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The best meteor shower of 2009 is about to fall over North America on a long, cold December night.
Many across Asia witnessed Tuesday nightâ€™s meteor shower, but cloud cover blocked the view of many hopeful stargazers in India and Nepal.
This year's Leonid meteor shower peaks on Tuesday, Nov 17th.
The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week and it could be a very good show.
Splat! There goes another bug on the windshield.
Earth is entering a stream of dusty debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, the source of the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Picture this: It's 4:30 in the morning. You're up and out before the sun. Steam rises from your coffee cup, floating up to the sky where a silent meteor streaks through a crowd of stars. A few minutes later it happens again, and again. A meteor shower is underway.
Astronomers from NASA and Caltech are predicting a near-storm of Leonids in 2009 based on a surprising outburst of meteors just two weeks ago.
NASA astronomers have set up a monitoring station to scan the night sky for unknown or unexpected meteor showers -- and they're finding more than they bargained for.
Backyard astronomers watching the Perseid meteor shower last month saw meteoroids hitting not only Earth but also the Moon.
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...
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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