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Fireball Over Tennessee And Georgia
2013-09-06 12:00:45

[ Watch The Video: Bright Meteor Captured Over Georgia/Tennessee ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Typically, there isn’t much to see in the predawn hours of a Wednesday morning in the Southeast US. However, on August 28, those who happened to be awake and outside at 3:27 a.m. in northern Georgia and Tennessee were treated to the spectacle of a short-lived yet massive fireball that out-shown the moon. “Recorded by all six NASA cameras in the Southeast, this...

Heliophysics Nuggets Help Map Tons Of Meteoric Dust In The Sky
2013-08-09 10:46:01

NASA Heliophysics nuggets are a collection of early science results, new research techniques, and instrument updates that further our attempt to understand the sun and the dynamic space weather system that surrounds Earth. On Aug.11 and 12, 2013, the annual Perseid meteor shower will peak, filling the sky with streaks of light, commonly known as shooting stars. Such visually stunning showers are actually but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to meteoroids slamming into Earth's...

Perseids Identified By NASA As Most Active Annual Meteor Shower
2013-07-29 10:14:59

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Perseid Fireballs ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Meteor showers are some of the most exciting and unpredictable displays of nature and a team of NASA astronomers have just identified one shower as the most active of any annual display. "We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO). "It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August...

2013-06-06 20:04:07

With more than 400 meteors per hour, it was one of the most intense meteor showers in the last decade Every 6.6 years, the comet Giacobini-Zinner circulates through the inner solar system and passes through the perihelion, the closest point to the Sun of its orbit. Then, the comet sublimates the ices and ejects a large number of particles that are distributed in filaments. The oldest of these particles have formed a swarm that the Earth passes trough every year in early October. The result...

Slooh To Broadcast Moon's Asteroid Collision
2013-05-20 14:27:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An organization aimed at bringing celestial event programming to everyone with a computer, iPhone or iPad is planning to broadcast the fiery explosion that took place on the moon just a few months ago. On March 17 NASA astronomers witnessed how the Moon was rocked by a violent impact from an 88-pound asteroid, creating a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything the space agency had seen before. Now Slooh says it wants to bring the...

Astronomers Catch Bright Explosion On The Moon
2013-05-17 13:55:31

[ Watch the Video: Bright Explosion on the Moon ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you take a good look at the Moon it isn´t too difficult to paint a pretty clear picture of the lunar surface´s violent past. Our neighboring natural satellite is pock-marked with thousands upon thousands of craters from meteors and asteroids that have been pelting its surface for more than a billion years. Over the past eight years, NASA astronomers have been...

Meteor Lights Up Eastern US Skies Friday Night
2013-03-23 06:19:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Hundreds of people, from both the Eastern US and Canada, have reported witnessing a flashing light that streaked across the skies early Friday night, with many of them sharing their experiences — and their photos and videos of the event — online through social media. According to Associated Press (AP) and NBC News reports, at least 300 to 350 people reported witnessing the object at or around 8:00pm Eastern time....

Asteroid Impact In Russia: ESA Update And Assessment
2013-02-19 08:00:31

ESA The first firm details of the 15 February asteroid impact in Russia, the largest in more than a century, are becoming clear. ESA is carefully assessing the information as crucial input for developing the Agency´s asteroid-hunting effort. At 03:20 GMT on 15 February, a natural object entered the atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Extensive video records indicate a northeast to southwest path at a shallow angle of 20° above the horizontal....

2013-02-18 23:19:06

Astronomers say the meteor marks the start to fireball season, where there appears to be an increase in the number of bright meteors visible blazing through the night sky. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) February 18, 2013 It´s fireball season on Earth, and it´s off to an explosive start, when a bright meteor exploded above eastern Russia. Astronomers say the meteor marks the start to fireball season as February, March, and April are the best months to see the astronomical phenomenon in the...

Meteor Explosion Over Cuba One Day After Russian Event
2013-02-18 07:56:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just one day after a spectacular meteor exploded over Russian skies, shattering windows and injuring more than a 1,200 people, Cubans were treated to a similar event, albeit on a much smaller scale. Many of Cuba´s citizens watched in wonderment as a small fireball soared across the early evening skies on Friday before exploding. Startled residents described seeing the bright light in the sky just seconds before a thunderous...


Latest Meteoroids Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Perseids Meteor Shower -- Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are caused by comet debris. As comets enter the inner solar system, they are warmed by the sun and peppered by the solar wind, which produces the familar tails that stretch across the night sky when a bright comet is close to Earth. Comet tails are made of tiny pieces of ice, dust, and rock which are spewed into interplanetary space as they bubble off the comet's nucleus. When Earth encounters these particles on its...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Near-Earth Object -- Near-Earth Objects (NEO) are asteroids, comets and large meteoroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger. Due to their size and proximity, NEO's are also more easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth and are important for future scientific investigation and commercial development. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less ΔV (change in velocity) than the Moon. In the United States, NASA...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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