Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rare Fireball Meteor caught on Camera

AN asteroid about the size of a bus shaved by Earth on Friday in what spacewatchers described as a "near-miss," though experts were not concerned about the possibility of an impact. The asteroid, named 2012 BX34, measured between six and 19 metres in diameter, said Gareth Williams, associate director of the US-based Minor Planet Center which tracks space objects. Read more

Last week, scientists at Brown University's Ladd Observatory noticed something very unusual showing up on their overnight sky camera.
The skies in Providence were clear on January 19 when a fireball meteor appeared around 3 a.m.

The camera, mounted on the roof of Observatory rolls overnight automatically and often records expected meteor showers. But this one was a pleasant surprise."
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