Near-Earth Objects

Near-Earth asteroid 2014 UR116 represents no impact threat to our planet

A recently discovered Near-Earth Asteroid designated "2014 UR116" does not represent an impact threat to our planet, as some media reports claim, NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office said in a press release yesterday. "While this approximately 400-

December 09, 2014

Newly released map shows frequency of small asteroid impacts

A map released yesterday by NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Observation Program reveals that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in the Earth's atmosphere with random distribution around the globe. Released to the scientific community, the map visua

November 15, 2014

Siding Spring's flyby effects on Martian atmosphere revealed

Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on October 19, 2014 have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosph

November 07, 2014

Spacecraft status and observation reports after close encounter with Comet Siding Spring

Comet Siding Spring hurtled past Mars at about 56 km/s only 139 000 km away from its surface at 18:27 UTC on October 19, 2014. The period when dust from the comet was most likely to reach Mars and the orbits of spacecraft around Mars peaked about 100 minutes later. Acco

October 20, 2014

Observing Comet Siding Spring flyby Mars - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Comet Siding Spring will make its historic approach to Mars around 18:27 UTC on Sunday, October 19, 2014, and pass within 139 500 km (88 000 miles) away from planet's surface. That is less than half the distance between Earth and its moon and less than one-tenth

October 17, 2014

Space fleet ready for Siding Spring's historic brush with Mars

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is scheduled for a very close flyby at only about 139 500 km (88 000 miles) away from the surface of Mars on October 19, 2014 around 18:27 UTC. That is less than half the distance between Earth and its moon and less than one-tenth the distance

October 10, 2014

MAVEN arrives to Mars one month before Comet Siding Spring

At 02:24 UTC today NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached planet Mars and entered its orbit. MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. It is expected to begin its primary mission in a

September 22, 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

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

Colliding atmospheres - Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

It's a known fact that planets have atmospheres, but the same can't be said for comets. The atmosphere of a comet, called its "coma," is made of gas and dust that spew out of the sun-warmed nucleus and it's typically wider than Jupiter.La

August 13, 2014

Mars spacecraft preparing for Comet Siding Spring's close flyby

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on October 19, 2014, NASA and ESA are both taking steps to protect their Mars orbiters, while still preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data. Six days after p

July 26, 2014

Comet ISON's dramatic final hours - new analysis

A new analysis of data from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft has revealed that comet 2012/S1 (ISON) stopped producing dust and gas shortly before it raced past the Sun and disintegrated.When comet ISON was discovered in the autumn of 201

July 16, 2014

Swift calculates water production of Mars-bound comet Siding Spring

In late May, NASA's Swift satellite imaged comet Siding Spring, which will brush astonishingly close to Mars on October 19, 2014. These optical and ultraviolet observations are the first to reveal how rapidly the comet is producing water and allow astronomers to

June 20, 2014

Watch near-Earth asteroid 2014 HQ124 - "The Beast" fly-by Earth live

A newly discovered near-Earth asteroid "2014 HQ124" now dubbed "The Beast" will make its closest approach to the Earth on June 8, 2014. Just before 06:00 UTC "The Beast" will fly-by our planet at a close but safe distance of 0.008

June 05, 2014

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS becomes an easy target for mid-sized backyard telescopes

A hyperbolic comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS will make its closest approach to the Sun on August 27, 2014. On that day, it will approach the Sun at the distance of 1.05 AU (157 million km, 98 million miles) and buzz Earth'

June 05, 2014

Hubble spots Mars-bound comet Siding Spring sprout multiple jets

NASA released a new image of a comet C/2013 A1 - Siding Spring today. With relative speed of 56 km/s this comet will pass extraordinarily close to Mars on October 19, 2014. It is expected to fly by Mars within 135 185 km (84 000 miles), which

March 27, 2014

Watch asteroid 2014 DX110 safely fly by Earth on March 5, 2014

Newly discovered Apollo class asteroid named 2014 DX110 will safely fly by Earth on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at around 21:07 UTC. The estimated size of this asteroid is 30 meters (98 feet) and it will fly by at a minimum distance of less than 350 000 km (217

March 04, 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

Comet ISON mysteries continue - Space News from Electric Universe

In November 2013, skywatchers around the world eagerly awaited the approach of Comet ISON. Dubbed the "Comet of the Century" by several in the media, some astronomers had predicted a stupendous cometary display as Comet ISON approached its perihelion. The

December 08, 2013

Newly discovered Comet Lovejoy visible by naked eye in northern hemisphere - images

The past few weeks have been an unusually active time for comet watchers as four comets were visible simultaneously with binoculars: ISON, Lovejoy, Encke, and LINEAR. Although less known than ISON, newly discovered

December 08, 2013

It's alive!

Just as we all accepted that the Comet ISON has most likely disintegrated under the high heat and gravitational stress of the Sun, amazing sungrazer came ALIVE, gaining more brightness. Thousands watched ISON's journey through the solar system and its unusual

November 29, 2013

Comet ISON vs The Sun - Updates

​Latest updates: December 2, 2013 13:45 UTC Comet ISON's November adventures video by Sun Whisperers 13:43 UTC Latest CIOC update: In Memoriam: "...Never one to follow convention, ISON lived a dynamic and unpredictable life,

November 28, 2013

“Synthetic tracking” set to revolutionise near-Earth asteroid discovery

Near Earth Objects represent a clear and present danger to the people of Earth. The Tunguska event over Eastern Siberia in 1908 is a good example of the kind of destruction that a relatively small object can produce. That was a lucky escape given that the

November 28, 2013

Watch Comet ISON live - Solar observatories schedule

On November 28, 2013 at 18:44 UTC Comet ISON will reach its perihelion and fly by about 1.2 million km (730 000 miles) above the solar surface​. Since space-based solar observatories will be recording its passage just follow the links and timetable below for

November 27, 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

Dramatic fading of ISON's molecular emission lines

The team at IRAM millimeter telescope, Spain, reported today that they see consistent rapid fading of ISON's molecular emission lines. The fading was recorded between November 21 and 25 by at least a factor of 20

November 25, 2013

Space-based solar observatories ready for Comet ISON

Comet ISON will pass through the Sun's atmosphere at just about 1.2 million km (730 000 miles) above the solar surface on November 28, 2013 at 18:44 UTC. It is now entering the fields of view of space-based solar observatories and will be viewed first

November 25, 2013

Comet ISON entered STEREO Ahead HI1 field of view

Comet ISON entered STEREO Ahead HI1 field of view. First image was taken at 21:34 UTC on November 20, 2013. Both STEREO spacecraft will have a view of the comet in the COR1 and COR2 coronagraphs in the hours around closest approach on November 28. You can examine

November 21, 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

Comet ISON outbursts - could become easy naked-eye object by the end of the week

Observers around the world are reporting that Comet ISON brightened sharply last night and is now at the threshold of naked-eye visibility. By some reports, ISON surged in brightness by approximately 2 magnitudes over last 24 hours and is now brighter than

November 14, 2013

Comet ISON developed double tail

Comet ISON is every day more and more closer to the Sun, and with every new day it reveals more new details. More astronomers report clearly visible double tail feature. Primary ion gas tail developed a dust tail companion so now Comet ISON is double tail

November 12, 2013

Comet ISON is inside the orbit of Earth

Comet ISON has almost completed its journey from the Oort Cloud to Sun's photosphere and is now inside the orbit of Earth. On November 28, 2013 Comet ISON will fly only 1 million kilometers (2.7 solar radii) above Sun's surface,

November 09, 2013

Comet ISON expected to survive close Sun encounter

New studies released at the American Astronomical Society’s 45th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Denver, Colorado suggests that Comet ISON could make it through its close perihelion passage near the Sun. Researchers Matthew Knight

October 11, 2013

Approaching Comet C/2012 S1 "ISON"

November 28, 2013 T -0 D-day! Comet ISON vs The Sun Most of you have already seen latest ISON images from SOHO's LASCO and are sharing this unique experience with the rest of the world. If you are not in the train yet... we are all watching ISON via

September 17, 2013