Asteroid to fly past Earth on Friday the 13th

© CCO NASA has been monitoring an asteroid which maintains an orbit around various bodies in the solar system and consistently passes through Earth’s orbit with the sun. 13 near-Earth objects in total are expected to fly past Earth in December of this year. Earth is set to have a close encounter with an enormous asteroid which is set to fly nearby Earth on Friday at a speed of almost 18,000 miles an hour (more than 28,000 km/h), according to NASA. The upcoming pass-by is estimated to happen on 8:25…

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Near-Earth asteroid numbers grow

© SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY – ANDRZEJ/GETTY IMAGESIt looks like being a busy end to 2019 for asteroid watchers. People using telescopes to stare at the night sky on December 20 or 26 might see a distant light traversing the heavens, but proclaiming it as a harbinger of a New Testament rerun would be unwise. The European Space Agency’s Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre advises that on neither night will the Star of Bethlehem be visible, but an asteroid very likely will be. On December 20 a 300-metre-wide rock known as (216258)…

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Bright meteor fireball reported over Phoenix, Arizona

© Twitter/Lucille Le Corre (screen capture) By now, we all know, it didn’t really happen unless it’s confirmed via social media. And that’s what was happening Friday night, as numerous Twitter posts surfaced from people who said they saw a bright light streak across the nighttime sky over Phoenix sometime around 9:30 p.m. The posts described the sight as a green streak or light, possibly a large meteor or “shooting star,” but definitely more than a quick flash that such a phenomenon usually produces. The Arizona Republic could not immediately…

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Video shows stunning meteor fireball light up sky over Houston, Texas

© Hunter Moliver“I thought it was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen in the sky over Houston! The blue flash and the long tail were magnificent.” – Hunter Moliver Reports of fireballs flashing through the night sky have steadily increased since 2006, according to data from the American Meteor Society. Sometimes referred to as “shooting stars,” fireballs, which are very bright, fast-moving meteors that appear to streak across the sky leaving behind a luminescent trail, are tracked by the organization, which encourages and promotes interest in…

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Bright meteor fireball streaks through night sky over Alabama

© NWS Birmingham The National Weather Service’s cameras captured a bright meteor streaking through the night sky in central Alabama. The NWS tweeted it has received multiple reports of a “vivid and long-lasting meteor/fireball” around 7:25 p.m. Wednesday night. The video was taken at the Shelby County Airport. If you missed tonight’s shooting star, don’t worry. You’ll have another chance this month when the Geminids meteor shower peaks overnight from Dec. 14-15. You can see the video below. Comment: Meanwhile the American Meteor Society (AMS) received 150 reports of a…

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ANOTHER large asteroid, discovered last week, to make Earth fly-by on Friday

© European Space agencyAIM and Didymos binary An asteroid as big as the Egyptian pyramids is zooming towards Earth and will squeeze past us on Friday – if it doesn’t smash on to our home planet’s surface. Named 2019 WR3, NASA expects the space rock to make a “close approach” to Earth later this week. The space agency has classified the asteroid as a “near-Earth object (NEO)” which means its orbit brings it very close – in cosmic terms – to Earth. The asteroid was first spotted late last week.…

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BEST OF THE WEB: Astronomers suspect 2016 meteor fireball event in Australia was caused by asteroid that had been ‘captured’ by Earth’s gravity

© GettyBoth space rocks detected recently could cause major damage if they crashed into our planet Humans have good reason to fear comets, asteroids and other massive space objects. Now we’d like to add ‘mini-moons’ to the list of heavenly bodies we should be worried about. Scientists have claimed our planet was recently hit by one of these mysterious rocks, which exploded in a gigantic fireball. A mini-moon is an object which becomes entangled in Earth’s orbit as it’s zooming through space. It will either whirl around the planet harmlessly…

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SOTT FOCUS: Volcanoes, Earthquakes And The 3,600 Year Comet Cycle

In two previous articles, I proposed explanations for the events that triggered the Younger Dryas. In the article titled Did Earth Steal Martian Waters, I described how, ca.12,500 BP, an electric discharge may have transferred part of the Martian water and atmosphere to Earth (see pink arrow on the diagram below). In the article titled Of Flash-frozen Mammoths and Cosmic Catastrophes, I explained how, about 4 centuries earlier, ca. 12,900 BP, several cometary fragments hit the Earth’s Northern hemisphere (see turquoise arrow) causing the subsequent global cooling. Greenland temperature 18000…

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Night sky lit up by apparent meteor over Camarillo, California

© KTLA A bright light lit up the sky over Camarillo late Monday night. The unexpected sighting was witnessed by drivers on the 101 Freeway about 11:30 p.m. The video shows what appears to be a meteor briefly streaking above the freeway traffic. The activity comes less than a week after the alpha Monocertoid — aka Unicorn — meteor shower dazzled skygazers. If you’re hoping to see a meteor in person, the Meteor Activity Outlook for Nov. 23-29 can be viewed on the American Meteor Society’s website. The Griffith Observatory…

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Marlboro, New Jersey’s late-night mysterious booms remain unexplained

© KY3 Monday night’s mysterious “booms” that could be heard throughout the area remained a mystery Tuesday. Township Trustee Wayne Schillig surmised the noise might have come from someone illegally target-shooting at night. Police Chief Ron Devies was in the police station when both booms rang out — the first at 8 p.m. and the second at 8:45 p.m. “I was indoors and our building’s pretty tight. It’s a brick structure,” he said, adding, “I heard it clearly.” Devies initially thought the sound was the result on someone dropping a…

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Flash of light, window-shaking boom heard in Peru, Illinois

© WGLC After a loud, deep kaboom shook windows in Peru on Sunday night, neighbors began pointing fingers at possible fireworks enthusiasts. Could it have been a fireball? Mike Hankey from American Meteor Society said www.amsmeteors.org received 13 notifications Sunday about fireball sightings over Iowa and Illinois. However, most of those were logged at 5:30 p.m. So, not likely. However, Peru police chief Douglas Bernabei said police could not pinpoint the source of a 9 p.m. boom that resulted in many calls from various neighborhoods to the dispatchers. “Widespread reports…

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Mysterious ‘fireball’ streaks across Oregon sky, leaves cops scratching their heads

© Polk County Sheriff’s OfficePossible fireball over the Oregon Coast Mountains Photos of what looks like a fireball falling in Polk County, Oregon, has sparked a frantic search amid reports of a plane crash. Nothing was found, however and police now believe it was a meteor. Netizens have their own ideas. It all started on Thursday evening, when the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call alerting them about a possible plane crash in the area southwest of Polk County. The caller then sent a couple of photos that…

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‘Boom!’ Sonoma Valley, California residents look to skies for answer following nocturnal noises

© Press Democrat (file photo)An amateur astronomer sets up his home-made 18″ Newton Reflector during the monthly public viewing night at the Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Park. Though there were few reported meteors on the night of Nov. 21, many people heard distant sonic booms with no known source. People all over Sonoma County looked up at about 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, when a brief series of “booms” rolled across the valleys. But there was no glow in the sky, the stars were visible in the cloudless sky.…

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Meteor fireball videoed over Lake Mendota, Wisconsin

© Madison Did you see it? A Sunday morning tweet from NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the UW-Madison showing a meteor flashing over Lake Mendota drew a host of “oohs” and “ahhhs”. The video is only 13 seconds long, but you likely won’t be able to watch it just once. According to NASA, millions of meteroids travel through the Earth’s atmosphere on a daily basis. When one is vaporized as it enters the atmosphere, it leaves behind a trail, and that burning meteoroid — essentially a streak…

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Gigantic, 500ft asteroid to fly past Earth on Monday & come back in 7 years

© A Owen / Pixabay Traveling more than 60 times faster than a Boeing jet, a huge asteroid is on course to skirt by Earth only to return seven years later. The space rock, called 2019 VF1, was discovered this year and will pass Earth at about 4:09am GMT on Monday. The asteroid is 492 feet in diameter and travels more than 60 times faster than a Boeing 747 jet. NASA has officially registered it as a “near-Earth object” bound to make a “close approach” to our planet. But not…

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Meteor fireball lights up night sky over northern New England

Fireball streaks across New England sky People around Greater Boston, down to Connecticut, and up into Northern New England spotted a streak of light cross the sky during the Friday evening commute. It’s what’s called a “fireball.” When objects enter Earth’s atmosphere, they encounter intense heat and burn up. That process creates the streak of light seen in the sky, as seen in the photo above. While unusual, these are spotted around New England from time to time. [embedded content] Source

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‘Large fireball’ in the sky reported in Polk County, Oregon

© Polk County Sheriff’s Office The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking into reports of a “large fireball falling to the earth.” They said it was visible in southwest Polk County. The sheriff’s office said the fireball was first reported as a plane crash, although those reports have not been confirmed. Polk County Sheriff said they have used all available aviation tracking systems and no planes have been lost. Authorities are trying to locate a possible landing location and “exactly what the fireball is.” Thursday evening the sheriff’s office was…

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Meteor fireball lights up sky in Costa Del Sol, Spain

© EuroWeekly Star gazers had a treat in the early hours of today (November 20) as a slow ball of fire graced the sky above the Costa del Sol in Spain. The impressive sight was a rock from a comet that entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 47,000 kilometres per hour at 3.48 am. The event began at an altitude of about 81 km off the coast of Malaga. From there the fireball advanced in a northeasterly direction. It was finally extinguished at an altitude of 38…

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More incoming: NASA detects three asteroids currently approaching Earth

© PixabayRepresentational image of asteroids approaching the earth NASA’s asteroid tracking system is currently monitoring three space rocks that are expected to approach Earth tomorrow, Nov. 20. According to the agency, the biggest asteroid in the group is about half as tall as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The first asteroid that will visit Earth’s vicinity tomorrow has been identified by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) as 2019 UK6. CNEOS indicated that this asteroid is currently flying towards Earth at an average speed of almost 28,000 kilometers per…

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They just keep coming! NASA tracking THREE asteroids headed this way, two spotted just 2 days ago

© Pixabay/Thomas Breher NASA is currently tracking three near-Earth objects (NEOs) due to fly past the Earth on November 20. Worryingly, two of the three were only spotted this past weekend, once again raising tensions over planetary defense. The first of Wednesday’s cosmic flybys and the largest, measuring 157.5ft to 360.8ft (48 to 110 meters) across, will be asteroid 2019 UK6, which will speed past at approximately 6.20am GMT (1.20am EDT). It is 2019 UK6 we had most prior warning about, as it was first observed on October 24. NEO…

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Kilkenny, Ireland early risers spot giant meteor fireball in the frosty sky

© TravelLife/ShutterstockStock image A giant fireball was spotted streaking over Kilkenny’s frosty sky early this morning. Some reports are saying it was a meteorite, while some claim it landed in neighbouring Carlow. At 5.20am this morning, the flashing fireball was seen by those up early for work, or those out for an early morning run. The huge fireball illuminated the frosty and foggy sky as it shot over. A spokesperson for Astronomy Ireland confirmed the sighting but are now seeking the public’s help for more information about the sighting. Another…

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Leonid meteor shower light up night sky with spectacular shooting stars

© Reuters / Ali jareji One of the most famous annual meteor displays, the Leonid shower, is peaking this weekend and even though this year’s show could be a downer, stargazers will still be treated to occasional spectacular fireballs and shooting stars. The Leonid is expected to be best visible in the early hours of the morning on Monday, between 2am and 4am. [embedded content] This Sunday, there was no need for telescopes as the shower was perfectly visible to the naked eye – granted clouds stay away, that is.…

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Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid could hit Earth in 2022

© Creative Commons Scientists from the American space agency claim that asteroids the size of a football field collide with our planet every 2000 years, with another giant rock now heading towards the Earth. NASA just announced when a giant asteroid, known as JF1, would hit Earth if it continues on its current trajectory – and it’s not too far from now. The American space agency predicted that a 128-meter-long space rock – the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt – could collide with our planet on…

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Amateur Crimean astronomer discovers new comet in solar system: C2019V1 (Borisov)

© NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLAGennady Borisov has been contacted by the International Astronomical Union about his latest discovery. Not content with leading NASA to detect water from an alien star system on board an interstellar visitor, Crimean amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov has discovered another comet. The new comet, traveling at roughly 30km per second in the patch of sky between the Lynx and Cancer constellations, marks the ninth stellar object Borisov has discovered. Unlike his previously discovered comet, dubbed 2I/Borisov, this one is a resident of our solar system. “I discovered a new…

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Spectacular meteor fireball caught on camera above St. Louis, Missouri – Event seen from across US Midwest

© Screenshot/AMS American Meteor SocietyEarthcam footage captures the moment in which a fireball streaks across the Missouri nighttime sky near St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. Hundreds of local residents across the US state of Missouri were given front row tickets to a meteor show late Monday after a flaming rock streaked across the nighttime sky. Local news station KMOV reported that the jaw-dropping meteor was spotted “from Columbia to St. Charles County and into St. Louis County and south St. Louis City,” before disappearing into the night over Wellsville. Reports of…

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Fireball lights up the skies over St. Louis during Northern Taurid meteor shower

Make a wish: Cameras in St. Louis, Missouri caught what appeared to be a meteor falling from the skies on Monday night, KSDL and KMOV reported. Both stations reported that local residents saw a flash of light and loud noise at about 8:55 p.m. local time (9:55 p.m. ET). Twitter user David Vergel posted footage from an EarthCam aimed at the city’s iconic Gateway Arch of the object streaking through the atmosphere, while other locals appear to have picked up the event on home security cameras. The Northern Taurid meteor…

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They just keep coming: Skyscraper-sized asteroid due to pass Earth this week

© urikyo33 / Pixabay An asteroid measuring almost the height of New York’s Rockefeller Center is due to make a flyby of Earth this week. The good news, however, is that thankfully the rock poses no immediate threat to life on our planet. Asteroid 2019 UN12 is estimated to measure between 110m-250m (360-820.21ft), or roughly five Statues of Liberty standing on top of each other, and will whizz past the Earth on Wednesday at a whopping 64,467mph. Thankfully, it will speed by at a relatively safe distance of 892,294 miles…

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Bright meteor fireball streaks across the US East Coast

The American Meteor Society received more than a dozen reports of a bright fireball streaking across the sky along the East Coast Sunday evening. The meteor was seen about 7:40 p.m. from New York to North Carolina, with several reports from the D.C. area, including Leesburg and Vienna. The fireball (another term for a very bright meteor), is likely part of the annual Taurid meteor shower, which peaks this week. Every year from September to November, the Earth passes through a broad stream of debris left by Comet Encke, according…

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Flash of light, loud boom shakes up Cabarrus County, North Carolina residents

© WSOC-TV Residents in Cabarrus County flooded the 911 call center after they said there was a loud boom and bright flash in the sky overnight Friday. “I didn’t see anything,” a resident said. “(I) just heard the loud explosion sound and then, we started seeing sirens.” Channel 9’s Tina Terry talks to residents about the disruption and asks officials where it came from. [embedded content] Source

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