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.
The comet SWAN was spotted in January by an ESA/NASA satellite. It is currently passing overhead and is visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
Are you hesitating to buy anti-Covid-19 toothpaste? 100 years ago, you might have found some miracle elixirs to protect you from Halley's Comet.
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.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen captured on November 15 this year using the remote iTelescope (Siding Springs Observatory, Australia).
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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.
A comet-gazing opportunity to close out the year.
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A bright comet visible in December provides an excellent viewing opportunity for night sky lovers – even potentially with the naked eye.
Without the scientific knowledge we have today, ancient cultures turned to myths and legends to understand celestial objects.
The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seen up close.
Dust can be instructive. The analysis of those collected around the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko provided new information on the history of the solar system.
Conquering a comet.
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Firing harpoons in space.
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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…
An artist’s concept of Comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) and Mars.
Astronomers world-wide are gearing up for what NASA calls a “once in a lifetime” event: the Comet Siding Spring will swing…