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Message 1481403 - Posted: 24 Feb 2014, 22:37:25 UTC
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The moon has taken another hit for us.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/video-shows-asteroid-smashing-into-moon/story-fnjwlcze-1226836449036

Astronomers from the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia have released video footage of the event which produced the brightest ever confirmed lunar impact. The afterglow lingered for some eight seconds.


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Message 1481472 - Posted: 25 Feb 2014, 0:19:09 UTC - in response to Message 1481403.  
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The moon has taken another hit for us.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/video-shows-asteroid-smashing-into-moon/story-fnjwlcze-1226836449036

Astronomers from the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia have released video footage of the event which produced the brightest ever confirmed lunar impact. The afterglow lingered for some eight seconds.


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Message 1481483 - Posted: 25 Feb 2014, 0:39:51 UTC - in response to Message 1481472.  

The moon has taken another hit for us.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/video-shows-asteroid-smashing-into-moon/story-fnjwlcze-1226836449036

Astronomers from the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia have released video footage of the event which produced the brightest ever confirmed lunar impact. The afterglow lingered for some eight seconds.


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Earth got lucky!

Apparently so. ;-)

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Message 1484587 - Posted: 4 Mar 2014, 23:24:41 UTC - in response to Message 1481483.  

Earth is in for a close call.

Asteroid 2014 DX110 is set to fly between the Earth and the moon Wednesday. Slooh Space Camera will broadcast the flyby live starting at 4 p.m. EST on March 5.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/asteroid-2014-dx110-flyby-march-live-video_n_4898936.html
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Message 1484601 - Posted: 4 Mar 2014, 23:59:38 UTC - in response to Message 1484587.  
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Earth is in for a close call.

Asteroid 2014 DX110 is set to fly between the Earth and the moon Wednesday. Slooh Space Camera will broadcast the flyby live starting at 4 p.m. EST on March 5.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/asteroid-2014-dx110-flyby-march-live-video_n_4898936.html

Damn! I won't get to see it as that will be 11am tomorrow morning here and it's suppose to be raining (I'll just have to remember to what the broadcast). :-(

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Message 1484674 - Posted: 5 Mar 2014, 3:22:06 UTC - in response to Message 1481483.  

The moon has taken another hit for us.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/video-shows-asteroid-smashing-into-moon/story-fnjwlcze-1226836449036

Astronomers from the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia have released video footage of the event which produced the brightest ever confirmed lunar impact. The afterglow lingered for some eight seconds.


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Earth got lucky!

Apparently so. ;-)

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I wish that it had been a larger impact. Something that would rattle the politicians cages even more than Shoemaker/Levy 9 did when it hit Jupiter. Just imagine a large strike on the moon visible in daylight.
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Message 1484762 - Posted: 5 Mar 2014, 7:53:32 UTC - in response to Message 1484674.  

The moon has taken another hit for us.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/video-shows-asteroid-smashing-into-moon/story-fnjwlcze-1226836449036

Astronomers from the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia have released video footage of the event which produced the brightest ever confirmed lunar impact. The afterglow lingered for some eight seconds.


Cheers.



Earth got lucky!

Apparently so. ;-)

Cheers.

I wish that it had been a larger impact. Something that would rattle the politicians cages even more than Shoemaker/Levy 9 did when it hit Jupiter. Just imagine a large strike on the moon visible in daylight.



Quite a spectacle that would be!

Those Blood Moons are more 'common' it seems:


http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015
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Message 1484855 - Posted: 5 Mar 2014, 15:35:12 UTC - in response to Message 1484587.  

Earth is in for a close call.

Asteroid 2014 DX110 is set to fly between the Earth and the moon Wednesday. Slooh Space Camera will broadcast the flyby live starting at 4 p.m. EST on March 5.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/asteroid-2014-dx110-flyby-march-live-video_n_4898936.html

I see from the Virtual Telescope project there is another one coming close.

The Minor Planet Center just announced the discovery of a 4-14 meters large asteroid, 2014 EC, going to have an amazingly close encounter with the Earth Next Mar 6 at 22:05 UT: the minimum distance from our planet will be of 83.000 km (72.000 km from Earth surface), that is 0.21 times the mean distance of our Moon. It is an absolutely safe distance, so no risks at all of collision.
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Message 1485561 - Posted: 7 Mar 2014, 2:39:02 UTC - in response to Message 1484855.  

A tiny space rock barely missed Earth on Thursday in the third of back-to-back-to-back asteroid flybys over the past 24 hours, coming six times closer than the orbit of the moon.
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Message 1485759 - Posted: 7 Mar 2014, 16:01:00 UTC

NASA's Hubble Telescope Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces.
Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they near the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt.
"This is a rock, and seeing it fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing," said David Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles, who led the astronomical forensics investigation.

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Message 1486457 - Posted: 9 Mar 2014, 0:07:12 UTC - in response to Message 1485759.  

NASA's Hubble Telescope Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces.
Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they near the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt.
"This is a rock, and seeing it fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing," said David Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles, who led the astronomical forensics investigation.



Thanks, Zapped Sparky, for the article.
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Message 1491537 - Posted: 19 Mar 2014, 23:33:48 UTC - in response to Message 1486457.  

For skywatchers...



You've probably never seen an eclipse quite like this.

Early Thursday morning, skywatchers in North America will be treated to a rare celestial sight when a 45-mile wide asteroid eclipses a star. Regulus, the brightest star in the Leo constellation, will be visible from Earth overnight between March 19 and 20 as asteroid Erigone makes a pass.


Big Asteroid To Eclipse Bright Star 'Regulus' In Rare Celestial Sight Thursday Morning (LIVE VIDEO)

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Message 1491555 - Posted: 20 Mar 2014, 0:22:26 UTC

I hope it stays clear tonight.
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Message 1491557 - Posted: 20 Mar 2014, 0:26:36 UTC - in response to Message 1491555.  

I hope it stays clear tonight.


I hope so too... cos then you can tell us about it :)
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Message 1491689 - Posted: 20 Mar 2014, 5:28:51 UTC

No eclipse watching for me this morning. The sky is hazy and that combined with the local light pollution means only a few of the brightest stars are visible. I also read that the event is viewable in the northeast USA so Florida is probably too far south. I may watch online.
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Message 1495705 - Posted: 26 Mar 2014, 19:29:23 UTC
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http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/26/tech/innovation/asteroid-rings/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Message 1495925 - Posted: 27 Mar 2014, 5:19:06 UTC - in response to Message 1495705.  

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/26/tech/innovation/asteroid-rings/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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It's okay Steve. It's still an asteroid.
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Message 1496734 - Posted: 28 Mar 2014, 18:03:21 UTC - in response to Message 1495925.  

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/26/tech/innovation/asteroid-rings/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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It's okay Steve. It's still an asteroid.



With rings! Certainly a new discovery:)
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Message 1497823 - Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 12:46:16 UTC - in response to Message 1496734.  
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With rings! Certainly a new discovery:)

What's really interesting is how such rings can exist and how they were formed...

I would have expected sunlight and the solar wind to have dispersed them in a short enough time for us to likely never see such things... So what's the 'story' here I wonder... Asteroid shepherd moons?...


Space is vast and interesting!

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Message 1500048 - Posted: 5 Apr 2014, 6:27:29 UTC

It might not be an asteroid, but does a meteor count?

Skydiver narrowly misses getting hit by apparent meteor in midair.

*both high speed multi-frame image and video contained in link*

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