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Hot on the heels of last week’s peak viewing conditions for the Lyrid meteor shower comes the Eta Aquarids, which will become visible this week before peaking on Tuesday, May 6.
Oh, sweet spring with the smell of flowers, pollen allergies, and rushing to lose weight to fit into your swimsuits. And don’t forget the meteors. Each spring, for a few weeks around the equinox (this year it occurs on March 20th), we get to experience peak fireball season. According to Earthsky.org, the rate of fireballs, or really bright meteors, goes up 30% at this time, and no one is exactly sure why.
As space enthusiasts bid farewell to a year that saw a probe land on a comet for the first time and the discovery of active organic chemistry on Mars (among other things), the Universe has gone to great lengths to ensure that the transition from 2014 to 2015 will be a spectacular one.
If we lived on Mercury, we'd probably be telling you to get our your lawn chairs and enjoy the show.
The closest planet to the sun appears to get hit by a periodic meteor shower, possibly associated with a comet that produces multiple events annually on Earth.
The Leonid meteor shower, the result of debris left in the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle that hits Earth’s atmosphere each year around mid-November, is expected to peak on Monday.
Waking up before sunrise is a good way to get a head start on the day. On Oct. 21st, waking up before sunrise could stop you in your tracks.
Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren’t thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger.
Research has helped point to signs of ancient life being littered across the moon.
Amateur astronomers anxiously await the mid-August Perseid meteor shower every year. Typically occurring on 11th, 12th and 13th of August, the meteor shower is one of the treats of the summertime sky.
Meteorite -- A meteorite is a relatively small extraterrestrial material body that reaches the Earth's surface. While in space these bodies are called meteoroids. Upon entering the atmosphere air drag and friction will cause the body to heat up, emitting light, thus forming a meteor, fireball, or shooting star. Most meteors disintegrate in the air, making impact events (Earth impacts) on the surface of Earth uncommon. About 500 baseball sized rocks a year reach the surface. Large...
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,...