Watch the Moon LIVE!

Watch the Moon LIVE!

LIVE FROM THE MOON As the Moon waxes full this weekend, AstronomyLive.com is broadcasting live views of lunar terrain from telescopes in Europe and North America. Tune in for a lunar tour, or become a broadcaster yourself!AstronomyLive!Dutch Observatory E-Cosmos

WISE preliminary data release – 57% of the sky

WISE preliminary data release – 57% of the sky

Finally, WISE team has released a data from its sky-mapping mission representing 57 percent of the sky as seen by WISE. This preliminary release will allow astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts worldwide to explore the sky as seen by WISE. It will also allow the WISE te

Asteroid 2011 GP59 – Close Earth-Moon Flyby

Asteroid 2011 GP59 – Close Earth-Moon Flyby

Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 GP59 is flying past Earth today, April 15th, not far beyond the orbit of the Moon (1.4 LD). There’s no danger of a collision, but the 50-meter space rock is remarkable: It is elongated and spinning once every 7.5 minutes. This causes

Comet Elenin continues to increase in size

Comet Elenin continues to increase in size

April 8th at our observatory we carried out planned observations of Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin). An analysis of the results of the observations shows a rapid growth of the coma. Besides the internal compact gas envelope, the forming rarified external coma is

Huge asteroid 2005 YU55 to pass near Earth in November

Huge asteroid 2005 YU55 to pass near Earth in November

Mark your calendars for an impressive and upcoming flyby of an asteroid (2005 YU55) that’s one of the larger potentially perilous space rocks in the heavens – in terms of smacking the Earth in the future.It’s the case of asteroid 2005 YU55, a round mini-world

A long-lived horseshoe companion to the Earth

A long-lived horseshoe companion to the Earth

There are plenty of near-Earth asteroids out there, but this latest one studied by two researchers at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland is extremely rare in that it has a weird, horseshoe-shaped orbit. Not that Asteroid 2010 SO16 does an about-face and turns

Two asteroids to make close pass near Earth

Two asteroids to make close pass near Earth

It's notable when an asteroid flies past Earth closer than the Moon. Today, April 6th, two asteroids will do this.Newly-discovered space rocks 2011 GW9 and 2011 GP28 will zip through the Earth-Moon system at Earth-distances of 77,000 km and 192,000 km, respectively.

Is Vesta an ordinary asteroid or something much more interesting?

Is Vesta an ordinary asteroid or something much more interesting?

On March 29, 1807, German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers spotted Vesta as a pinprick of light in the sky. Two hundred and four years later, as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft prepares to begin orbiting this intriguing world, scientists now know how special this world is,

Meteor boom shakes New Zealand

Meteor boom shakes New Zealand

A meteor’s million-year journey through the solar system ended in the skies above New Zealand, casting a bright blue light and creating a sonic boom that was heard in Raglan.The lights caused by the meteor’s entry into the earth’s atmosphere about 11pm on Monday