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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...

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...

Draconid Meteor Shower Tomorrow
2013-10-07 14:44:26

[ Watch the Video: Catch The Draconid Meteor Shower Tonight ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers are hoping for a good show Tuesday night in the form of the Draconid meteor shower. Because the shower is expected to start just after dusk, experts say the annual show is an ideal one for the casual astronomer. The shooting stars are a byproduct of the Giacobini-Zinner comet, which orbits the sun every 6.6 years. With each pass, the comet leaves behind a thin...

Tracking Russian Meteor Debris Field Offers Insight Into Future Events
2013-08-15 14:38:54

[WATCH VIDEO: Meteor Debris Around The World In Four Days] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using satellite data and computer models, NASA scientists were able to track and study the debris of the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February, giving them a better picture of how similar future events might affect the Earth’s atmosphere. Just after sunrise on February 15, a meteor measuring about 59 feet across and weighing over 12,000 tons exploded...

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...

Russian Meteor Produced A Shockwave That Traveled The Globe Twice
2013-06-28 07:07:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Chelyabinsk meteor that blazed a trail across the morning sky in Russia this past February left a shocking impact on not just the Ural Mountains region, but the entire world. A new report published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters states the shockwave from the meteoric explosion on the morning of February 15, 2013 traveled around the globe -- not once, but twice. Scientists, led by Alexis Le Pichon of the French...


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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