, 2020