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Geminids Meteor Shower To Peak Late In Evening Over Bay Area Skies

A meteor shower will peak over Bay Area skies next Sunday.

12/04/2014

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Leonids Meteor Shower Returning To Bay Area Skies

The Leonids shower could produce several displays of activity with up to 100 meteors per hour.

11/04/2014

This NASA image is the projected flight path of 2014 RC. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Recently Discovered Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth Sunday Night

NASA says the space rock — known as 2014 RC — will pass closest to earth above New Zealand around 11:18 a.m. Sunday. The asteroid is estimated at roughly 60 feet wide. It was first discovered on August 31st by researchers near Tucson, according to NASA.

09/05/2014

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StarDate: Ceres, The Watery Asteroid

Ceres is the solar system’s largest asteroid — a big ball of rock and ice about 600 miles wide, orbiting the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. But astronomers recently discovered that Ceres is probably behaving a bit like a comet: some of its ice is vaporizing in the heat of the Sun.

05/02/2014

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Bay Area Viewers Attempt Glimpse Of Passing Asteroid

According to Oakland-based Chabot Space and Science Center astronomer Ben Burress, the asteroid missed Earth by about 17,230 miles, closer than many of earth’s satellites.

02/15/2013

A meteor (L) from the Geminids meteor shower enters the Earth's atmosphere. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

SF Fundraising Begins To Build Warning System For Asteroid Threats

Sentinel, a massive infrared space telescope to be privately financed by the B612 Foundation, would hover in space anywhere from 30 million to 100 million miles from Earth looking for large asteroids on a trajectory for home.

06/28/2012

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