An asteroid demolition derby took place between 7.8 million and 11.7 million years after the birth of the solar system.
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.
"Shooting stars" from a new meteor shower lit up the night sky in a dazzling display, even if it wasn't a "meteor storm" some stargazers hoped for.
If you're hoping to see the potential tau Herculids meteor shower, NASA advises you to check the weather and be ready for the unexpected.
A potential meteor shower may emerge from Hercules tonight (May 31-31). Keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed.
A free Virtual Telescope Project webcast will stream live views of the potential meteor storm from the tau Herculids meteor shower overnight on May 30-31.
A blast of new meteors may emerge during a tau Herculid meteor shower on May 30 and 31, but that's not a sure thing.
"Shooting stars" from the tau Herculids meteor shower may be visible late this month, but you might want to listen for them instead.
This weekend, Earthlings might be treated to the sight of a new meteor shower. Astronomers certainly hope it happens.
Occasionally, Earth runs through a particularly narrow, dense clump of debris, resulting in a meteor storm.
Meteor storms can contain thousands of meteors an hour. Here, we take a look at some of history's greatest meteor storms dating back to the late 18th century.
Dust particles produced by the largest comet outburst ever detected will be visible even to amateur ground-based telescopes this summer, a study found.
Space.com columnist Joe Rao will talk about the upcoming lunar eclipse potential meteor outburst in a series of virtual talks.
Meteor streaks delighted skywatchers this weekend as the Earth passed through the dust trail of Halley's Comet in an annual meteor shower display.
Early risers can catch as many as 30 meteors an hour, weather permitting, during an overnight shower peaking Friday (May 6).
May offers an unusual skywatching bounty: the possibility of two major celestial highlights occurring within the span of a single month.
Do you remember Halley's Comet? The last time this famous object was visible was in 1986, 36 years ago.
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower may generate as many as 50 shooting stars an hour during its peak on Thursday (May 5), weather permitting.