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Giant 3-Mile-Wide Asteroid 3200-Phaethon to Shave Earth’s Orbit before Christmas

A mysterious 3-mile-wide asteroid is going to buzz our planet before Christmas.

Although NASA has classified it has a ‘potentially hazardous asteroid’ and Russian astronomers have warned that the object will fly past ‘quite close there is no chance it will hit us as it will pass 6.4 million miles from Earth on December 17, 2017.

The huge asteroid 3200 Phaethon is named after the Greek demi-god who according to the legend, borrowed the sun chariot from his father the God Helios, however, Phaethon was unable to control the horses and nearly set the Earth on fire due to the misdriving of the sun’s chariot before being killed by Zeus who was forced to kill Phaethon with a thunderbolt to avoid a disaster.

The asteroid 3200 Phaethon is the long-sought parent body of the Geminids meteor shower. The meteor shower which can be seen from December 4-16, 2017 reaching its peak around December 13 while asteroid 3200 Phaethon will also be bright enough to see in small telescopes.

Phaethon which means ‘the shining one’ will probably bring some nice fireworks in the sky.

 

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Mysterious UFO speeding across the Sky above Heathrow, London seconds ahead of a landing plane

The live feed Sky Cam from Air Live captured the moment a mysterious unidentified flying object speeding across the sky above Heathrow Airport, London before it disappeared, on November 19, 2017.

The object in the sky was just seconds ahead of a landing plane though it is not clear how far away it was from the plane.

Some people suggest it was a shooting star, while others say it was a meteor, space debris or a UFO.

Speaking to MailOnline, Clemens Rumpf, from the University of Southampton specialized in studying space debris, said: ‘My hunch is that this was a large meteor about one meter in diameter at an altitude of 30 to 70 km”, but some people disagree with the explanation give.

Whether the object was a UFO, shooting star, meteor or space debris it remains unclear what the object might have been.

 

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Fast Moving Meteor-Like Object from Space Captured by ISS Astronaut

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured a meteor-like object slam into Earth’s atmosphere and burning up over the Atlantic Ocean on November 5, 2017 from the International Space Station.

The space object, traveling at roughly 24 miles per second (40km/s), was sighted over the Atlantic Ocean, off the west coast of South Africa.

Several lightning flashes were also recorded by Nespoli as the Space Station flew from the southern Atlantic Ocean over to Kazakhstan.

 

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Fireballs in the sky over the US and Europe all captured on November 14, 2017

Several meteors lit the sky over the United States and Europe on Tuesday night.

Fireballs were captured over Phoenix, over Southern Ohio and later in the night two meteors crossed over France and the other over Germany which was seen as far away as Italy and Switserland.

Although it seems that these fireballs were at least somewhat related with the Tuarids and with the comet Encke, the fireballs that occurred in Arizona and France are not related to the Tuarids due to their origin and direction, the fireballs over Ohio and Germany were probably Tuarids.

Below videos show the fireball that flew across the Phoenix sky and captured by the Phoenix city Cam and the fireball over Southern Ohio uploaded by J. Verrico on the American Meteor Society Website.

The American Meteor Society has noted before that there has been a dramatic increase in fireball /meteor activity since the last two years.

 

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Return of the ‘Unusual Comet’ 96P spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites

The ESA and NASA mission SOHO got a visit from an old friend this week when the highly unusual comet 96P entered its field of view on Oct. 25, 2017.

The comet entered the lower right corner of SOHO’s view, and skirted up and around the right edge before leaving on Oct. 30. SOHO also spotted comet 96P in 1996, 2002, 2007 and 2012, making it the spacecraft’s most frequent cometary visitor.

At the same time, comet 96P passed through a second NASA mission’s view: STEREO that also watched the comet between October 26 and 28 from the opposite side of Earth’s orbit.

It is extremely rare for comets to be seen simultaneously from two different locations in space, and these are the most comprehensive parallel observations of comet 96P yet.

Comet 96P — also known as comet Machholz, for amateur astronomer Dan Machholz’s 1986 discovery of the comet – completes an orbit around the Sun every 5.24 years. It makes its closest approach to the Sun at a toasty 11 million miles – a very close distance for a comet.

When comet 96P appeared in SOHO’s view in 2012, amateur astronomers studying the SOHO data discovered two tiny comet fragments some distance ahead of the main body, signaling the comet was actively changing. This time around they have detected a third fragment — another breadcrumb in the trail that indicates this ‘Unusual Comet’ is still evolving.

 

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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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