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2014-05-20 23:15:33

On the eve of the StarLight Festival, hosted by the AstronomyOutreach network in Big Bear California, Earth is set to smash into the debris fields from Comet 209P/LINEAR for the very first time, lighting up the night sky May 23rd/24th. Big Bear, CA (PRWEB) May 20, 2014 Perhaps you have seen a “falling star” streak across the night sky, and if so, it’s something memorable. So how about witnessing 100-400 meteor falls an hour or maybe even much more if predictions by experts are...

Upcoming Camelopardalid Meteor Shower Could Rival The Perseids
2014-05-21 08:00:12

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts - NASA On The Lookout For A New Meteor Shower ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online May isn’t exactly known for its meteor showers. In fact, this month’s Camelopardalid meteor shower, caused by dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR, has technically never even been seen before. However, astronomers have predicted that May 2014 could see a Camelopardalid meteor shower that rivals the year’s biggest display – the Perseids of August....

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...

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...

Ursids To Light Up Night Skies One Week After Geminid Meteor Shower
2013-12-17 09:06:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last weekend the night skies were lit up by the annual Geminid meteor shower. While not as brilliant and spectacular, another meteor shower is peaking this upcoming weekend, promising to give backyard astronomers a show of around 10 meteors per hour. The annual Ursid meteor shower is expected to peak on December 21, but will be occurring from December 17 to the 25th. The shower will be appearing to radiate out of the constellation of...

NASA TV Plans Live Coverage Of Leonids Meteor Shower This Weekend
2013-11-15 09:27:49

[ Watch the Video: Catch The Leonids At Home Via Ustream ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Good news for those living in areas where it might be difficult to watch the 2013 Leonid meteor shower as it reaches peak conditions this weekend -- NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama will be providing a live Ustream video of the event. The Leonids will peak starting on the night of Saturday, November 16 and last into the early morning...

Heliophysics Nuggets Help Map Tons Of Meteoric Dust In The Sky
2013-08-09 10:46:01

NASA Heliophysics nuggets are a collection of early science results, new research techniques, and instrument updates that further our attempt to understand the sun and the dynamic space weather system that surrounds Earth. On Aug.11 and 12, 2013, the annual Perseid meteor shower will peak, filling the sky with streaks of light, commonly known as shooting stars. Such visually stunning showers are actually but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to meteoroids slamming into Earth's...

Waxing Moon Won't Affect Decent Perseid Meteor Shower This Year
2013-08-06 07:29:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Late last month, NASA's Bill Cooke explained "one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other." Now, two more sources are coming on board and alerting that this year's Perseid meteor shower will be one of the best displays in recent years. According to StarDate magazine, this year's Perseid meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11 and 12, with prime viewing times beginning after midnight on both nights. The...

2013-06-06 20:04:07

With more than 400 meteors per hour, it was one of the most intense meteor showers in the last decade Every 6.6 years, the comet Giacobini-Zinner circulates through the inner solar system and passes through the perihelion, the closest point to the Sun of its orbit. Then, the comet sublimates the ices and ejects a large number of particles that are distributed in filaments. The oldest of these particles have formed a swarm that the Earth passes trough every year in early October. The result...

Astronomers Catch Bright Explosion On The Moon
2013-05-17 13:55:31

[ Watch the Video: Bright Explosion on the Moon ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you take a good look at the Moon it isn´t too difficult to paint a pretty clear picture of the lunar surface´s violent past. Our neighboring natural satellite is pock-marked with thousands upon thousands of craters from meteors and asteroids that have been pelting its surface for more than a billion years. Over the past eight years, NASA astronomers have been...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Perseids Meteor Shower -- Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are caused by comet debris. As comets enter the inner solar system, they are warmed by the sun and peppered by the solar wind, which produces the familar tails that stretch across the night sky when a bright comet is close to Earth. Comet tails are made of tiny pieces of ice, dust, and rock which are spewed into interplanetary space as they bubble off the comet's nucleus. When Earth encounters these particles on its...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Leonids Meteor Shower -- The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The meteor stream is viewable every year around November 17 and is thought to be comprised of particles ejected by the comet as it passes by the Sun. When the Earth moves through the meteor stream, the meteor shower is visible. The Leonids get their name from usually making their appearance in or near the constellation Leo. The Leonids are famous because their meteor showers,...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Comet Tempel-Tuttle -- Comet Tempel-Tuttle is an inherently faint and typically unspectacular comet that has only been observed on a few apparitions over the past 600 years. Its most recent apparition was in 1998, when it reached perihelion on February 28. As expected, it showed little activity, and only a small tail. However, further inspection shows that this comet is more interesting than the first glance suggests. Its orbit is oriented in such a way that the comet makes a...

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