Comets and asteroids

Preliminary map of Rosetta's target - comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The preliminary map of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and new high resolution images from OSIRIS instrument were released at special session at EPSC yesterday. This is the first time a cometary surface was seen in such detail. In some of the images, one pixel correspon

September 09, 2014

Binary asteroid 2002 CE26 to safely flyby Earth on September 9, 2014

Asteroid 2014 RC flew past Earth yesterday and left a warning sign in Nicaragua's capital Managua but there is another and bigger asteroid approaching our planet.Discovered on February 10, 2002, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (L

September 08, 2014

Meteorite hits Nicaragua's capital, leaves 12-meter wide crater

A meteorite hit Nicaragua's capital Managua around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, September 7, and left a 12-meter wide crater in a wooded area near the city's airport. The meteorite impact was accompanied by a loud boom and a burning smell.

September 08, 2014

Asteroid 2014 RC to flyby through Earth-Moon system on September 7, 2014

Newly discovered 20-meters wide (60 feet) asteroid named 2014 RC will enter the Earth - Moon system on Sunday, September 7, 2014, and flyby just 40 000 km (25 000 miles / 0.1 LD) from Earth. That's almost inside the orbit of geosynchronous

September 05, 2014

Large fireball recorded over Campinas, Brazil

A large fireball was captured streaking across the skies of the city of Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil, at 22:07 UTC on Monday, September 1, 2014.The fireball was captured by stations in Campinas (OMCJN and WAS) and Mogi das Cruzes (MC4).Video credit: 

September 03, 2014

Supermoon vs Perseid meteors

During the second week of August, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year will face off against everyone's favorite meteor shower - Perseids - and the outcome could be beautiful.On August 10, 2014, just as the Perseids are set to peak, the Moon wil

July 29, 2014

Huge fireball caught on camera by a Devon observatory, UK

A huge fireball passed over the skies of the UK on June 30, 2014, and was captured by Norman Lockyer Observatory in Devon at 02:04 UTC.According to Dave Jones from the UK Meteor Observation Network (UKMON) this was the largest ever meteor captured at the observatory.It

July 02, 2014

Watch near-Earth asteroid 2014 KH39 close fly-by today

A 22 meters wide asteroid named "2014 KH39" will make a very close approach with the Earth on June 3, 2014, reaching a minimum distance of less than 440 000 km (1.14 lunar distances, 438 460 miles). The closest approach is expected at 20:07 UTC today.This is a

June 03, 2014

Citizen scientists took control of long forgotten International Cometary Explorer

A group of citizen scientists who raised almost $160,000 to fund the process of taking control of 36-year-old International Cometary Explorer (ICE), formerly known as International Sun/Earth explorer 3 (ISEE-3), announced that after 16 years of silence tw

May 30, 2014

Chelyabinsk meteorite parent body collided with asteroid before hitting Earth

Several fragments of Chelyabinsk meteorite found in Russia last year show a clear evidence for an intense impact event to its parent body. This impact might have separated Chelyabinsk asteroid and point it in our direction.On February 15, 2013,

May 22, 2014

Earth and Moon to pass through Comet LINEAR's dust trail on May 24th - LIVE

Astronomers are excited about a new meteor shower that could put on a spectacular show on the night of May 24 when Earth and Moon pass through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in its past orbits. This meteor shower is new and no one is sure h

May 22, 2014

Three significant fireballs over the weekend

American Meteor Society (AMS) said three significant fireballs were observed over the weekend. A large fireball with numerous sonic booms fell over Arkansas on Friday night, May 2nd. Another bright fireball was seen over North Carolina Saturday night

May 06, 2014

New meteor shower and possible meteor storm on May 24th

On the night of May 24 Earth will possibly pass through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in its past orbits. If this happens we might see a brief but intense burst of meteor activity. No one has ever seen it before and although nothing is certain at th

May 06, 2014

First image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has captured the first image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars. The night-sky image actually includes two asteroids: Ceres and Vesta, plus one of Mars' two moons, Deimos, which may have been an

May 01, 2014

New surprising data: 26 multi-kiloton asteroid impacts detected since 2001

At a press conference held today at the Seattle Museum of Flight, three prominent astronauts supporting the B612 Foundation presented a visualization of new data showing the surprising frequency at which the Earth is hit by asteroids. The astronauts were guests of

April 22, 2014

ESO announces discovery of first ring system around asteroid

Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO’s La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the

March 27, 2014

Asteroid 2003 QQ47 to safely fly by Earth on March 26, 2014

Asteroid 2003 QQ47 received quite a bit of media attention back in 2003 when it was discovered because it was said that it had a small chance of colliding with our planet in the year 2014. It was rated a "1" on the Torino impact hazard scale of 1

March 18, 2014

Attention coders: $35,000 contest to develop improved algorithms for detection of asteroids

NASA's Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The first contest in the series will kick off on March

March 13, 2014

Fireballs explode over New Mexico and Canada, sonic booms reported

A significant fireball exploded over central New Mexico at 07:29 UTC on March 6, 2014. According to Thomas Ashcraft, who caught it on his fireball camera, it was brighter than the full Moon and it shook houses from its sonic boom. Ashcraft operates a fireball

March 07, 2014

Asteroid '2000 EM26' on close approach tonight

An asteroid with estimated size of 120 - 270 m will make a relatively close approach to our planet on February 18, 2014. The asteroid, named "2000 EM26", will fly by us at the nominal distance of 0.022 AU (3.21 million km / 8.8 lunar distances) with

February 17, 2014

Asteroid diversity points to a "snow globe" solar system

Our solar system seems like a neat and orderly place, with small, rocky worlds near the Sun and big, gaseous worlds farther out, all eight planets following orbital paths unchanged since they formed. However, the true history of the solar system is more riotous.

January 31, 2014

Comet Siding Spring set for a close encounter with Mars - epic meteor shower expected

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is a long-period comet set for a very close encounter with Mars later this year. Although early estimates of its orbit showed a good possibility of impact, latest observations suggest a near miss and raise great concern for Mars

January 28, 2014

Newly discovered asteroid "2014 AA" burned up over the Atlantic

Newly discovered asteroid "2014 AA", approximately 2 - 4 meters in diameter, burned in our atmosphere around 05:00 UTC today. JPL's Steve Chesley noted that impact locations are widely distributed, most likely falling on an

January 02, 2014

Geminid meteor shower underway

NASA's network of all-sky meteor cameras reported 23 Geminid fireballs over the United States today. This sharp uptick in activity signals the official beginning of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower. For the next 3 to 4 days, Earth will continue to pass

December 12, 2013

Andromedid meteor outburst in progress

The Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) is detecting an outburst of Andromedid meteors today. "Meteor rates last night were near 20 per hour (ZHR)," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "The shower could increase in

December 08, 2013

Geminid meteor shower peaks around December 13/14, 2013

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. This year's meteor shower peak is expected around December 13/14. Visual meteor rates are still low, but first meteorids will start appear in

December 06, 2013

Comet ISON - Timeline of events and best images since its discovery

November 30, 2013 ISON is fading and exiting LASCO C3 view. 08:18 UTC Comet ISON on November 30, 2013 @ 08:18. Image credit: ESA/NASA SOHO 05:30 UTC Karl Battams (NRL/CIOC) wrote and update on ISON and embeded cool gifs from STEREO: In

November 26, 2013

Unique cosmic coincidence - comets Encke and ISON to fly by Mercury

Comet Encke will fly by Mercury within 0.025 AU (3.74 million km) on November 18, 2013 and only a day later, Comet ISON will pass it at 0.24 AU. This is a unique cosmic coincidence and NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, which is orbiting the planet,

November 15, 2013

Astronomers discovered asteroid spouting six comet-like tails

Astronomers have observed a unique and baffling object in asteroid belt with six comet like tails of dust radiating from it. While this object is on an asteroid-like orbit, it looks like a comet, and is sending out tails of dust into space. Unlike all other

November 08, 2013

Fireball meteor exploded 30 km above Sarajevo, Bosnia

Astronomic Society Sarajevo reported bright fireball bolid which entered the atmosphere with multiple explosions above Bosnian capital Sarajevo early on November 2, 2013. The body was recorded as magnitude -9 and was entering our atmosphere at speed of 20 km

November 03, 2013

Outbursting Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) shows jet-like structures in comet's expanding atmosphere

Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) is experiencing powerful outburst, brightening more than 100 times than two weeks ago. This comet is now located in the constellation Coma Berenices, almost 450 million km from Earth, and it is still a relatively easy target for

October 30, 2013

Sudden outburst of Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)

Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) suddenly brightened some 150 times than expected. Althoug it was predicted to be 14th magnitude, it is extremely bright as 8.5 magnitude now. Hidetaka Sato and Seiichi Yoshida measured it brightness on October 20, 2013 as magnitude 8,5. Ernesto

October 22, 2013

Annual Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight

It's time for annual Orionid meteor shower. The Orionid meteor shower is associated with Comet Halley's debris which strike Earth's atmosphere usually in late October. With Eta Aquarids in early May, Orionids are one of two annual meteor

October 21, 2013

Cometary collisions as source of life on Earth

Comets contain elements such as water, ammonia, methanol and carbon dioxide that could have supplied the raw materials, in which upon impact on early Earth would have yielded an abundant supply of energy to produce amino acids and jump start life. In a research that

October 20, 2013

Biggest chunk of Chelyabinsk meteorite found under Lake Chebarkul, Russia

Scientists and divers working at Lake Chebarkul in the Urals have recovered the biggest fragment of space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013. Since the object left a 6 m wide hole in the ice its location was

October 17, 2013