Scientists led by Ted Bunch found melted ceramics and bricks in layer of debris in archaeological site Tall el-Hammam in Jordan. According to their new study it points to destruction of this bronz age town by an asteroid. Tall el-Hammam is one of the candidate places, that are described in the Bible as Sodom, which was destroyed by God for the sinful ways of its inhabitants.
The Bible describes fire falling from the sky during the destruction. The new study suggests, that the falling fire might have been caused by an explosion of asteroid in atmosphere over the city. Similar event was recorded over Siberia in 1908.
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Astronomers discovered a small moon in orbit of Polymele asteroid, one of the targets of the space probe Lucy. The spacecraft is set to fly through the system in 5 years.
(7335) 1989 JA is the biggest asteroid that will visit Earth’s vicinity this year. It will pass Earth safely on Friday. In the closest point it will still be 10 times further than the Moon. The asteroid is estimated to be 1,8 km across (1,1 miles).
Unusually big comet C/2014 UN271 (also called Bernardinelli-Bernstein) is coming to the inner solar system from the Oort cloud. Analysis of its orbit shows that the perihelion (furthest point from the Sun) could be as far as 7 144 AU. In 2031 it should come at the closest point to the Sun - to about 11 AU. Astronomers currently estimate size of C/2014 UN271 to be about 200 km across.