The Orionids meteor shower takes place between October and November.
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The meteor shower happens when Earth passes through debris from Halley’s comet.
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A mysterious hunk of space junk buzzed through Australian skies last night. It may have been the third stage of a Soyuz 2 rocket just launched by Russia.
Anybody out there?
There is a very large scientific leap from observing a fireball to claiming it as an alien spaceship.
The green glow of an aurora is caused by oxygen ions in the upper atmosphere. Some meteors can glow in this way, too, but only if they are extremely fast.
This image shows meteors that skimmed the atmosphere during just one night in March this year.
When the meteor exploded into pieces above New Zealand, it produced a shock wave strong enough to be picked up by earthquake seismometers. But any fragments have likely dropped into the ocean.
The 1833 Leonid Meteor storm, as seen over Niagara Falls.
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Could the Tau Herculid meteor shower put on a spectacular show next week? Only time will tell.
An Eta Aquariid meteor (centre) along with comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) in the background, photographed during the 2020 Eta Aquariid shower.
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Each year, the Earth runs through a broad river of dust surrounding Comet Halley – giving birth to the spectacular Eta Aquariid meteor shower.
A giant asteroid struck Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
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NASA has only mapped 40% of the potentially dangerous asteroids that could crash into Earth. New projects will boost that number, and upcoming missions will test tech that could prevent collisions.
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.
One of the fireballs (highlighted by the red circle) captured over the Northern Territory.
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Security cameras captured two separate fireballs over Australia this week. So what’s responsible these bright flashes?
A collection of raw Libyan desert glass.
The origin of Libyan desert glass found scattered in an Egyptian desert has puzzled scientists for years. But a new look at the glass structure reveals its meteoric formation.
Meteorites might look like boring bits of rock – but each one has a fascinating story.
How close can a potentially dangerous asteroid get before it’s detected?
We’re finding more near-Earth objects all the time, and the challenge is to identify those that could potentially hit us. So how come we missed one that caused a huge blast in December?
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.
A spectacular display.
Expect a spectacular display of 120 or more meteors per hour – some of them brightly coloured.
Without the scientific knowledge we have today, ancient cultures turned to myths and legends to understand celestial objects.
Artist depiction of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.
An asteroid on a collision course with Earth is inevitable. Astronomer Michael Lund explains how a new telescope under construction in Chile will become a vital tool for detecting objects that could devastate our planet.
Letitia Wright in
Black Panther. Popular discussions about the movie demonstrate a desire for representation in commercial media.
Black Panther arrives at a moment of possibility. Its popularity demonstrates that people are crying out for chances to see themselves and their communities portrayed with dignity—as heroes.
Small asteroids can be hard to spot. But what kind of threat do they pose to the Earth?