The Sun is currently middle-aged, having celebrated its 4,568,000,000th birthday at some point in the last million years.
In five or seven billion years time, the Sun's life will come to an end. And it will be really spectacular - if you're watching from far enough away.
Patience can be rewarded as with this composite of the 2016 Geminids meteor shower, seen over Mt Teide volcano on the Canary Islands, off Spain.
2017 is looking to be a spectacular year for meteor showers. So here's what to look out for in both the northern and southern skies.
How to save the Earth from an asteroid strike.
Large asteroid hits on Earth have the potential to wipe out humanity so knowing how to detect and deflect them is vital. But we know very little about the interior make up of many asteroids.
The annual Perseid meteor shower gives us a glimpse of remnants from the early formation of the solar system.
On February 29, night suddenly becomes day.
Was it a UFO? Was it a high-tech plane? Here's what lucky people really saw over Scotland on February 29.
A meteor exploding over the South Pacific on February 6 was the biggest since the Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013. Here are some other fiery visitors.
The destructive meteor trace that fell on Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.
A meteoriticist takes a look at the evidence surrounding a tragic death – and gives her verdict on whether it was caused by a meteorite.
The November 27 fireball as photographed by the Desert Fireball Network observatory at William Creek, South Australia.
Desert Fireball Network
It's no easy task to find a meteorite that's just been seen flashing across the sky. But it helps if you have an automatic network of "eyes" on the night sky.
A brilliant fireball lights up the sky above the Southern Ocean at the 12 Apostles National Park on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.
Many meteor showers are a regular annual event, but what you can see varies from year to year. So which showers will be the best for 2016?
A composite image of the Geminid Meteors.
Phil Hart/Tanya Hill
A darkened moon is promising to allow us to see one of the best meteor showers of the year, so long as the skies are clear.
The big hole left behind tells only part of the story.
The Barringer meteor crater is an iconic Arizona landmark, more than 1km wide and 170 metres deep, left behind by a massive 300,000 tonne meteorite that hit Earth 50,000 years ago with a force equivalent…
The early solar system was once a turbulent place.
The early solar system was a busy place with plenty of meteorite impacts on the new planets and moons. But finding evidence of such impacts on Earth can be tricky.
Hurricane Arthur photographed by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Astronauts living on the ISS get to experience the wonders of the universe's natural phenomena like no one else.
A sacred moment for stargazers: the Perseid meteor shower in August, 2009.
From a meteor shower to 67P's closest approach to the sun: prepare to be amazed by comets.
Aboriginal stories dating back many thousands of years talk of a fire from the sky in an area now home to the Henbury meteorite craters, in the Northern Territory.
We can learn much about meteor strikes in ancient Australia by examining the oral traditions of indigenous people.
A bright fireball over the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, ALMA, in Chile, marks the fiery death of a small grain of space debris, high in the atmosphere.
Meteors have been seen since people first looked at the night sky. They are comprised of small pieces of debris, typically no larger than a grain of dust or sand, which continually crash into the Earth’s…
A group of excited observers during a peak of the Geminids meteor shower.
Watching meteors in the night sky can be fun, although typically you only see a few flashes an hour. But there are certain times of the year when you can see many more – events known as meteor showers…
Image captured December 2013 of several Geminids meteors seen from the Observatorio del Teide (IAC) in Tenerife.
The best meteor shower of the year should put on an impressive display this weekend – weather permitting – with the annual Geminids poised to light up the sky with bright, long meteors visible as frequently…
Over in the northern hemisphere, where summer is in full swing, it’s the time of the Perseids meteor shower. Generally it’s their best shower of the year, with 100 meteors predicted each hour over August…
The main mass of the Chelyabinsk meteorite is kept at the Chelyabinsk State Museum of Local History. The asteroid caused the largest airburst on the planet since the famed 1908 Tunguska event, which also occurred in Russia.
Three studies have revealed details of the meteor that exploded above Russian city, Chelyabinsk, in February this year. Their…