Space science

Antarctica: Turkish scholar collects 10,000 meteoroids

A Turkish scientist has collected over 10,000 micrometeoroids in Antarctica for astronomical research.

Working from the Belgian Antarctica base, Mehmet Yeşiltaş said that he focused on micrometeoroids with his Belgian and Japanese counterparts.

Yeşiltaş said researchers first began to collect micrometeoroids this year, with samples from mountains in the continent's east.

Solar Orbiter blasts off to capture first look at sun's poles

Europe and NASA's Solar Orbiter rocketed into space on Feb. 9 night on an unprecedented mission to capture the first pictures of the sun's elusive poles.

"We're on the way to the sun. Go Solar Orbiter!" said Cesar Garcia Marirrodriga, project manager for the European Space Agency. "It's a fantastic moment ... it's like, well, we're unstoppable."

NASA: A Potentially Dangerous Asteroid is Approaching the Earth

A potentially dangerous asteroid with a diameter of 440 to 990 meters is approaching Earth, according to NASA's website.

According to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a celestial body with the number 163373 will approach the Earth at a minimum distance of February 15.

A 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in Samokov, the Quake was also Felt in Sofia

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale was felt in Bulgaria. This was reported by the European Seismic Center.

The epicentre of the quake is 61 km south of Sofia, 20 km south of Samokov and 37 km northeast of Blagoevgrad.

The depth of the quake is 2 km.

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of Equatorial Guinea

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale has been reported off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake was registered at 3:25 PM GMT.

The epicentre is located 172 km from Bata at a depth of 10 kilometers.

There is no information on possible casualties and destruction.

Mild 3.9-magnitude quake in Corinth is felt in Athens

A mild earthquake, measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, struck the sea bed in the Corinthian Gulf shortly before 12.30 p.m. on Monday, but was felt in the Greek capital.

According to the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, the temblor struck at 12.24 p.m. some 33 kilometers southeast of Galaxidi. 

The quake had a depth of 17.5 kilometers.