The Perseid meteor shower will bring shooting stars to your neighborhood on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. You can get a preview of the spectacular show in this video.
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 annual Perseid meteor shower should put on a nice show this weekend — but a spectacular Perseid display appears to be in the cards five years from now.
The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the evening of Aug. 12 and before dawn on Aug. 13. The prolific shower is not one to be missed.
A fireball streaked across the skies above the southeastern United States in the early hours of Wednesday (Aug. 2) and was captured on film.
By modeling meteorite collisions, scientists from Yale University may have finally solved the puzzle of why some space rocks have unexpected magnetic fields.
The Perseid meteor shower, one of the most dependable annual showers, peaks on Aug. 12 and 13, and this year looks great for meteor watchers in North America.
Scientists are puzzled by an unusual rock that might've once launched from our planet into space before coming back home in one safe piece.
Over 100 different meteorite fragments collected by famed space rock hunter Geoffrey Notkin are currently up for bidding from Heritage Auctions.
Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb believes he has found pieces of the first known interstellar meteorite. But others have their doubts, and the debate is turning ugly.
The viral story of a French woman supposedly struck by a meteorite has been questioned by experts, who say the rock is likely of terrestrial origin.
One of the best meteor displays of the year will be visible soon: The Perseid Shower. But there also are a number of minor meteor displays that will be peaking in the next couple of weeks.
New observations of the sun have revealed never-before-seen meteor-like fireballs raining down as shooting stars on the surface of the sun.
The Geminid meteor shower, which happens every December, comes from a space rock with a comet-like tail. New research suggests a violent origin story.
An unusual green meteor recently exploded as it plummeted through the sky over Australia, giving off a brilliant flash of light that could be seen for miles.
The rock that struck a residential home in New Jersey earlier this week is a rare 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite, scientists confirmed on Thursday (May 11).
The mystery of how meteorites from Mars can reach Earth may have been solved, as scientists discover rocks can be hurled far from the Martian surface by giant impacts.
A meteorite crashed through the roof of a home in New Jersey on Monday (May 8). No one was injured by the space rock, which may be part of the ongoing Eta Aquarid meteor shower.
The annual Eta Lyrid meteor shower lasts from May 3 to May 14 this year and will produce its most prominent displays on Tuesday.
The peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower unfortunately coincided with a bright full moon, but there is still time to catch a few stragglers was we approach the new moon on May 19.
The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on Saturday (May 6) offering skywatchers the chance to see debris from Halley's Comet burn up in Earth's atmosphere.