Scientists have produced various models of the Leonid meteor shower and all of them are indicating that the Earth will intersect a few "rivers of rubble" left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle this year.
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.
The Taurid meteor shower created as Earth passes through debris left behind by the comet Encke peaks on Saturday Nov. 12 with an increased opportunity to see a bright fireball erupt in the sky.
Reference The Geminid meteor shower peaks the night of Dec. 13-14. Our guide tells you the best times and places to see the Geminids (no equipment necessary).
Reference The 2023 Lyrid meteor shower will occur between April 16-25 and peak on the night of April 22. A typical shower displays between five and 20 meteors per hour.
Reference The Leonid meteor shower is active between Nov. 3 and Dec. 2 and will peak on Nov. 17-18, producing up to 15 meteors per hour.
During a one-week time frame extending from Nov. 5th through Nov. 12, the Taurid meteor shower will be most active.
The detection of a toxin that makes humans and pigs vomit could solve the lingering 100-year-old mystery surrounding the pristine Martian meteorite nicknamed "Lafayette."
The Orionid meteor shower lit up the skies around the world in 2022, and luckily many of our readers were able to catch wonderful images of the "shooting stars."
Meteor-hunting methods could be adapted to hunt for dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up around 85% of the universe's matter but remains invisible.
The Orionid meteor shower peaks overnight tonight (Oct. 21), so get outside and see some fireballs streak through the atmosphere.
For a few days centered on Oct. 21st each year, the Earth sweeps through a swarm of meteoroids known as the Orionids; widely scattered debris shed by the most famous of all comets, Halley's Comet.
Reference Our meteor showers 2023 calendar will tell you everything you need to know about upcoming meteor showers, including where and when to see them.
The peak of the Draconid meteor shower, which appears to originate from the constellation Draco, will sadly be outshined by the full Hunter's Moon.
Strange, dark-veined meteorites rained down on Earth when a fireball exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013.
Reference The Orionid meteor shower peaks between Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 and is visible until early November. We explore the annual shower in more detail here.
The October Camelopardalids are somewhat mysterious in that astronomers aren't quite sure what their origin is.
Reference The Taurid meteor shower is composed of two streams known as the Southern Taurids and the Northern Taurids. We explore this impressive shower in more detail here.
Reference The Draconid meteor shower peaks around Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. Here we explore what the Draconids are, where they are found and how you can see them.