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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...

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...

Meteor Over Georgia And Alabama
2013-09-11 11:49:06

[ Watch The Video: Bright Meteor Captured Over Georgia/Tennessee ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteor the size of a baseball entered the Earth’s atmosphere last night, causing a fireball to blaze across the skies of Alabama and Georgia, and producing loud sonic booms. As is often the case, eyewitnesses and residents near Woodstock, Alabama, where the meteor passed overhead, took to Twitter to discover what had just happened over their state. NASA has...

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Weekend
2013-05-03 19:27:42

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As comets tumble into the inner solar system from their home, far beyond the orbit of Pluto, they make their way across Earth´s orbit. Along their path they leave behind a trail of tiny dust particles, stripped from the comet by the Sun´s radiation. When the Earth passes through the trail of dust, the particles enter Earth´s atmosphere and burn up from the friction in the air. On the ground we witness...

100th Anniversary: Uncovering Range Of The Great Meteor Procession Of 1913
2013-01-24 07:12:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the anniversary of a spectacular meteor procession that lit up the night skies nearly a hundred years ago approaches, astronomers from Texas State University and the Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ) have taken the call to answer some long forgotten questions about the range of the great fireball raid of Feb. 9, 1913. On that night, oh so long ago, one of the most dazzling displays ever recorded lit up night skies...

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaking This Weekend
2012-11-16 13:00:08

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For amateur sky watchers, this weekend promises quite the show. The annual Leonid meteor shower — which gets its name because the meteors appear to originate in the constellation Leo — is upon us, and this year should be pretty good. The meteor shower will be visible during the latter half of the week, peaking early Saturday morning. Those in the Eastern part of the country should see the greatest rate...

Meteor Strikes San Francisco Resident's Home
2012-10-22 13:29:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The meteorite which exploded over the San Francisco Bay area last week did not only strike attention as it fired across the sky, but it also struck the home of resident Lisa Webber. The meteorite erupted through the sky last week in San Francisco and was witnessed by several residents in the area. While this was going on, Webber, unaware of the incoming meteor, said she had heard a thud on her roof but didn't think too much of it....

Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend’s Orionid Meteor Shower
2012-10-18 16:39:30

[WATCH VIDEO: A Meteor Shower From Halley's Comet] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Throughout the year Earth´s denizens are offered a number of good opportunities to witness meteor showers illuminating the night skies, with streaks of white lights racing across the upper atmosphere at lightning speed. Some of these seemingly heavenly showers, such as the late-April Lyrids, the Perseids of mid-August, and the often-spectacular Leonids, which arrive in...

Reports Of Giant Fireball Blazing Across California Night Sky, Experts Say Part Of Orionid Meteor Shower
2012-10-18 06:37:38

[WATCH VIDEO: A Meteor Shower From Halley's Comet] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Weather Service (NWS) received numerous calls last night (October 17) from Central Valley to the Bay Area in California, with callers claiming they had witnessed a giant fireball blazing across the night sky. The fireball was reportedly witnessed between about 7:45 and 7:55 p.m. PST. “We've had a lot of calls about people who have seen a big fireball,”...

Image 1 - Jupiter Aids Halley’s Comet Meteor Displays
2012-03-27 04:12:13

The dramatic appearance of Halley's comet in the night sky has been observed and recorded by astronomers since 240 BC. Now a study shows that the orbital influences of Jupiter on the comet and the debris it leaves in its wake are responsible for periodic outbursts of activity in the Orionid meteor showers. The results will be presented by Aswin Sekhar at the National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester on Tuesday 27th March. Halley's comet orbits the Sun every 75-76 years on average. As its...


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