Is Saturn Saving the Day?

Feb 09

Jupiter is often cited as Earth’s protector — but Saturn may actually be hero of the day.

Jupiter may not be the “planetary shield” that many scientists make the gas giant out to be. Instead, new simulations suggest that Saturn may play a crucial role in steering asteroids away from Earth. Saturn Shield The “Jupiter as a shield” concept arose from

Asteroid Day Press Conference February 14, 2017

Feb 08

asteroid day press conference february 14 Asteroid Day to Announce Increased Global Support and Preview 2017 Events at February 14 Press Conference – Live from Luxembourg City, Berlin, Silicon Valley, Bucharest and London. TIME: 2.30PM – 3.30PM CET | 08.30AM – 9.30AM EST Web Access: http://asteroidday.org/pressconference LONDON (February 8, 2017) – Asteroid Day, a rising global movement to protect our planet, families, communities, and future

Brilliant Fireball Streaks Over U.S.

Feb 07

A brilliant, bright-green meteor blazed through the sky just north of Milwaukee, in U.S., early in the morning of Feb. 6

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Credit: Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The meteor streaked across the sky around 1:25 a.m., and likely

Why so many asteroid close approaches lately?

Feb 06

Every month about 40 known or recently discovered asteroids come within 0.05 astronomical units, or about 19 lunar radii, from our planet. In some cases, such as in the month of December 2016, four or even five objects reach their closest approach distance on the same day. Clusters of asteroid flybys often attracts the interest of the media and of the public, but are these occurrences unusual? Upon applying statistical considerations to the present discovery