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

Melissa Gaskill, International Space Station Program Office, NASA Johnson Space Center 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. Scientists, however, think about such things and will use the vantage point of a special window on the International Space Station to learn more about the composition and behavior of meteors and their parent...

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

By Katie Newton, University of Kent Research has helped point to signs of ancient life being littered across the moon. Kent physicists have tested what would happen if a piece of rock containing microscopic fossils from Earth was launched into space and hit the surface of the moon. In order to do this, Professor Mark Burchell and researchers from the University’s Centre for Astrophysics simulated the condition that fossilized diatoms – microscopic algae with detailed shells –...

meteor shower and a supermoon
2014-07-31 04:24:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Amateur astronomers anxiously await the mid-August Perseid meteor shower every year. Typically occurring on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August, the meteor shower is one of the treats of the summertime sky. This year, that treat is being enhanced by a supermoon. [ Watch: ScienceCasts: Perseid Meteors Vs The Supermoon ] Though this is not the only supermoon this year, it is predicted to be the biggest, and brightest, full Moon we...

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...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) has helped take a video of the Man in the Moon getting nailed by an asteroid, reports Jason Major for Discovery News. MIDAS is a set of telescopes located in Seville, Spain that are able to scan the Moon for events like this. Astronomers from the University of Huelva in southwestern Spain used footage of an asteroid impact to show the moon being struck by a space rock. MIDAS...

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...

Magic Hour For The Geminid Meteor Shower
2013-12-13 10:41:16

NASA Science As arctic air and record cold sweeps across the USA, amateur astronomers are looking at their calendars with a degree of trepidation. A date is circled: Dec. 14th. And below it says: "Wake up at 4 AM for the Geminid meteor shower." "It's going to be cold," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "But that is the best time to see the 2013 Geminid meteor shower." Geminids appear every year in mid-December when Earth passed through a stream of debris from...

Comet ISON May Be Gone, But Geminids Are On The Way
2013-12-09 10:36:02

[ Watch the Video: Look Up This Weekend For The Geminid Meteor Shower ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than a week has passed since Comet ISON made headlines around the world when it passed the sun on Thanksgiving, keeping astronomers everywhere on the edge of their seats. Now, just in time for the holidays, the annual Geminid meteor shower is on our doorstep, promising to offer a show that may last several days. And while it may not be as impressive as...


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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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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