Artic air blew the clouds away giving us a chance to view stars again. Observed Orion then Saturn. It was Cold last night.
There are no Fireball events in our Sky but there have been several sightings posted on the Net. There are two noted here from Spaceweather:
Jan 26, STRANGE ASTEROID: Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 BD is slowly passing by Earth today only 400,000 miles away. The small 10m-wide space rock poses no threat, but it merits attention anyway. The orbit of 2009 BD appears to be almost identical to the orbit of Earth. 2009 BD may be a rare co-orbital asteroid, circling the sun in near-tandem with our planet. Extrapolating the motion of 2009 BD into the future, we see that it remains in the vicinity of Earth for many months to come, never receding farther than 0.1 AU (9.3 million miles) until Nov. 2010. Future observations may reveal the nature of this strange asteroid; stay tuned! [3D orbit] [ephemeris]
NAMIBIA FIREBALL: Last night, Jan. 27th, around 2105 local time in Namibia, sky watchers witnessed a slow, bright fireball that disintegrated into "thousands of lights, almost like fireworks," says Crone Bergh of Windhoek. Fragments of "various sizes [appeared to be on fire] and left white smoke trails in the air," adds J.C. Vorster, also of Windhoek. This was probably the expected reentry of a Russian Molniya-M rocket, which launched a military satellite in Dec. 2008. The ground track of the decaying rocket passed over Namibia in a direction that fits the description of the witnesses. Readers, if you saw or photographed this event, please submit a report.
There was a video of a Fireball in Scandinavia posted January 17
The Centaur Dreams Blog posted some interesting data in the "Crowed Inner System" Posted after the January Fireball.
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