‘Fireball’ spotted in sky over Northern Ireland

A “fireball as bright as the moon” has been spotted moving across the sky above Northern Ireland, according to the Irish Astronomical Association. IAA president, Terry Moseley, said the sighting was reported by member of the association who works at

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We are not Alone: Government Sensors Shed New Light on Asteroid Hazards

We are not Alone: Government Sensors Shed New Light on Asteroid Hazards   This diagram maps data gathered from 1994-2013 on small asteroids impacting Earth’s atmosphere to create very bright fireballs (bolides). The location of impacts from objects, ranging from 1

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‘Naked’ Comets Could Expose Solar System’s Ancient Origin Story

What’s a comet that doesn’t look like a comet? The question sounds contradictory, but astronomers believe these objects exist. As comets pass through the solar system, they bleed ice and dust as the Sun’s effects wash over their small bodies.

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Rosetta mission: Can you land on a comet?

The final countdown for the European Space Agency’s ambitious mission to land on a comet in deep space has begun. After 10 years, and a journey of more than six billion kilometres, the Rosetta spacecraft is set to launch its

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Nukes for defence against asteroids?

Nuclear explosives have long been considered as a means of deflecting or disrupting an asteroid if there is insufficient time to use other deflection techniques. This recent article from the Wall Street Journal has stirred increased controversy about the role of nuclear

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UA Planetary Scientists, Japanese to Trade Hard-Rock Stories

In the fall of 2016, an Atlas-V rocket will pierce through the atmosphere and leave Earth’s gravity behind. After the engine has burned up its fuel, the nose faring will open to release its payload, the space probe OSIRIS-REx. Silently,

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Rare comet fly-by of Mars on Sunday

A fast-moving comet is about to fly by Mars for a one-in-a-million-year encounter with the Red Planet, photographed and documented by a flurry of spacecraft, NASA said. The comet, known as Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), has a core about a

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Finds Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons Pluto Mission

Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. The KBOs

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UK Met Office opens ‘solar storm’ centre

The Met Office has opened a new forecast centre dedicated to so-called “space weather”. The term describes the disruptive influence that storms at the surface of the Sun can have at Earth. The worst of these events can disturb satellites,

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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within

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