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Fireball over the Swiss Alps

Fireball over the Swiss Alps

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Ivo Scheggia] A few days ago, a bright fireball was photographed from the Alps mountain range in Switzerland as it blazed across the sky. The fireball, likely from the Taurids meteor shower, was notable not only for how bright it was, but for the rare orange light it created […]

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Comet dust over central Texas

Comet dust over central Texas

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Jared Tennant Dusty debris from periodic Comet Swift-Tuttle was swept up by planet Earth this week. Vaporized by their passage through the dense atmosphere at 59 kilometers per second, the tiny grains produced a stream of Perseid meteors. A bright, colorful Perseid meteor flash was captured during this 20 […]

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The Perseids meteor shower, Aug. 13, 2015

The Perseids meteor shower, Aug. 13, 2015

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Heaven above, North Korea below

Heaven above, North Korea below

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / Jia Hao] Known in the north as a winter meteor shower, the 2014 Geminids rain down on this rugged, frozen landscape. The scene was recorded from the summit of Mt. Changbai along China’s northeastern border with North Korea as a composite of digital frames capturing bright meteors near […]

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Looking down on the Perseid meteor shower from space

Looking down on the Perseid meteor shower from space

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION / Ron Garan, ISS Expedition 28 Crew, NASA [People on] planet Earth typically watch meteor showers by looking up. But this remarkable view, captured on August 13, 2011 by astronaut Ron Garan, caught a Perseid meteor by looking down. From Garan’s perspective onboard the International Space Station orbiting at […]

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Battered moon syndrome: Meteror impact’s flash lasted 8 seconds

Battered moon syndrome: Meteror impact’s flash lasted 8 seconds

Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a mass of about half a tonne crashing into the lunar surface last September. They say the collision would have generated a flash of light so bright that it would have been visible from Earth. … “This is the largest, brightest impact we have ever observed on the Moon,” […]

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A beautiful Russian sunrise after a bone-rattling close encounter

A beautiful Russian sunrise after a bone-rattling close encounter

Click on image for high resolution (Credit: Marat Ahmetvaleev) Each day on planet Earth can have a serene beginning at sunrise as the sky gently grows bright over a golden eastern horizon. This sunrise panorama seems to show such a moment on the winter morning of February 15. In the mist, a calm, mirror-like stretch […]

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Did a UFO sacrifice itself to stop meteor catastrophe?

Did a UFO sacrifice itself to stop meteor catastrophe?

International Business Times In a twist to the Urals meteor strike in Russia, new footage has sparked claims that the space rock was blown up by a UFO. In reports from the remote part of Russia where the meteor exploded in February, ufologists claimed they have discovered video evidence that shows the rock being struck […]

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Evidence suggests naturally-occurring quasicrystals had extraterrestrial origins

Evidence suggests naturally-occurring quasicrystals had extraterrestrial origins

Results from an expedition to far eastern Russia that set out to find the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals have provided convincing evidence that they arrived on Earth from outer space. Writing in IOP Publishing’s journal Reports on Progress in Physics, Paul J Steinhardt and Luca Bindi reveal that new, naturally occurring quasicrystal samples have […]

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A view, from space, of the Perseid meteor shower

A view, from space, of the Perseid meteor shower

[FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, CLICK ON IMAGE.] Denizens of planet Earth watched last year’s Perseid meteor shower by looking up into the bright moonlit night sky. But this remarkable view captured on August 13, 2011 by astronaut Ron Garan looks down on a Perseid meteor. From Garan’s perspective onboard the International Space Station orbiting at an […]