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Lyrid meteor shower peaks April 21 to 22, viewing conditions nearly perfect this year

The Lyrid meteor shower will peak late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, April 21 to 22, 2020. The thin crescent Moon will allow observers to get a clear view of the event as there will be no obstruction. The shower comes after the so-called meteor drought that...

April 20, 2020

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ISS astronaut shares her view of Quadrantid meteor shower and aurora over Edmonton, Canada

NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared a stunning photo of the Quadrantid meteor shower-- this year's first meteor shower-- from her view aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The majestic view also features green bands of the aurora borealis or northern...

January 24, 2020

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Major meteor shower: Leonids peak this weekend

The Leonid meteor shower is a major meteor shower (Class I), running annually from November 5 to December 3. This year, it will reach its maximum rate of activity on the night of November 17 and the morning of November 18. The maximum rate of meteors expected to be...

November 17, 2017

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3D animated visualization of meteoroid streams

The International Meteor Organization (IMO) has just added a new feature to their online meteor shower calendar - a 3D animated view of the meteoroid streams the Earth will encounter all along its journey around the Sun. The model was created by Ian Webster, and...

January 05, 2017


86 new meteor showers discovered

86 new meteor showers have joined the already well known crowd of Perseids, Leonids and Geminids. Astronomers observed the events using a network of security video cameras redesigned to monitor space debris passing through the Earth's atmosphere.The meteor showers c

September 18, 2015


New meteor shower and possible meteor storm on May 24th

On the night of May 24 Earth will possibly pass through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in its past orbits. If this happens we might see a brief but intense burst of meteor activity. No one has ever seen it before and although nothing is certain at th

May 06, 2014


Geminid meteor shower peaks around December 13/14, 2013

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. This year's meteor shower peak is expected around December 13/14. Visual meteor rates are still low, but first meteorids will start appear in

December 06, 2013


Annual Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight

It's time for annual Orionid meteor shower. The Orionid meteor shower is associated with Comet Halley's debris which strike Earth's atmosphere usually in late October. With Eta Aquarids in early May, Orionids are one of two annual meteor

October 21, 2013


2013 Delta Aquarid meteor shower to peak on July 30

The Delta Aquariids are another strong shower best seen from the southern tropics. North of the equator the radiant is located lower in the southern sky and therefore rates are less than seen from further south. These meteors produce good rates for a week centered on

July 28, 2013


Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks late July 2013

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower begins annually roughly from July 12 and is active up to August 23. The shower can be seen all over the planet, however it is best observed from the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. The

July 17, 2013

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The 2013 Gamma Delphinid meteor shower overview

The expected outburst of the elusive Gamma Delphinid meteor shower predicted for June 11, 2013 sadly didn`t occur. This doesn`t mean that there were no meteors, but the meteor rate was lower than normal, as our planet passed through a part of space where the cometary

June 12, 2013


Don't miss the Arietids - daylight meteor shower!

Thousands of meteors streak across the sky every year in early June. Sun above the horizon makes most of the shower activity invisible at it most intense period. These daylight meteors are called the Arietids. Arietid meteor shower is in fact one of the

June 07, 2013


Expected return of the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower on June 11, 2013

In early June 2013 we may witness the return of the gamma Delphinids, a rather elusive meteor shower. Three observers from American Meteor Society noticed a short-lived meteor outburst from unknown source on June 11, 1930. Only a few meteors from this shower

June 07, 2013


The annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks on May 6, 2013

The Eta Aquarid meteors usually provide a solid display at the beginning of May. Few annual meteor showers provide a decent show for the southern hemisphere observers as the Eta Aquarid do. That is because the radiant is very near a Y-shaped asterism in northern

May 03, 2013


Earth could enter into dusty meteor shower from Comet ISON's tail

Excitement and anticipation are rising as comet ISON approaches its close encounter with the Sun in November 2013. An observation of the comet in January 2013 by NASA's Swift spacecraft, when ISON was still near the orbit of Jupiter, showed that it was already...

April 20, 2013

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Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22, 2013

Earth is approaching the debris field of ancient Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower – the Lyrids.Flakes of

April 18, 2013

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2013 Quadrantid meteor shower peaks tonight

The annual Quadrantids are the first meteor shower in 2013 and it will peak overnight, or more precisely, the first six hours of the morning of January 3rd. Unfortunately, the northern-hemisphere’s Quadrantid maximum, due around 13:30 UTC on January 3, has a

January 02, 2013

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2012 Geminid meteor shower

Last night Earth passed through a stream of dusty debris from Comet 3200 Phaethon and sky observers around globe witnessed amazing Geminid meteor shower, with more than 120 meteors per hour at the peak.Earth now slowly exits 3200 Phaethon's debris stream and the

December 14, 2012


Observing 2012 Geminid meteor shower

Observing at the Northern Hemisphere started as early as December 6, when one meteor every hour or so could be visible. During the next week, rates increase until a peak of 50-80 meteors per hour is attained on the night of December 12/13. By December 18 meteor shower

December 10, 2012


Geminid meteor shower and visible asteroids in December 2012

If you're planning to skywatch this December, this video will take you through some of the notable objects in the sky this month, including a meteor shower, large asteroids in the asteroid belt, and an array of constellations.Video courtesy of Space.comBeginning in

December 01, 2012


Leonid meteor shower peak tonight

This year's annual Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak tonight. Although Leonids can sometimes be seen at rate of more than thousands meteors per hour, a stream of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle which orbits the sun every 33 years, is forecasted to display

November 17, 2012


Taurid meteor shower - Earth is entering a debris from comet Encke

Every year in late October or early November, Earth passes through comet Encke's wake, resulting in the well-known Taurid meteor shower. Because of their occurrence in late October and early November, they are also called Halloween fireballs. They are named after

November 05, 2012


Potentially dangerous meteorite debris fell on Al-Shifa mountain in Saudi Arabia

The deputy chairman of the Astronomy Society in Jeddah and member of the Arab Federation for Space Science and Astrophysics, Sharaf al-Sufiyani revealed that meteorite debris fell on Al-Shifa mountain last Sunday July 22, 2012, near the village of Al-Ajbel.He pointed

July 25, 2012

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Meteorite shower accompanied by huge blast-like sounds hit Katol region, India

"The phenomenon of balls of fire shooting from the sky accompanied by huge blast-like sounds was witnessed by many last Tuesday evening (May 22, 2012) around 5 p.m. The shower was travelling in the eastern direction and is the first such meteorite shower recorded in

May 31, 2012


Supermoon this weekend, Eta Aquarid meteor shower and Venus transit this week

This weekend will provide the full Moon’s closest approach of the year to Earth. On Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Moon could appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to some calculations.Every month, as the Moon circles the

May 04, 2012

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A guide for skywatchers: 2012 Lyrid meteor shower

Each year the Earth passes through trail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1) as it makes a 415-year highly elliptical journey around the Sun and have been observed for more than 2,600 years. The meteors from comet Thatcher occur when comet dust slams into Earth's

April 20, 2012

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Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight

The last big meteor shower of the year — the annual Geminids shower — peaks tonight (Dec. 13), but bright moonlight could illuminate the night sky and spoil one of the most spectacular light show of the year. On a clear night, skywatchers have reported seeing up to

December 13, 2011

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Leonid meteor shower peaked with a maximum rate of ~18 meteors per hour

According to the International Meteor Organization, this year's Leonid meteor shower peaked on Nov. 18th with a maximum rate of ~18 meteors per hour. That's not many (especially compared to the Leonid storms of a decade ago), but sometimes just one Leonid can be

November 19, 2011


Perseid meteor shower on August 12th and 13th

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. International observers are now reporting more than a dozen Perseids per hour, a number that will increase as the shower reaches its peak on August 12-13. Full

August 10, 2011

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Trail of crumbs discovered from potentially hazardous comet

A surprise meteor shower spotted in February was likely caused by cosmic "bread crumbs" dropped by an undiscovered comet that could potentially pose a threat to Earth.The tiny meteoroids that streaked through Earth's atmosphere for a few hours on Feb. 4 represent a

July 28, 2011

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Watch tonight for Eta Aquarid meteor shower!!!

Bits and pieces of the famous Halley's Comet will light up the overnight sky in a promising meteor shower, weather permitting, skywatching experts say.The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak early tomorrow morning (May 6) and is expected to put on a

May 06, 2011

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Sky watchers be ready for meteor shower from Halley's Comet on May 6th

Get up in the wee hours of the morning May 6th and head out into the country, far from the city lights so you can observe eta Aquarid meteor shower. The eta Aquarids are best viewed from the southern hemisphere, but there's something special about them no matter...

April 28, 2011

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Sky watchers - The Lyrid meteors passing by Earth!

 Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower--the Lyrids. This year the shower peaks on Friday morning, April 22nd. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is

April 22, 2011