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Halleys Comet Meteor Shower
2014-05-05 11:12:27

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As comets hurtle into the inner part of the solar system, the Sun’s radiation causes two tails to emerge. The first is primarily gas, vaporized by the heat of our star’s intense, warming rays. But while this glowing streak is what provides the visual imagery we normally associate with comets, it quickly fades as the comets moves across the solar system. In contrast, the second tail is formed by the pressure of the solar...

Geminids Meteor Shower Broadcast Live
2014-01-02 13:51:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Quadrantids meteor shower will be helping to kick off the new year with a bang, displaying up to 80 meteors per hour on Friday. The meteor shower will only last for a few hours on the morning of January 3. NASA said that only people in the northern hemisphere will be able to see the shower. “The Quadranids [sic], will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching,”...

Meteor Shower Guide For 2014
2013-12-22 03:21:09

[ Watch the Video: Meteor Shower Guide For 2014 ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new year brings with it a new opportunity to watch shooting stars, and thankfully NASA has released a list of the easiest to observe and most active meteor showers astronomy enthusiasts can expect to see in 2014. Things kick off almost immediately with the Quadrantids, a lesser known meteor shower that is named after a now-extinct constellation. The Quadrantids will peak...

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Weekend
2013-05-03 19:27:42

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As comets tumble into the inner solar system from their home, far beyond the orbit of Pluto, they make their way across Earth´s orbit. Along their path they leave behind a trail of tiny dust particles, stripped from the comet by the Sun´s radiation. When the Earth passes through the trail of dust, the particles enter Earth´s atmosphere and burn up from the friction in the air. On the ground we witness...

Meteor Shower To Coincide With 'Supermoon' This Weekend
2012-05-05 12:21:09

Peak viewing conditions for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which occurs annually when Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley's Comet, will begin on the evening of May 5 and last until the early morning hours on May 6, NASA officials announced earlier this week. The meteor shower, which is caused by the cosmic debris from the comet burning up in our planet's atmosphere, produces between 40 and 60 meteors per hour under ideal conditions, the US space agency said in a statement on...

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2011-05-04 07:00:00

Would you like to see a piece of Halley's Comet? Now's your chance! Each spring as Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley's Comet (1P/Halley), the cosmic bits burn up in our atmosphere and result in the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. In 2011 the peak will occur on the night of May 5 and into the morning of May 6. A dark new moon on May 3 will help darken the night skies for a good viewing experience, with meteor rates of about 40-60 meteors per hour under ideal conditions. Ideal...

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2011-04-28 13:45:00

Dauna Coulter, Science@NASA Looking for an adventure? Get up in the wee hours of the morning May 6th and head out into the country, far from the city lights. You won't be alone. The birds will be up and singing about the coming dawn, and, of course, about the eta Aquarid meteor shower. The eta Aquarids are best viewed from the southern hemisphere, but there's something special about them no matter where you live: "Each eta Aquarid meteoroid is a piece of Halley's Comet doing a kamikaze death...

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2010-11-17 08:00:00

There are several major meteor showers to enjoy every year at various times, with some more active than others. For example, April's Lyrids are expected to produce about 15 meteors an hour at their peak for observers viewing in good conditions. Now, if you put the same observer in the same good conditions during a higher-rate shower like August's Perseids or December's Geminids, that person could witness up to 80 meteors an hour during peak activity. The 2010 Leonid meteor shower peaks the...

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2010-10-21 07:27:09

The most famous of all comets, Comet Halley is noted for producing spectacular displays when it passes near Earth on its 76-year trip around the sun. However, you don't have to wait until 2061 to see a piece of the comet -- you can do it this very week! Halley's Comet leaves bits of itself behind -- in the form of small conglomerates of dust and ice called meteoroids -- as it moves in its orbit, which the Earth approaches in early May and mid-October. When it does, it collides with these bits...

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2010-05-05 15:50:00

Halley's Comet - which was last seen from Earth on February 9 ,1986 - will bring a show to earth tonight yet again. The 2010 Eta Aquariid meteor shower contains flakes of dust from Halley's Comet.  It will produce about 30 visible meteors per hour overnight, with the best time to view being between 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.  Although the comet is now far away, past the orbit of Uranus, it has left behind a stream of dust that turns into meteors once it hits Earth's...


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