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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The gigantic meteor that shook the Earth on Thanksgiving eve, 100 years ago

The gigantic meteor that shook the Earth on Thanksgiving eve, 100...

The Chelyabinsk meteor seems to be on par with what happened 100 years ago. Tuvix72/YouTube A century ago, on the eve before Thanksgiving, people across Michigan saw something that would mark Nov. 26 in their memories for years to come. Fog and rain rolled across the Great Lakes region, when just before 8 p.m. something unusual cut…
Unknown meteor shower set to explode in an outburst of shooting stars

Unknown meteor shower set to explode in an outburst of shooting...

A minor meteor shower that largely goes ignored could produce hundreds of shooting stars in less than an hour later this week. A meteor outburst is a rare kind of light show. NASA/ISAS/Shinsuke Abe and Hajime Yano You might know the Perseids, the Taurids, the Orionids, even the Draconids, but the Alpha Monocerotids is nowhere…
The 2019 Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to view

The 2019 Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to...

A Leonid caught via time-lapse NASA The Leonids are looking to light it up again this weekend, as the meteor shower does every mid-November. But this year could come with a little more "shooting star" activity than normal on Friday night in the Americas and early Saturday morning in Europe. The Leonid meteor shower occurs…
Taurid meteor shower 2019 time: How to capture the fireballs at their peak

Taurid meteor shower 2019 time: How to capture the fireballs at...

A Taurid fireball captured in 2015.  P. Spurny/Czech Academy of Sciences The Taurids, one of the most dramatic meteor showers of the year is hitting its peak, and this week could be the best time to catch the show.  During the last three months of each year, Earth drifts through a cloud of debris left…
Small meteor shower set to explode in an outburst of shooting stars

Small meteor shower set to explode in an outburst of shooting...

A meteor outburst is a rare kind of light show. NASA/ISAS/Shinsuke Abe and Hajime Yano You might know the Perseids, the Taurids, the Orionids, even the Draconids, but the Alpha Monocerotids is nowhere near the most well-known of the many annual meteor showers. Yet this year it may be the most impressive.  A new prediction…
Taurid meteor shower time: How to capture the fireballs at their peak

Taurid meteor shower time: How to capture the fireballs at their...

A Taurid fireball captured in 2015.  P. Spurny/Czech Academy of Sciences One of the most dramatic meteor showers of the year is hitting its peak, and this week could be the best time to catch the Taurids. During the last three months of each year, Earth drifts through a cloud of debris left behind by…
How to see 2 meteor showers peak and light it up today

How to see 2 meteor showers peak and light it up...

A Draconid streaks the Canadian skies. NASA/UWO Meteor Physics Group The Perseid meteor shower in August has a rep for being one of the best times of year to catch sizzling shooting stars, but the lesser-known Draconids might be the most convenient to see. They also come with a bonus in the form of the Southern Taurid…
Booming meteor fireballs lit up weekend as area celebrated Labor Day

Booming meteor fireballs lit up weekend as area celebrated Labor Day

This fireball shot from Alberta was reported to the American Meteor Society. AMS/Kyle C. Monday was the Labor Day holiday in both the US and Canada, sending droves of people outside to enjoy the final weeks of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In parts of Canada and New York, the good times also came with…
See the Perseid meteor shower make a celestial scene around the world

See the Perseid meteor shower make a celestial scene around the...

Perseids perform as always Cameras were pointed skyward around the world Monday night as the 2019 Perseid meteor shower peaked. The Perseids are one of the most consistently spectacular showers of the year, producing dozens of meteoroid trails, like this one captured from Tucson, Arizona, by photographer Eliot Herman. Keep clicking through the gallery for…
A magnificent meteor shower is coming– here’s what you’re in fact seeing

A magnificent meteor shower is coming– here’s what you’re in fact...

Why are meteor showers like the Perseids so common? Turns out, space isn't as empty as you might think. It's littered with debris that forms those spectacular meteor shower we look forward to each year. Following is a transcript of the video. Solar eclipses are rare and you can never predict when an aurora will…

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