May 232014
 

The newly discovered meteor shower Camelopardalids will make a history-making appearance tonight sometime between 2 AM and 4 AM (EST). Some astronomers are predicting between 200 to 1,000 meteors an hour.

Scientists are calling the meteor shower significant. This will be the first time in a generation that a new meteor shower will be visible, so this may well be a lifetime event.

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Nov 292013
 
English: Comet Siding Spring (C/2007 Q3) as im...

English: Comet Siding Spring (C/2007 Q3) as imaged in the infrared by the WISE space telescope. The images was taken January 10, 2010 when the comet was 2.5AU from the Sun. Text article: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/multimedia/pia12830-a.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

While Comet ISON fizzled its way around the Sun and failed to deliver its previously forecasted sky show, we have a few new space friends making their way towards us in the coming 6 months:

Comet 209P/Linear (closest approach to the Sun – May 6, 2014) – This is reported to possibly be trailing a large meteor shower behind it which may deliver 100-400 meteors/hour through Earth’s atmosphere. The comet will pass 0.0554 AU or 5,150,000 miles from the Earth.

Comet 2013 A1 (Siding Spring)  (arrival Oct 25, 2014) – According to JPL estimates, this comet will pass within 75,000 miles from Mars and poses a potential threat to hardware in Mars orbit.

Asteroid 2003 QQ47 – Arrival March 21, 2014

Feb 022013
 
NASA

NASA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is set to make the record books for the closest approach to earth by an asteroid as big as this since they started keeping records in the 1990′s. The asteroid, the size of a football field, will pass just 17,200 miles above the Earth, closer than most satellites.  NASA says there is no danger of a collision, nonetheless this exceptionally close approach has everyone’s attention and space observers will be keeping a close watch as it approaches our planet.

 

 

 

Jul 252012
 

In an event that has only happened once, and that was 150 years ago, the massive surface ice sheet that covered Greenland melted 40% by July 8th and then in a period of just 4 days had grown to 97%.  Scientists are baffled and have raised worldwide alarms at the incredibly rapid occurence. While the thicker ice remains, NASA calls the melt “unprecedented”.  The only time this was known to have happened was 1889.  Scientists have yet to determine whether this is a natural or the result of global warming.

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-strange-sudden-massive-melt-greenland-193426302.html

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May 172012
 

NASA has just released data from the orbiting WISE telescope that indicates there are a lot more asteroids out there that can hit us then they previously new about.  While letting us know there is no need to panic, NASA has indicated that they are paying much closer attention then they had before.  More asteroids tand larger ones than previously thought are in orbits that potentially could collide with Earth. Impacting with Earth could create a host of environmental hazards not to mention extensive damage and loss of life. A small asteroid of  40 meters in size impacting earth would be equivalent to the detonation of a 3 megaton nuclear bomb.

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Mar 312012
 
The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another close encounter with an asteroid is about to happen again and this time it’s happening on April Fools Day but this is no joke. A passenger jet sized space rock discovered March 13th and referred to by astronomers as 2012 EG5 will come closer to Earth than the Moon is.
Don’t worry, NASA says it will not hit us though.
This makes the third asteroid to come close to Earth in less than 30 days. Two other asteroids passed close by us on March 26th (2012 FP35 within 96,000 miles and 2012 FS35 which passed within 36,000 miles of Earth).
We will see another close flyby on April 4th when 2012 FA57, discovered on March 28, will pass at a range just beyond the orbit of the moon.
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