Recent Astronomical Events, 2019

The study of Astronomy is a remarkable branch of science. New discoveries and exciting events are constantly transpiring. In recent months, there have been many notable occurrences taking place in the study of the extraterrestrial.

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Recent Astronomical Events, 2019

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Olivia Harris, Journalist

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The study of Astronomy is a remarkable branch of science. New discoveries and exciting events are constantly transpiring. In recent months, there have been many notable occurrences taking place in the study of the extraterrestrial.

On May 13th, 2019, Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, was recorded flashing 75 times brighter than is typical. Sagittarius A* has been observed by scientists for 20 years. This is by far the greatest change in luminosity recorded from the supermassive black hole. This increase in brightness occurred over two hours before returning to normal. Some astronomers speculate that a change in gas flow due to a star passing near Sagittarius A* is what prompted the sudden flare. However, no one knows for certain.

Recently, the orbit of a large asteroid, named Asteroid FT3, has been predicted to pass near Earth in October. The chances of this asteroid colliding with Earth are very small. However, if Asteroid FT3, weighing 55,000,000,000 kilograms, were to hit Earth, the results would be disastrous. While Asteroid FT3 is extremely unlikely to come in contact with Earth, it drew attention to the fact that eventually, an extraterrestrial object will collide with our planet, and we currently have no means of defending ourselves. Scientists are searching for ways to solve this problem.

Another exciting event that took place recently was the Perseids. On August 12th of this year, the annual meteor shower reached its peak. The Perseid meteor shower is visible every year during the summer and is especially prominent in the Northern Hemisphere. In October, another annual meteor shower known as the Orionids will be visible. The Orionids will reach their peak around October 20th-22nd.

Astronomy is an amazing science with many important questions that need answering. We are constantly witnessing fascinating phenomena, and making new discoveries about the universe in which we exist.

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