Closest Comet in 246 Years Approaches ~ link ~ Comets historically herald wars and major events ... let's hope this one is positive! Stirling
A pair of comets showing very similar orbits are approaching Earth. While both will pass at a safe distance, one of them will have a record-breakingly close flyby.
Astronomers Matthey Knight, Michael S. P. Kelley and Silvia Protopapa detected the tail on object “2016 BA14” using the Discovery Channel Telescope, which is operated by the Lowell Observatory. Did comet 252P split in two? We may find out soon.
Comet P/2016 BA14 (Pan-STARRS) will safely pass Earth on March 22,2016, passing even closer than comet 252P. Comet P/2016 BA14 flyby will be at just 2,199,933 miles (3.5 million km) or about 9 lunar distances, which is very close for a comet. In fact, this comet – P/2016 BA14 – will set a record as the third-closest known comet to pass our planet in recorded history.
100' Wide Asteroid TX68 safely passed Earth late Monday night a bit earlier than the most recent projections suggested it would ~ link ~
We can all breathe a sigh of relief. A 100-foot wide asteroid whizzed by the Earth on Monday night and (obviously) avoided a collision with our fair planet. Asteroid 2013 TX68 made its closest approach to Earth at about 7 p.m. ET Monday, according to Laurie Cantillo, a spokeswoman for NASA.
NASA has not yet determined how close TX68 came to Earth, but Rob Landis, a program officer at NASA headquarters, said if the night sky was clear in the west and over Hawaii, NASA should be able to "nail down the orbit."
The asteroid is about 100 feet in diameter, according to NASA. Comparatively, the asteroid that broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, three years ago — damaging buildings and injuring more than 1,000 people — was 65 feet wide. "If an asteroid the size of 2013 TX68 were to enter Earth's atmosphere, it would likely produce an air burst with about twice the energy of the Chelyabinsk event," NASA said.
The Eclipse from Space ~ link ~ WOW