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2009-11-18 12:10:00

Many across Asia witnessed Tuesday night's meteor shower, but cloud cover blocked the view of many hopeful stargazers in India and Nepal. Thousands of people stayed up late to camp out underneath the stars in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Leonid meteor shower. One group of 30 amateur astronomers counted 78 Leonids over the course of a four-hour period from the Siriska sanctuary, about 95 miles south of New Delhi. "There was no moon in the sky, which is good for observation," Yogeshwar...

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2009-10-08 07:05:00

Astronomers from The University of Western Ontario have released footage of a meteor that was approximately 100 times brighter than a full moon. The meteor lit up the skies of southern Ontario two weeks ago and Western astronomers are now hoping to enlist the help of local residents in recovering one or more possible meteorites that may have crashed in the area of Grimsby, Ontario. The Physics and Astronomy Department at Western has a network of all-sky cameras in southern Ontario that scan...

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2009-08-10 07:05:00

Amateur astronomers across the UK are preparing to tweet the world's first mass participation meteor star party, as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). Led by Newbury Astronomical Society, the Twitter Meteorwatch will take place from the evening of Tuesday 11th until the morning of 13th August 2009, covering the peak of the Perseids meteor shower. Meteors (popularly known as "Ëœshooting stars') are the visible streaks of light that result from the...

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2009-04-06 12:30:00

A massive fireball that shot over the skies of Northern Ireland on Sunday may finally be explained due to some security cameras that may have captured the event, BBC News reported. People living as far apart as Donegal and Cork reported seeing a shooting star blazing across the skies around 1230 BST. "We're fairly certain it was a rock from space which could have landed somewhere in Ireland," said David Moore chairman of Astronomy Ireland. Astronomers and sky watchers are hoping to hear from...

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2009-03-31 07:00:00

Just before dawn on Oct. 7, 2008, an SUV-sized asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere and exploded harmlessly over the Nubian Desert of northern Sudan. Scientists expected the asteroid, called 2008 TC3, had blown to dust in the resulting high-altitude fireball. What happened next excited the scientific community. Peter Jenniskens, a meteor astronomer with the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who works at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., joined Muawia Shaddad of the...

2009-03-25 22:30:00

U.S. scientists say for the first time they have tracked an asteroid as it burst through the Earth's atmosphere from space and then found the pieces. The historic episode occurred last year with the research team finding pieces of the asteroid in a Sudanese desert less than a day after it was seen burning through the sky, The New York Times reported Wednesday. For the first time, we can dot the line between the meteorite in our hands and the asteroid astronomers saw in space, said Dr. Petrus...

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2009-03-25 14:40:00

For the first time in history, scientists have matched a meteorite on Earth with a specific asteroid, providing insight into how the planets were formed and how to best avoid a potential asteroid catastrophe sometime in the future. Last October, astronomers began tracking a small asteroid heading toward Earth before it became a "shooting star."  The asteroid appeared to mostly blow up in the sky 23 miles above the ground, leading scientists to believe there would not be any space rocks...

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2009-03-18 11:40:00

A small asteroid will fly past Earth early tomorrow morning (Wed., March 18). The asteroid, 2009 FH, is about 50 feet (15 meters) wide. Its closest approach to Earth will occur at 5:17 a.m. PDT (8:17 a.m. EDT, 12:17 UTC) at an altitude of about 49,000 miles (79,000 kilometers). "This asteroid flyby will be a good viewing opportunity for both professional and amateur astronomers," said Don Yeomans of the Near-Earth Object Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "The...

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2009-02-13 09:20:00

In a forthcoming paper in  Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a team of Spanish astronomers link a brilliant fireball seen in 2008 to the breakup of a comet in 1920. Last July, people in Spain, Portugal and France watched the brilliant fireball produced by a boulder crashing down through the Earth's atmosphere. In a paper to be published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez (Institute of...

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2008-12-06 10:10:00

Astronomers from Caltech and NASA say a strong shower of Leonid meteors is coming in 2009. Their prediction follows an outburst on Nov. 17, 2008, that broke several years of "Leonid quiet" and heralds even more intense activity next November. "On Nov. 17, 2009, we expect the Leonids to produce upwards of 500 meteors per hour," says Bill Cooke of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. "That's a very strong display." Forecasters define a meteor storm as 1000 or more meteors per hour. That would...


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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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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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