Category Archives: Astronomy

A Close Encounter with the Asteroid 2004 BL86 on Monday January 26

According to today’s edition of  EarthSky, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will flyby Earth on Monday, January 26, at 9:20 AM Pacific Standard Time.  It will pass by Earth at 745,000 miles.  You might be able to see it with a large … Continue reading

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The first-ever comet lander – Philae lands on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

As reported by Earthsky.org: The Rosetta mission made history on November 12 by sending the first-ever probe down to soft-land on the surface of a comet. That landing took place a few months after the Rosetta mothership became [the] first … Continue reading

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Bolide update: USAF and NASA problems with tracking data settled

The above video is a compilation of dashboard footage from motorists of the Chelyabinsk bolide strike that was reported here February 15, 2013 in this and subsequent posts. It was the largest bolide strike to hit Russia in 100 years. … Continue reading

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Newly Discovered Asteroid to have near miss with Earth Tomorrow

Asteroid 2014 RC is expected to come very close to Earth tomorrow, at close to the same distance that weather and communications orbit in geosynchronous orbit.  (i.e., they appear to be stationary but remain in orbit above a fixed place … Continue reading

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Another Asteroid Near Miss

Asteroid 2014 HL 129 passed between the Earth and the Moon on Saturday, May 3rd. This, according to NASA’s Asteroid Watch Project at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The article is at Space.com.  The video animation follows here.  You’ll have … Continue reading

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We’re lucky no large Asteroid has hit a major city, according to Astronauts Lu, Jones, and Anders

Astronauts say only luck has prevented a large Asteroid from hitting a large city around the world, according to Phys Org.  Today is Earth Day.  An event is scheduled for 8 PM PDT at the Seattle Museum of Flight, Seattle, … Continue reading

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Three Asteroids set to flyby the earth; Hubble telescope observes an Asteroid crack-up

As reported on NVONews  Astronomers following the Hubble Telescope are set to watch three Asteroids flyby the earth.   Meanwhile, after tracking its movments, Astronomers watched as Asteroid  P3/ 2013 “….disintegrated chunk by chunk.”  Check it out at the link.  Thanks … Continue reading

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Spectacular Martian impact crater spotted by orbiter camera

There is a great picture of this Martian impact at ars techica in an article published last week.  Check it out.  Thanks again to Instapundit for the tip.

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More on Chelyabinsk

This article on the Bloomberg site reiterates the dangers of the Chelyabinsk asteroid strike.  Scientists now understand there might be five times as many of objects the size of the Chelyabinsk asteroid as previously thought.  However, the title of the article … Continue reading

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Chelyabinsk Bolide Update

This article in Popular Mechanics has updated information plus remarkable pictures of both the Chelyabinsk Bolide and the hole in the ice.  One commenter noted that it was very unusual that the hole was perfectly round with no jagged edges. This was … Continue reading

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