Reference The Eta Aquarid meteor shower from late April to mid-May offers a long stretch of spectacular "shooting stars" that even a casual observer can spot in the night sky.
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.
Astronomers observing the strange "rock comet" hybrid Phaethon as it passed the sun have found a surprise that could upend 14 years of thinking about the weird asteroid.
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight on Saturday (April 22), offering skywatchers the opportunity to spot some fast and bright meteors as they streak through the night sky.
The Lyrids are an annual display of fairly fast meteors that may be seen any night from April 16 to 25.
Reference The 2024 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.
The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel is offering a hefty reward for anyone who can produce a significant fragment of a fallen meteorite.
Geologists have discovered the earliest evidence of a meteoroid collision with Earth: tiny fragments of melted rock that showered down on our planet 3.48 billion years ago.
The annual meteor shower known as the Gamma Normids peaks this year on March 15, providing a challenging target for patient Southern Hemisphere skywatchers.
Japanese astronomer Daichi Fujii captured the telltale flash of a meteorite impacting the moon, causing a brief flash on our celestial neighbor's nightside.
The meteoroid was traveling about 27,000 mph (43,452 kph) when it struck the atmosphere, exploding into smaller pieces — some of which hit the ground.
The Winchcombe meteorite was collected mere hours after it fell, but researchers have found that it was already contaminated with earthly minerals, including common table salt.
On Feb. 15, 2003, a meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, showing why we need better methods of detecting and tracking near-Earth asteroids.
The annual meteor shower Alpha-Centaurids peaks on Wednesday (Feb. 8) as Earth passes through a cloud of debris left by an unknown comet - but only for skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Scientists have returned from Antarctica with an impressive haul of meteorites, including a near-17-pound monster.
The annual Ursae Minorid meteor shower which began on Jan. 15 peaks on Thursday, Jan. 19, with the meteors best seen when the constellation Ursa Minor is high above the horizon.
Amino acids, the building blocks of life, have been found in the nearly pristine Winchcombe meteorite.
Scientists have discovered a wealth of organic compounds within a Martian meteorite, which could help researchers discover if Mars could have hosted life.
Reference The Ursid meteor shower will peak on Dec. 22-23 and is active between Dec. 17-26. Our guide tells you how and where you can spot the Ursid display.
Reference The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on January 3-4 and is active between Dec. 28 and Jan. 12. Our guide tells you how and where you can see the Quadrantid display.
The bright moon will interfere with the 2023 Quadrantid meteor shower this year, limiting the shooting star display.