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‘Comet of the Century’ Promises Once-in-a-Life Spectacle

By |2017-01-13T21:53:12+03:00November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Uncommon Science, Universe|Tags: , , , |

The comet Ison, dubbed by the astronomers the “Comet of the Century”, will be observable in the northern hemisphere as it is getting closer to the Sun and promises a ‘once in a lifetime’ spectacle for skywatchers. The comet Ison weighs more than 3 billion pounds and is directed towards the Sun at a speed [...]

Fascinating Celestial Events to Enjoy This October

By |2017-01-13T21:53:30+03:00October 9th, 2013|Categories: Uncommon Science, Universe|Tags: , |

This year’s Orionid meteor shower is going to be a beautiful celestial show. However, it is only one of the fascinating celestial phenomena that we are expecting this October. The annual meeting of the Earth with falling stars that look like if they were coming from the Orion constellation will start on October 21 and [...]

Meteor Showers 2013: Sky-Watchers’ Guide

By |2017-01-13T21:53:37+03:00September 11th, 2013|Categories: Uncommon Science, Universe|Tags: , |

October 7, 2013 Draconid meteor shower Northern hemisphere is the best place to observe Drakonids. Contrary to the most other meteor showers, Draconids are best seen late in the evening, than early in the morning. Most of the time, this meteor shower is not very intense, although sometimes there are bursts when several hundred meteors [...]

Could the Chelyabinsk Meteorite Have Brought Extraterrestrial Life to Earth?

By |2017-01-13T21:54:29+03:00February 27th, 2013|Categories: Extraterrestrials & UFOs, Uncommon Science, Unexplained Mysteries, Universe|Tags: , |

Scientists presented the first results of the analysis of fragments of the meteorite that fell in the Chelyabinsk Region (Central Russia) about two weeks ago. Scientists managed to collect about 50 small fragments of the meteorite, sized few millimeters, in the Lake Chebarkul. With the help of modern supersensitive devices it became possible to determine [...]

Orionid meteor shower on October 21: amazing celestial event

By |2017-11-26T17:18:39+03:00October 19th, 2012|Categories: Uncommon Science, Universe|Tags: , |

Every year in mid to late October, Earth passes through a stream of dust which is debris from Halley Comet, and looking into the sky of dawn you can enjoy an amazing show of shooting stars. Forecasts expect 25 meteors per hour on October 21, 2012 with observing conditions that should be perfect. Since these [...]

Transit of Venus in June 2012: a lifetime chance for sky watchers

By |2017-11-26T17:17:10+03:00May 31st, 2012|Categories: Uncommon Science, Universe|Tags: , , , |

A rare alignment between Earth, Venus and the Sun allowed astronomers of the 17th and 18th century to calculate for the first time the precise distance of the Earth from the Sun. Now, astronomers around the world are preparing for the next transit of Venus that will take place on 5 and 6 June, 2012, [...]