Here's how many tiny and large space rocks hit the moon on a regular basis.
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.
Reference Our meteor shower calendar 2022 ensures you know where and when the most impressive meteor showers are occurring this year and how to view them.
A fireball that blazed through the skies over Papua New Guinea in 2014 was actually a fast-moving object from another star system
The Lyrid meteor shower 2022 will peak on the night of April 22, a typical shower displays between five and 20 meteors an hour at the peak.
Reference The Lyrids are a prominent meteor shower that peaks in April. The famous shower caused by Comet Thatcher has been observed for more than 2,700 years.
On Wednesday, March 30, residents in Bloomington, Indiana, and surrounding counties were literally shaken to attention by the sound of an exploding meteor.
Some stars travel at high speeds through the universe and sometimes leave spectacular clouds of dust and gas in their wake.
A meteor hurtling through Earth's atmosphere exploded over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on New Year's Day (Jan. 1).
Of the ten biggest annual meteor showers, just two could produce over 100 per hour: the December Geminids and the January Quadrantids, due to peak this Monday (Jan. 3).
The Ursid meteor shower of 2021 will peak overnight on Dec. 21 but don't expect a great meteor display.
The meteor shower was at its peak Monday (Dec. 13), but you can still catch a good sky show for a few days.
The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak tonight (Dec. 13), and you can watch the annual starry night display live online via NASA's Meteor Watch Facebook page.
Astronaut Sian Proctor says it's the first time humans deliberately let a space rock revisit its home.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks the night of Dec. 13-14. This guide tells you the best times and places to see these shooting stars (no equipment necessary).
The December Geminid meteor shower is usually considered the most satisfying of the annual meteor displays, but this year, the moon will put a damper on the spectacle.
In mid-November, the fickle Leonid meteor shower hits Earth once again. The annual shower will peak Nov. 16-17.