A wispy layer of mesospheric clouds illuminates Earth's atmosphere in this photo taken from the International Space Station.
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.
Small chunks of mineral studding the interiors of space rocks could help scientists pinpoint when the solar system began to form.
A never-seen-before extraterrestrial mineral was lurking inside a meteorite found nearly 70 years ago.
Viewing prospects for this year's Perseid meteor shower were not ideal, but that didn't stop the annual "shooting star" display from putting on a great show!
The annual Perseid meteor shower, one of the most highly anticipated meteor showers of the year, peaked overnight on Aug. 12-13. See photos of the spectacular "shooting star" display here!
One of the year's brightest meteor showers is about to take flight. If you face cloudy or light-polluted skies at home, however, never fear — the Perseids will also be streamed online.
August is regarded as "meteor month" with the appearance of one of the best displays of the year: the annual performance of the Perseid meteor shower, the most famous of all meteor showers.
The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks every August and is often the most dazzling meteor display of the year.
The American Museum of Natural History has just finished sprucing up its Halll of Meteorites to highlight a new era of sample-return missions and a new museum acquisition, a lunar meteorite.
Tonight, the Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids meteor showers will share the night sky in a spectacular double meteor shower.
Anyone gazing at the summer night sky for even a short length of time is likely to spot a few "shooting stars" darting across the sky.
A fireball as bright as the full moon streaked across the Canadian province of Ontario early Wednesday (July 24), possibly throwing meteorites to Earth along the way.
Tiny glass pearls found inside fossilized clams are likely a sign that a meteorite made a sizeable splash near the ancient Florida peninsula, according to a team of researchers.
Even though cyanide is a deadly poison for humans, scientists have found that its presence in meteorites may help us to better understand life itself.
Next month, astronomers will scan the Beta Taurid meteor shower in search of asteroids that might someday threaten a potentially catastrophic collision with Earth.
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