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Atmospheric calcium spikes indicate potential meteor showers

Atmospheric calcium spikes indicate potential meteor showers at Mercury

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A regular surge in exospheric calcium indicates that Mercury could be experiencing a regular meteor shower, possibly one associated with a comet that produces several similar events here on...

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2014-12-12 16:20:57

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.

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2014-11-16 06:27:14

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.

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2014-10-19 06:10:11

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.

Perseid meteor from space
2014-08-14 05:14:49

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.

Could Fossils Be Discovered On The Moon?
2014-08-01 03:31:30

Research has helped point to signs of ancient life being littered across the moon.

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2014-07-31 04:24:18

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.

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

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.

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

The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower – arising from material left behind by the infamous Halley’s Comet hundreds of years ago – will reach its peak in the early morning hours of May 6, though events can generally be seen from late April to late May to a much lesser extent.

Asteroid Impact Spotted On Face Of The Moon
2014-02-26 11:23:05

The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) has helped take a video of the Man in the Moon getting nailed by an asteroid.

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

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.


Latest Meteoroid Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

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...

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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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