Eddie Irizarry

No, asteroid 2006 QV89 won’t strike Earth in September

There’ve been scare stories online this month about asteroid 2006 QV89, a space rock that’ll pass closest to Earth on September 9, 2019. Should you be scared? Heck no.

Video: Asteroid 1999 KW4 as it swept past

It wasn’t visible to the eye, but some telescope users in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere caught it at its May 25 closest approach. Now Northern Hemisphere observers will get their chance. Charts here, and check out this cool video!

Video still of April 6, 2019 meteor.

Another asteroid disintegrates over Russia

A bright meteor was caught in many dashcam videos – in broad daylight – on April 6, 2019, over the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. See a video compilation here.

Line-drawing illustration of the passage of 2019 FC1.

Speedy asteroid buzzed Earth last week, 1 day before being detected

A small asteroid – now designated as 2019 FC1 – flew closer to us than the moon on March 28, 2019. Astronomers detected it 1 day later. It’s the largest of 14 asteroids to pass closer to us than the moon since 2019 began.

Woot! 4,001 exoplanets and counting 

The Exoplanet Team, led by the Observatoire de Paris, announced this week that the list of known exoplanets – planets orbiting distant stars – has grown to 4,001!

Irregular space rock in foreground, Earth in background.

Small asteroid to sweep closer than moon’s distance

The house-sized asteroid – designated 2019 EA2 – will pass safely by our planet on the night of March 21-22, 2019.

Eclipse shows moon move in reverse

Check out this interesting eclipse of the sun by Earth’s moon on March 6. A NASA spacecraft saw it. During the eclipse, the moon appears to reverse its direction!

Cuba meteor seen from the air

On February 1, 2019, a small asteroid – thought to be the size of a van – disintegrated over Viñales, Cuba. Many caught the meteor and its smoke trail from the ground. Cruz María Ruiz caught them from an airplane.

Fast comet closest to Earth this week

Fast-moving comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) will pass closest to us – 28 million miles away – on February 12. Charts and more here.

Small asteroid disintegrates over Cuba in daylight

The space rock traveled over West Palm Beach, above the Florida Keys, and then to Viñales, a town in Pinar del Río, Cuba. It left a smoke trail seen by many. Images and video here.