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Today, a small asteroid, 2014RC, passed within about a tenth of the moon’s distance from Earth. This asteroid was only discovered a week ago. There was no danger, according to experts, the asteroid did not enter our atmosphere but at its closest it will be about 25,000 miles away. This distance is nearly the same distance as geosynchronous weather and communication satellites. Asteroid 2014 RC will be roughly over New Zealand when it’s closest. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Researchers say that this close approach creates a unique opportunity for them to observe and learn more about asteroids.
Do you ever wonder what might have happened if this asteroid had come closer and actually entered our atmosphere? On February 15, 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor streaked across the Russian sky. This asteroid was approximately as large as 2014RC. Eyewitnesses stated that the Russian asteroid was brighter than the sun as it streaked across the sky. They also felt intense heat from the fireball. Coming within approximately 15 miles of Earth, the Chelyabinsk meteor created a shock wave that broke windows in over 7000 buildings in six different Russian cities.
So just how close would today’s asteroid have to come to enter our atmosphere? To cause a streak in the sky like the Chelyabinsk meteor, the asteroid would have to encounter the lower part of Earth’s atmosphere. This part of the atmosphere, the troposphere, is where most of our weather happens. This layer of atmosphere is within about 7 miles of Earth’s surface. The outer atmosphere, the stratosphere, goes up only to about 29 miles. The 2014EC meteor passed by at approximately 25,000 miles. The orbit of this meteor will bring it back to our neighborhood in the future with another relatively close approach to Earth on September 8-9, 2115.
It is not uncommon for meteors to find their way into our vicinity. Earlier in 2014, there were two other meteors that passed by Earth at a closer distance than today’s meteor. This is a fascinating and exciting field of work to explore if you are interested in studying the universe. For those who appreciate the constellations and our universe in general, you might want to consider checking out our amazing Mova Globe collection. Our constellation globe is a dramatic and beautiful addition to any office or home.
The month of August means many things to many people. It signifies the end of summer for many students returning to school; a month to travel for many vacationers; and it is becoming known as one of the most amazing months to witness the wonders of our universe. This August boasts many astronomical phenomena to thrill star-gazers of all ages. Among these awesome sights is the Perseid meteor shower, a supermoon and the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Venus.
Many of you probably noticed our exceptionally large and bright full moon yesterday. This ‘Supermoon’ is defined as a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. Yesterday was the 4th supermoon of 2014 and the closest occurrence of the year. Hopefully, you were all able to experience the beauty of this sight. The only downside of this event is that it is coinciding with the Perseid meteor shower but you might still be able to see some of the shower by viewing between midnight and dawn and staying away from city lights.
The Perseid meteors can be seen every August because that is when Earth crosses the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris from this comet vaporizes in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and the result lights up the night sky with streaking Perseid meteors. This meteor shower lasts several days and will peak during the nights of August 11-13. At its peak, the shower consists of 50-100 meteors per hour.
The final cool astronomical event happening this August is the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. People in the eastern United States will be able to enjoy a rare occurrence when these two planets will be only 12 arc minutes apart, which is less than half the width of the full moon. That’s under half the width of your little finger held out at arm’s length. If you are in a favorable location simply look eastward an hour or more before sunrise, starting in the days before mid-August. If you watch every morning, you will notice that Jupiter will edge closer and closer to Venus until they reach their closest on August 18th.
If you enjoy astronomy, then you will love our beautiful Mova globes. Each Mova globe is not only a stunning piece of art but as you take it out of the box you understand that it is not your typical globe. As the ambient light in the room shines on the globe you will begin to notice that it actually spins! Right in your hand or on the desk or anywhere there is light. There are no batteries or cords to plug in – this globe will silently spin as long as there is even a small amount of light in the room. Check out the amazing Jupiter and Venus planet globes and all the other globes in our collection!
Hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world watched with anticipation the final match of the FIFA World Cup played today in Brazil. The teams were world class, one from Germany and one from Argentina. Who would be the victor? Even in the United States where interest in soccer is still in its infancy, there were viewing parties and lots of excitement. In the end, it would be Germany that would take home that golden trophy and Argentina would leave the field heartbroken. I think the most meaningful feelings that I took away from this competition was the sportsmanship and kindness shown between teams, fans and even countries. It is nice to know that we are still exciting to see the outcome of a game where we are no longer competing. Just as the Olympics brings out national pride, I feel that the 2014 World Cup brought us all a little closer together.
Because of my son’s interest in the game of soccer, I found myself watching and actually enjoying several matches this year. Back a few days ago during the semi-finals, we have all seen the touching photo of the Brazilian fan who was so sad after their defeat that he cried but even in his despair he offered up his world cup replica trophy to a fan of the winning German team. This kindness is something that we yearn for as humans. A simple act that speaks to us all, no matter our language. I congratulate all of the players from all the teams and especially the champion team from Germany.
During these times when the world seems to come together, it is easy to see what we all have in common instead of our differences. To that end, it is also a time to celebrate ourselves in the universe. Our universe is vast, colorful and dynamic. To celebrate our universe, we are proud to carry the incredibly unique and memorable Mova Globes! These globes are more than just beautiful, they remind us of the magic all around us. We now carry all of the planet globes in the impressive 6 inch size! Check out these amazing globes today!!
Recently a new icy planet currently named, 2012 VP113, has been discovered on the outermost borders of our solar system. Its orbit around the sun is so large that it has evaded detection for decades. In fact, astronomers theorize there could be as many as one hundred other planets the same distance from the sun, but have yet to be seen by the human eye. Currently there are eight planets, unless you include Pluto, something my son vehemently does, but there is still so much waiting to be discovered.
If you are interested in astronomy like I am then you would love our Mova Globes. In particular, our Venus Mova Globe captures the amazing and splendorous forms the planets of our solar system can embody. Take a few minutes to browse our selection of globes – you will not be disappointed!
Globalization, like almost anything, has its pros and cons. Yet, what I believe trumps all else is this phenomenon’s profoundly positive impact on people’s ability to become acquainted with the rest of the world. This newly formed global society has an even greater ability to encourage and spread kindness than ever before in history.
It only seems appropriate that while writing this blog about globalization that I am next to my new Mova Earth Globe. It epitomizes the interwoven fabric of this global society. I first acquired my Mova Earth Globe for two main reasons: that it in itself is a technological achievement, and that it constantly reminds myself that I am not only an American citizen, but a citizen of this world. After all, we are all under one roof.