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asteroid 2017 ur2

Asteroid 2017 UR2 flew past Earth at 0.83 LD, 2 days after discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 UR2 flew past Earth at 0.83 LD / 0.00213 AU (~318 643 km / 197 995 miles) on October 17, 2017, two days after it was discovered. This is the 41st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

October 22, 2017

asteroid 2017 uj2

Asteroid 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at 0.05 LD, second closest of the year

A small asteroid designated 2017 UJ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.05 LD or 0.00012 AU (~17 951 km / 11 154 miles) from the center of Earth on October 20, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1...

October 22, 2017

9comet 41p Tuttle Giacobini Kresak

Spinning comet rapidly slowed down during close approach to Earth

Astronomers at Lowell Observatory observed comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak last spring and noticed that the speed of its rotation was quickly slowing down. A research team led by David Schleicher studied the comet while it was closer to the Earth than it has ever...

October 19, 2017

sri lanka fireball october 18 2017 heatmap

Bright fireball, sonic boom reported over Sri Lanka

A bright fireball accompanied by a sonic boom was reported streaking through the night sky over Sri Lanka around 15:30 UTC (21:00 local time) on October 18, 2017. Numerous people from the Southern Province of the country reported loud explosion associated with the...

October 19, 2017

new york fireball october 18 2017

Bright daylight meteor recorded over Long Island, New York

A bright daylight meteor was observed and recorded disintegrating over Long Island, New York at around 19:00 UTC (15:00 EDT) on October 18, 2017. The event reportedly lasted from 3.5 to 7.5 seconds. One user reported seeing it for about 20 seconds. Although the...

October 19, 2017

asteroid 2017 td6

Asteroid 2017 TD6 to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on October 19, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TD6 will flyby Earth at 0.5 LD (~192 999 km / 119 303 miles) at 18:56 UTC on October 19, 2017. This is the 39th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. This asteroid belongs to...

October 18, 2017

asteroid 2017 fu

Asteroid 2017 UF discovered a day after 0.99 LD Earth flyby

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 UF flew past Earth at 0.99 LD (~380 160 km / 236 220 miles) on October 15, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

October 18, 2017

russian sl 4 rocked body reentry middle east october 16 2017

Impressive reentry of Russian SL-4 rocket body over Dubai, UAE

An atmospheric reentry of a Russian SL-4 rocket body created a spectacular show over the Middle Eastern countries late Monday, October 16, 2017, witnessed and recorded by numerous people. The event lasted more than 55 seconds and was visible from Iraq, Bahrain, UAE...

October 16, 2017

ngc 4993 showing merging neutron star pair

ESO: Merging neutron stars scatter gold and platinum into space

ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind...

October 16, 2017

asteroid 2017 th5

Asteroid 2017 TH5 to flyby Earth at 0.26 LD on October 16, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TH5 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.26 LD (~99 840 km / 62 073 miles) from the surface of our planet at 17:15 UTC on October 16, 2017. This asteroid, first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on October 15, 2017,...

October 16, 2017

asteroid 2017 tf5

Asteroid 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, 4 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD (~280 320 km / 174 182 miles) at 07:40 UTC on October 10, 2017, 4 days before it was discovered. This is the 36th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

October 16, 2017

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 34th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year. Asteroid 2017 SX17 belongs to the Apollo group of...

September 29, 2017