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Taurid Meteor Shower California
2013-11-07 15:18:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While flashing lights over Southern California may have given some local residents flashbacks to old 'X-files' episodes, don’t expect to see ‘little green men’ running around anytime soon. According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command weather department, the streak of light reported by citizens in Los Angeles county was probably part of the South Taurids meteor shower that dazzles skywatchers in early November each...

Russian Meteor Produced A Shockwave That Traveled The Globe Twice
2013-06-28 07:07:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Chelyabinsk meteor that blazed a trail across the morning sky in Russia this past February left a shocking impact on not just the Ural Mountains region, but the entire world. A new report published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters states the shockwave from the meteoric explosion on the morning of February 15, 2013 traveled around the globe -- not once, but twice. Scientists, led by Alexis Le Pichon of the French...

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2010-04-01 07:35:00

13,000 years ago the Earth was struck by thousands of Tunguska-sized cometary fragments over the course of an hour, leading to a dramatic cooling of the planet, according to astronomer Professor Bill Napier of the Cardiff University Astrobiology Center. He presents his new model in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The cooling, by as much as 8°C, interrupted the warming which was occurring at the end of the last ice age and caused glaciers to readvance....

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2005-12-26 08:35:00

So you thought nothing ever happens on the moon? NASA scientists have observed an explosion on the moon. The blast, equal in energy to about 70 kg of TNT, occurred near the edge of Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Rains) on Nov. 7, 2005, when a 12-centimeter-wide meteoroid slammed into the ground traveling 27 km/s. "What a surprise," says Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) researcher Rob Suggs, who recorded the impact's flash. He and colleague Wes Swift were testing a new telescope and video camera...

2005-11-04 21:35:17

BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- Numerous sightings of massive fireballs in the skies over Germany this week have led to an upsurge in reports of UFOs, but scientists believe the cause could be a bizarre annual meteor blitz. According to the Web site of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), such fireballs have been reported elsewhere in the world and may also be due to the fact that the Earth is now orbiting through a swarm of space debris. Many people in Germany have...

2005-11-04 07:48:24

BERLIN (Reuters) - Numerous sightings of massive fireballs in the skies over Germany this week have led to an upsurge in reports of UFOs, but scientists believe the cause could be a bizarre annual meteor blitz. According to the Web site of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), such fireballs have been reported elsewhere in the world and may also be due to the fact that the Earth is now orbiting through a swarm of space debris. Many people in Germany have...

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2005-11-04 06:37:15

Earth is orbiting through a swarm of space debris that may be producing an unusual number of nighttime fireballs. NASA -- "I thought some wise guy was shining a spotlight at me," says Josh Bowers of New Germany, Pennsylvania. "Then I realized what it was: a fireball in the southern sky. I was doing some backyard astronomy around 9 p.m. on Halloween (Oct. 31, 2005), and this meteor was so bright it made me lose my night vision." Bowers wasn't the only one who saw the fireball. Lots of people...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Comet Encke -- Because of its proximity to the Sun and its stable orbit, comet Encke is probably one of the most evolved comets that still remains active. It may represent a transition object between an active comet and the defunct comets that are thought to make up a significant percentage of the near-Earth asteroid population. The orbit of comet Encke is very stable both in its size and orientation because it can pass no closer to Jupiter than about 0.9 AU. This orbital stability...

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Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.