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Bizarre New Object in Our Solar System Spotted By Hubble

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Asteroid 288P

Astronomers have identified a weird pair of orbiting asteroids,
called 288P, as the first known binary asteroid also classified as a comet.

      Astronomers recently spotted two space rocks behaving strangely. As the asteroids orbited each other, both of them appeared to be shedding material just like a comet does — observations revealed a coma around the objects as well as a long tail of material.
By Elizabeth Howell
The Seeker
9-21-17

The group have identified this weird system, called 288P, as “the first known binary asteroid also classified as a comet.” There are a few select examples of single asteroids shedding water and dust and leaving behind a comet-like tail, but it’s the first time two of these objects were seen orbiting each other.

288P was first discovered in November 2006 by the astronomical survey Spacewatch. …

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Suspected huge asteroid explodes in the sky over Yunnan Province, China

A suspected huge asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere over China on October 4, 2017 and exploded at 37 kilometers height near Shangri-La County in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

Some people caught the asteroid on camera at the moment of its final impact behind thick clouds. 

What strikes is the strange rectangular shaped cloud above the asteroid moments of its final impact as it doesn’t really look like a natural cloud but more like cloaked object!

NASA said that the explosion was equivalent to 540 tons of TNT. Seismic agencies registered a seismic impact of 2.1 Magnitude.

Asteroid and meteor observers speculate that there might be remains of the asteroid have been falling on the ground, since the asteroid exploded at a relatively low height above the Earth’s surface.

 

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Sun diving comet and unknown deep space object captured by SOHO Spacecraft

On September 27, 2017 SOHO’s LASCO C2 and LASCO C3 satellites have captured the final moments of a large comet at the moment it’s racing towards the sun before diving into the surface.

Even more interesting is an unknown solar object which became visible at the ‘high noon’ position of LASCO C3.

If you look very closely you will see that this object is moving at a much slower speed than all of the background stars. Moreover, it is moving ‘clock-wise’ which does not agree with our solar system’s basic laws of motion….making it more than likely that this solar object is moving outside of our solar system….wondering whether or not it is an alien spacecraft.

 

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Asteroid 2012 TC4 hurtling towards Earth and NASA is ‘Excited’!

Asteroid 2012 TC4 is heading towards Earth, with NASA claiming it gives their scientists a chance to test its space threat-scanning ability.

The asteroid has been out of range of telescopes since 2012. But on July 27, 31, and then again on Aug. 5, the approaching asteroid 2012 TC4 was observed again by Olivier Hainaut, Detlef Koschny and Marco Micheli of the European Space Agency using one of the European Southern Observatory’s 8.2-meter telescopes at its Very Large Telescope Observatory.

The scientists said they are “excited” by the asteroid, which could be as large as 130 feet in size and is expected to fly past Earth on October 12 and even though scientists cannot yet predict exactly how close it will approach, they are certain it will come no closer than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) from the surface of Earth while NASA said it is “absolutely certain” the rock will miss the planet.

This asteroid was first spotted in 2012 and it was this asteroid that worried people who thought the Mayan ancient civilization has predicted the end of the world.

At this moment the asteroid is approaching at about 30,000 mph (14 kilometers per second), and will continue to brighten – reaching 13th magnitude at time of closest approach.

NASA scientists are planning to use its upcoming October close approach to Earth as an opportunity not only for science, but to test NASA’s planetary defense system. The defense will not fire missiles from Earth into space yet, they want to monitor the asteroid only.

 

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Mysterious bright object in the sky caught on security cam crashes in Northern Idaho

On September 4, 2017 an odd bright object in the sky was caught on the security cam of Jacquie McKay who lives in Bridge Lake BC. According to Jacquie she woke up of the flash.

Credit image and video: Jacquie McKay.

Eyewitness reports:

We felt it. It was way more intense than thunder, but not quite like an earthquake. It rattled the windows.

I saw a bright green streak, then the whole sky lit up green! Unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Was riding home on my bike, and happened to be looking at the sky at the right time.

This would explain the odd flashing of light I saw on the horizon when I was outside at this exact time. Spokane WA.

So far, it is unknown what the strange object may have been but it seems fire crews responding to reports of a crashed object in Bonners Ferry area, Northern Idaho, following…

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Glowing Meteorite crashes into homeowner’s backyard in Appling, Georgia

Jay Sullivent heard a loud bang and thought there had been a car accident on the road in front of his house in Appling, Georgia on July 21, 2017.

According to CratersNews, he went running outside but instead of a car accident he discovered a burnt circle of grass in his backyard with smoke still rising from it.

Approaching closer he discovered a flame and a small piece of pink colored rock in the middle of the spot and concluded that it was a small meteorite, before he took it out of the hole.

 

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Earth entering debris field from Halley’s Comet – aka The Star of Bethlehem – from 2600 years ago

According to Canada’s Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR), a “hot spot” has appeared in the constellation Aquarius and is a sign that Earth is approaching a debris field from Halley’s Comet dating all the way back to 616 BC.

Some theologians and astronomers suggest that Halley might be the Star of Bethlehem because Halley’s appearance in 12 BC was only a few years distant from the conventionally assigned date of the birth of Jesus Christ, which might explain the biblical story of the Star of Bethlehem.

Our planet will cross a network of debris streams from the comet and it has the potential for an outburst this week. The numbers of meteors which are pieces of Halley’s Comet hitting Earth’s atmosphere at 66 km/s and disintegrating about 100 km above Earth’s surface are already impressive so this might be a descent time a real meteor shower.

If we take a look at the historical record of Halley’s Comet then we see that this strange comet often is associated with biblical events, omen good or bad.

Going back in history the first certain appearance of Halley’s Comet in the historical record is a description from 240 BC, in the Chinese chronicle Records of the Grand Historian or Shiji. The only surviving record of the 164 BC apparition is found on two fragmentary Babylonian tablets.

Then Halley’s appearance in 12 BC, only a few years distant from the conventionally assigned date of the birth of Jesus Christ, and in 1066, the comet was seen in England and thought to be an omen: later that year Harold II of England died at the Battle of Hastings; it was a bad omen for Harold, but a good omen for the man who defeated him, William the Conqueror.

In 1301 Halley may have been seen by the artist Giotto di Bondone, who represented the Star of Bethlehem as a fire-colored comet in the Nativity section of his Arena Chapel cycle, completed in 1305.

1301 image of artist Giotto di Bondone.

In 1456, the year of Halley’s next apparition, the Ottoman Empire invaded the Kingdom of Hungary and in 1910 the comet added to the unrest in China on the eve of Xinhai Revolution that would end the last dynasty in 1911.

Halley’s 1986 apparition was the least favorable on record, the year of the Chernobyl disaster and the San Salvador earthquake which caused between 1,000 and 1,500 deaths and 10,000 injuries.

According to astronomers Halley has probably been in its current orbit for 16,000–200,000 years and its lifetime could be as long as 10 million years.

The next predicted perihelion of Halley’s Comet is 28 July 2061 and in 2134, Halley is expected to pass within 0.09 AU (13,000,000 km) of Earth.

 

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Ancient Stone Pillars confirm date of Comet Strike that changed Human History

A team of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has found what they describe as evidence of a comet striking the Earth at approximately the same time as the onset of the Younger Dryas in carvings on an ancient stone pillar in southern Turkey.

The group has published their findings in the journal Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry.

Prior evidence based on ice cores taken from Greenland has suggested that a strike by a comet may have led to the onset of the Younger Dryas—a period of Earth cooling that lasted for approximately 1000 years.

Other evidence also suggests that the cooling period caused groups of people to band together to cultivate crops, leading to the development of agriculture, which in turn led to huge leaps in technological innovations and societal developments, i.e. Neolithic civilization. In this new effort, the researchers describe evidence they found on a stone pillar at Gobekli Tepe (the oldest known temple site) that aligns with the ice core findings—that a comet struck the Earth in approximately 10,950BC. 

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Strange 1.3 kilometers Wide Asteroid Caught on Radar as It Zooms by Earth

A strange asteroid 1.3 kilometers (3,280 feet) across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close. XX

Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid came nearest at 12.20 GMT and is now hurtling away from the centre of our solar system, said Ian Carnelli, an astronomer from the European Space Agency (ESA).

The Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico—which has one of the world’s biggest radio telescopes—captured the 2014 JO25’s first images, showing a “dragon-shaped” object that is likely “two large asteroids that fused together”.

You may not see them, but space rocks whizz above our heads all the time. But large asteroids passing this close to Earth remain a rarity.

The next one will pass by in 2027, a 800-metre long object that will come within one Earth-to-the-Moon distance.

The last time 2014-JO25 was in our vicinity was 400 years ago, and its next close encounter with Earth won’t happen until sometime after 2600.

 

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Meteor That Changes Direction shakes homes as it soars over Queensland, Australia

A bright object was observed streaking across the sunset sky over Queensland, Australia on April 16, 2017.

The fireball was seen from southern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. House-shaking sound was reported in Killarney on the Southern Downs.

It is said that the fireball was a meteor, but have you ever seen a meteor that changes direction?

Video: Go to the 0.35 Mark and see the moment the object changes its direction to right before it suddenly vanish into thin air.

 

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