An Illinois police officer on a routine trip earlier this month saw a fireball suddenly light up the sky in front of the car's dashboard camera.
Meteors, also known as shooting stars, are pieces of dust and debris from space that burn up in Earth's atmosphere, where they can create bright streaks across the night sky. When Earth passes through the dusty trail of a comet or asteroid's orbit, the many streaks of light in the sky are known as a meteor shower. Particularly large chunks of material can create an extra-bright fireball streak, but most meteors are still small enough to entirely burn up in Earth's atmosphere. If a meteor makes it to Earth it's known as a meteorite. Before they hit atmosphere the objects are called meteoroids.
Visit the right patch of desert along the border of Libya and Egypt, and you could stumble on pieces of pale yellow glass, the traces of a meteorite impact that took place 29 million years ago.
Swirling Martian sand dunes are covered with carbon-dioxide frost and dust in this new image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Look toward the water jar of the constellation Aquarius after midnight this Sunday morning to catch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower.
A meteorite smashed into the moon's surface at some 38,000 miles per hour (61,000 kilometers per hour) while our lunar neighbor was in total eclipse in January, a new report reveals.
The first meteor to hit Earth from interstellar space — and the second observed interstellar visitor overall — may have just been discovered, a new study finds.
Researchers have found a piece of a comet — an object made up of ice and dust — inside of a space rock known as a stony meteorite.
A bright green fireball east of Tallahassee, Florida sparked nearly 250 witness reports for the American Meteor Society across several states.
NASA's Terra satellite captured striking views of the meteor that exploded over the Bering Sea on Dec. 18, 2018.
Hundreds or millions of years after a meteorite smashes into Earth, researchers are left analyzing the impact site to figure out what happened.
The moon is shrouded by darkness and then re-emerges with dynamic color and activity in a new time-lapse video featuring this past weekend's total lunar eclipse.
There's a new satellite in space, and it was put there to drop "meteors" over the city of Hiroshima.
Japan launched seven spacecraft to Earth orbit today (Jan. 17), including a little satellite designed to create dazzling artificial meteor showers.
Asteroid impacts have a bad reputation here on Earth — it's the dinosaurs' signature public relations victory — but it's the moon that really bears the scars of living in our messy neighborhood.
A Japanese Epsilon rocket will launch a suite of seven experimental satellites this evening (Jan. 17), including one little cubesat that will test out creating artificial meteors.