New meteorite research suggests that cosmic impacts might have helped deliver vital ingredients of life to ancient Earth.
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.
On Sunday (April 17), skywatching cameras in Ontario recorded a massive fireball that likely produced tens to hundreds of grams of meteorites.
A fireball that blazed through the skies over Papua New Guinea in 2014 was actually a fast-moving object from another star system
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).
Astronaut Sian Proctor says it's the first time humans deliberately let a space rock revisit its home.
The Leonids are likely to be a major disappointment in 2021, partly because of the expected lack of any significant activity, but mainly because of the full moon.
Scientists are on the hunt for the origin story of a meteorite that smashed through the roof into a bedroom in Canada on Oct. 3.
A brilliant fireball lit up the night sky just after a SpaceX rocket launched the Crew-3 NASA mission late Wednesday (Nov. 10).
A failed Russian spy satellite crashed back to Earth early this morning (Oct. 20), burning up in a brilliant fireball spotted by many observers in the American Midwest.
A meteorite that landed in British Columbia crashed through a roof and narrowly missed hitting a woman who was asleep in her bed at the time.
The annual Draconid meteor shower peaks tonight (Oct. 8), just after dusk, and the moon will be dim enough for skywatchers to catch a good view.
A new meteor shower began outbursting last week and astronomers expect its main peak to happen in the next few days.