A Soyuz rocket that will launch three people to the International Space Station tomorrow (July 20) stands tall on the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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.
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.
April 26, 1803 was an unusual day in the small town of L'Aigle in Normandy, France — it rained rocks.
Rocky was napping in a doghouse in Costa Rica on April 23 when a small meteorite punctured the roof. The dog was fine, but couldn't hope to match scientists' interest in fetching the stray meteorite.
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.
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.
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.
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