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Meteors, Asteroids and Comets

02June

Asteroid 2014 KH39 Zips Just 1.1 LD from Earth – Watch it LIVE June 3

Near Earth asteroid 2014 KH39, discovered on May 24, 2014, is the faint ‘star’ in the crosshairs in this photo made on May 31. The telescope tracked the asteroid, so the stars are trailed. A satellite trail is visible too. Credit: Gianluca Masi

Got any plans Tuesday? Good. Keep them but know this. That day around 3 p.m. CDT (20:00 UT) asteroid 2014 KH39 will silently zip by Earth at a distance of just 272,460 miles (438,480 km) or 1.14 LDs (lunar distance). Close as flybys go but not quite a record breaker. The hefty space rock will buzz across the constellation Cepheus at nearly 25,000 mph (11 km/sec) near the Little Dipper at the time.

 

Written by Bob King, Posted in Meteors, Asteroids and Comets - News & Stories, Meteors, Asteroids and Comets

20May

Flaming object most likely to be satellite debris falls to Earth over Queensland and 'hits like a bomb'

 Photo  Flaming object falling from the sky (bottom right of photo) seen looking east from Mount Isa about 6:30pm AEST. Audience submitted: Virginia Hills -Jemloco Images

Residents from across central and northern Queensland have reported seeing a huge flaming object fall from the sky and hit the ground "like a bomb".

They say they saw what appeared to be a massive ball with a blue and orange tail in the sky about 6:30pm (AEST) yesterday (15/5/14) as it plunged towards the ground.

Posted in Meteors, Asteroids and Comets - News & Stories, Meteors, Asteroids and Comets