A poor start for meteor showers in 2021 but things get better with a possible spectacular surprise later in the year. Here’s your guide on when and where to look to catch nature’s fireworks.
A composite image of one night watching the Orionids meteor shower.
A big year ahead for some of the meteor showers this year. Here’s your 2020 guide on when and where to look to catch nature’s fireworks.
The 2018 Geminids meteor shower recorded over two very cold hours on the slope of Mount Lütispitz, Switzerland.
Moonlight will spoil some of the big meteor showers this year, but still plenty of others to see. So here’s your guide on when and where to look to catch nature’s fireworks.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen captured on November 15 this year using the remote iTelescope (Siding Springs Observatory, Australia).
Flickr/Victor R Ruiz
The comet 46P/Wirtanen is just 1.2km in size but it should be visible in the night sky this Saturday as it makes a close approach to Earth this year. And don’t forget the Geminids meteor shower.
Without the scientific knowledge we have today, ancient cultures turned to myths and legends to understand celestial objects.
The 2017 Geminids as seen from Ecuador, against the backdrop of the splendid Milky Way (centre) and the Large Magellanic Cloud (right).
Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2018. Where to look and when in both the northern and southern skies to catch nature’s fireworks.
Blink and you’ll miss it – until the next one.
A guide to meteor showers – what to look out for and when.
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.
The annual Perseid meteor shower gives us a glimpse of remnants from the early formation of the solar system.
NASA’s Juno probe will be the fastest object humanity has ever created when it approaches Jupiter.
From the high-speed journey to Jupiter to solar eclipses, meteor showers and planetary alignments visible in the skies above – add these space highlights to your 2016 calendar.
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.
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.
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…
Meteors streak outwards from the top of Orion’s head as seen in 2012 from central Victoria.
As Earth orbits the sun, it continually ploughs through dust and debris left behind by passing comets and asteroids. On any night of the year, a keen-eyed observer might see five, or even ten, meteors…
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…