A small Chinese commercial satellite has been detecting meteors impacting the atmosphere and even filming the aurora.
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.
By diligently tracing dashcam footage from a particularly spectacular fireball seen over central Europe in February 2020, a team of scientists hit pay dirt on three fragments of space rock.
The water flowing from a medieval fountain in the Italian village of Fontecchio bubbles with extraterrestrial effervescence.
The largest piece of Martian rock on Earth, weighing around 32 pounds, has gone on display for the first time, at a museum in Maine.
The annual Perseid meteor shower, one of the best displays of "shooting stars" this year, put on a spectacular show for skywatchers around the world.
The stunning Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight (Aug. 11) in what could well be the most brilliant "shooting star" display of the year.
There are plenty of opportunities to see the Perseid meteor shower at its peak this week, even if you can't see any "shooting stars" in person.
Fireballs blaze through the dark night sky in this NASA footage of the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Perseid meteors are already beginning to fall in a display that promises to dazzle skywatchers this month.
A fireball streaked across North Texas last night, leading to several hundred witness reports of a bright flash and sonic boom.
Scientists believe the ultra-fast object landed in a densely-forested area near the capital, Oslo. It could take up to ten years to find.
Meteor showers are the dazzling result of cometary debris building up along well-worn paths through the solar system, then burning up in Earth's atmosphere as our planet crosses that dust trail.
Scientists have spotted water in a primitive meteorite, expanding our understanding of the ancient solar system.
A probable fireball lit up the skies above the Minneapolis-St. Paul area early Sunday morning (May 9), at 3 a.m. local time, according to reports.
A never-before-seen meteor shower will sprinkle tiny pieces of comet dust over Earth's southernmost regions later this year.