Space

Night sky guide for July 2016

July brings two meteor showers under relatively dark skies. Alpha Capricornids will reach their peak on July 26 with the maximum rate of around 5 per hour. A few days later, on July 29, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak with up to 20 meteors per hour. The...

July 01, 2016

New infrared images of Jupiter

Astronomers have used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to obtain spectacular new infrared images of Jupiter. They are part of a campaign to create high-resolution maps of the giant planet. A team led by Leigh Fletcher of the University of Leicester in the United...

June 29, 2016

Pieces of opal discovered in a meteorite found in Antarctica

Pieces of opal have been discovered in a meteorite found in Antarctica, a team of planetary scientists, led by Professor Hilary Downes of Birkbeck College London announced, at the National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham on June 27, 2016. The discovery demonstrates...

June 28, 2016

Meteorite hits a house in Thailand

According to the Bangkok Post, a mysterious rock, believed to be a meteorite, crashed through the roof of a house in Phitsanulok's Muang district on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. An initial investigation concluded the object could very likely be a meteorite. Nobody...

June 28, 2016

Next-generation space weather forecasts, DSCOVR ready to replace ACE on July 27

NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory - DSCOVR - has completed instrument validation after reaching the first sun-Earth Lagrange point (L1), approximately 1.6 million km (1 million miles) from Earth, and is ready to go operational on July 27, 2016, taking over...

June 24, 2016

New dark spot discovered on Neptune

A new dark spot, dark vortex in the atmosphere, has been discovered on Neptune and confirmed this month by the Hubble Space Telescope. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune in 1989 and by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, this...

June 23, 2016

Juno's arrival is getting closer

On the fourth of July, many Americans will be looking skyward in celebration of their nation’s independence. On the same date, NASA, and astronomers worldwide will also look skyward in celebration of another great achievement – Juno’s arrival to...

June 22, 2016

Electric fields around Venus stripped its atmosphere of water components

Scientists using data obtained by ESA's Venus Express have discovered a strong electric field around the planet Venus. Venus' electric field is at least 5 - 10 times stronger than Earth's and it seems it played a crucial part in removing water components...

June 20, 2016

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 HO3 is Earth's new quasi-satellite

Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii has discovered Earth's new quasi-satellite. Designated as 2016 HO3, this newly discovered near-Earth object has been our planet's constant companion for almost a century. The asteroid is too...

June 16, 2016

FRIPON, a network of 100 cameras, set to watch the skies in search for meteorites over France

A French research team announced the launch of the FRIPON (Fireball Recovery and Planetary Interobservation Network) project, an interconnected network of, at least, one hundred cameras in charge of watching the skies in search for meteorites. The cameras have been...

June 15, 2016

What experts are saying about asteroid mining

Look into the heavens at night. You see twinkling stars, maybe the crescent moon. What else is out there that we can’t see with the naked eye? Other planets and moons, comets, meteors, asteroids, miners… wait, what? Ok, there aren’t any miners in...

June 14, 2016

Meteor lights up early morning sky over Puget Sound, Washington

A bright meteor has lit up the early morning sky over Puget Sound, US state of Washington on June 10, 2016. The event happened around 11:35 UTC (04:35 local time) and was recorded by Darren Clayton. Clayton was on his way to work, coming from Lake Stevens and...

June 11, 2016

Juno spacecraft just a few weeks away from Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission, launched August 5, 2011, is now just a few weeks and about 17.8 million km (11.1 million miles) away from Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Its mission team is using these last weeks to evaluate and re-evaluate every portion...

June 10, 2016

Asteroid 2016 LT1 to pass extremely close to Earth (0.4 LD) on June 7, 2016

A newly discovered asteroid 2016 LT1 will pass extremely close to Earth, between the Moon and Earth, at 20:25 UTC on June 7, 2016. This is a small asteroid discovered on June 4 by the Panstarrs survey in Hawaii. Its estimated size is about 4.2 to 9.5 meters (13.7...

June 07, 2016

Daylight meteor captured over the Midwestern US

A daylight meteor was observed and recorded over the Midwestern US states around 16:41 UTC (11:41 CDT) on June 6, 2016. The event was seen from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. The American Meteor Society (AMS) said early Tuesday,...

June 07, 2016

Bright, slow moving meteor over Puerto Rico

A bright, slow moving meteor was observed over Puerto Rico about 01:06 UTC on June 3, 2016 (21:06 local time on June 2), the Caribbean Astronomical Society (SAC) reports. SAC said the meteor was moving from the northeast to the southeast and was visible from the...

June 03, 2016

Extremely bright fireball observed over Arizona, US

A bright fireball was observed and recorded over Phoenix, Arizona at around 10:57 UTC on June 2, 2016. The event was accompanied by a sonic boom, produced as the asteroid disintegrated in the atmosphere. The fireball was seen primarily from Arizona but witnesses...

June 02, 2016