The Quadrantid meteor shower is considered one of the best to view all year. Here's how to maximize your chances of seeing shooting stars.
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 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).
It's still unclear why a Russian Soyuz spacecraft at the International Space Station sprang a leak last week, but one suspect has been ruled out: a strike by a Geminid meteor.
The Ursid meteor shower peaks tonight (Dec. 22 into the morning of Dec. 23), offering the last shooting stars of the year.
The moon will be at new moon phase on Dec. 23 when the Ursid meteor shower reaches its peak, meaning it won't provide any hindrance at all for meteor watching.
A rocky meteoroid that exploded over Canada last year was more extraordinary than it first seemed: it originated from the outer solar system, where scientists thought only icy bodies exist.
A more low-key meteor shower than the Geminids, the Ursid meteor shower begins on Saturday, Dec. 17, and last throughout the Christmas period.
One of the most spectacular showers of the year,, the Geminid meteor shower, peaked tonight and avid skywatchers all over the world were able to capture the spectacle.
The Geminid meteor shower will peak overnight tonight (Dec. 13 and Dec. 14), producing anywhere from 60 to 120 meteors per hour.
Skywatchers willing to brave the cold of mid-December can catch the peak of the Geminid meteor shower on Wednesday (Dec. 14).
The Geminid meteor shower is predicted to reach its peak before dawn next Wednesday morning (Dec. 14).
New research solves the puzzle of how amino acids formed within space rocks that bombarded Earth during the violent early epoch of the solar system.
Meteorites that fall to Earth are ancient time capsules, and scientists who merged two imaging techniques may be able to tell us if and how they brought water to Earth.
The minerals were found inside a slice of the El Ali meteorite, which was discovered in Somalia in 2020.
The Leonid meteor shower, created when the Earth passes through dust left behind by the Comet Tempel-Tuttle, peaks on Thurs to Fri, Nov. 17 to Nov. 18.
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.
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.
The Ursid meteor shower of 2021 will peak overnight on Dec. 21 but don't expect a great meteor display.
There is one more meteor shower to consider before we close the book on 2020: the December Ursid meteor shower, which usually occurs during the overnight hours of Dec. 21-22.
The Geminid meteor shower, which will likely be the very best meteor display of the year, is just around the corner, predicted to peak late on Sunday night (Dec. 13).