Space

geomagnetic storm

Plasma space tornadoes let high-energy particles into near-Earth space

Researchers using NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) discovered tornado-like swirls of plasma create a magnetosphere tumultuous enough to let harmful high-energy particles from the Sun slip into near-Earth space. The discovery is important for...

November 23, 2017

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Bright fireball streaks through the night sky over Japan

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Japan around 12:30 UTC (21:30 JST) on November 21, 2017. The object was visible for a few seconds before it disintegrated in a bright flash. The event was witnessed by people from both east and west coast of...

November 22, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 WW1 to flyby Earth at a distance of 0.37 LD

A small asteroid designated 2017 WW1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.37 LD / 0.00094 AU (~140 621 km / 87 378 miles) at 19:18 UTC on November 21, 2017. This is 50th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2017 WW1 was...

November 21, 2017

solar flare pulse

NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth

When our Sun erupts with giant explosions—such as bursts of radiation called solar flares—we know they can affect space throughout the solar system as well as near Earth. But monitoring their effects requires having observatories in many places with many...

November 20, 2017

shift in ozone trends

Three decades of measurements show ozone's ups and downs

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery after international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth’s atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas...

November 20, 2017

a supernova

Astronomers discover a star that just keeps shining

An international team of astronomers led by Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) has made a bizarre discovery; a star that just keeps shining. Supernovae, the explosions of stars, have been observed in the thousands and in all cases they marked the death of a star. But in...

November 19, 2017

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Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered

A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO’s unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be...

November 19, 2017

leonids wannabe

Major meteor shower: Leonids peak this weekend

The Leonid meteor shower is a major meteor shower (Class I), running annually from November 5 to December 3. This year, it will reach its maximum rate of activity on the night of November 17 and the morning of November 18. The maximum rate of meteors expected to be...

November 17, 2017

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Astronomers discover new type of cosmic explosion

An international team of astronomers, including a University of Southampton expert, has discovered a new type of explosion in a distant galaxy. The explosion, called PS1-10adi, seems to prefer active galaxies that house supermassive black holes consuming the gas and...

November 16, 2017

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Very bright fireball explodes over northern Finland, sonic boom reported

A very bright fireball exploded over Lapland, northern Finland at 16:40 UTC (18:40 EET) on November 16, 2017. The event lasted between 5 and 10 seconds and was seen across northern Finland, especially Nellim, Solojärvi and Ivalo, and from northern Norway. This...

November 16, 2017

asteroid 2017 vf14

Asteroid 2017 VF14 flew past Earth on November 13 at 0.80 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VF14 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD / 0.00205 AU (~ 306 675 km / 190 559 miles) on November 13, 2017, two days after it was discovered. This is the 49th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of...

November 16, 2017

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Bright fireball over Ohio, 43 reports received

A bright fireball was seen streaking through the sky over Ohio, United States at 01:49 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:49 EST, November 14). This is the third of four major fireball events within 10 hours, according to the International Meteor Organization (IMO). The...

November 15, 2017

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Bright fireball over western France, 70 reports received

A bright fireball entered Earth's atmosphere over the city of Bordeaux, western France at 21:32 UTC (22:32 CET) on November 14, 2017, as the second major fireball event within 5 hours. It lasted up to 3 seconds. The International Meteor Organization (IMO)...

November 15, 2017

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Very bright fireball explodes over Arizona, 4th major fireball within 10 hours

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Arizona at around 03:29 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:29 MST, November 14). The event lasted up to 7 seconds and does not appear as a good candidate for the Taurid Meteor Shower. This is the 4th major...

November 15, 2017

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Sonic boom heard and felt across North Alabama

A sonic boom was heard and felt across North Alabama shortly after 13:40 CST (19:40 UTC) on November 14, 2017. At this time, there is still no official explanation. Numerous Alabamians, primarily from Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay,...

November 14, 2017

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Huge fireball over western Germany, 1 794 reports

A huge fireball has been observed streaking across the sky over western Germany at 16:48 UTC (17:48 CET) on November 14, 2017. The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds, according to eyewitness reports. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 1 794...

November 14, 2017

asteroid 2017 vl2

Asteroid 2017 VL2 flew past Earth at 0.31 LD, a day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VL2 flew past Earth at 0.31 LD / 0.00079 AU (~118 182 km / 73 435 miles) on November 9, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

November 14, 2017