Asteroid 2013 TX68 close approach
Asteroid 2013 TX68 is due to make a close approach to Earth early this March, but scientists are not exactly sure just how close the space rock will come… Estimated to be around 30 metres (100 feet) in diameter, the NEO will zip past Earth on the 5th, passing us at a distance of between 17,700 km (11,000 miles) and 14.5 million km (9 million miles). [caption id="attachment_2077" align="alignnone" width="1200"] The possible locations for 2013
Bright Fireball over Pennsylvania, January 30th 2016
A large, particularly bright fireball streaked through the skies of Pennsylvania at the weekend, creating a bright display that could be seen for miles. The meteor was spotted on January 30th at around 6:16pm ET, with the majority of sightings reported in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, witnesses from Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ontario also claimed to have caught sight of the fireball as it
SSA-NEO Final Presentation Day 2016
Tomorrow, on the 2nd of February 2016, a Final Presentation Day event will be held at ESRIN in the Magellan meeting room. Featured will be a presentation of the results gathered from the NEO-related activities carried out within the framework of the ESA Space Situational Awareness Programme. Check out the agenda for the day here. A live stream will also be available here!
Christmas Eve Flyby – Asteroid 2003 SD220
The most recent asteroid to hit the headlines is 2003 SD220, which has been dubbed the Christmas Eve Asteroid by the press on account of its festive flyby date. Although the asteroid is due to come closest to Earth on the 24th December, there’s no cause for concern; it will still be 28.4 LD (Lunar Distances) away (that’s ~6,787,600 miles / ~11 million km!). [caption id="attachment_2053" align="aligncenter" width="543"] Asteroid 2003 SD220 [Image: Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF][/caption]Recent observations