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NASA has confirmed that a bright fireball spotted over the mid-Atlantic states on September 3, 2023, was indeed a meteor. The streaking shooting star was seen by hundreds of eyewitnesses and captured on video by publicly accessible and personal cameras. A few folks in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States... Read more...
The Perseid meteor shower has already begun, but the peak of the spectacle in the night sky is yet to come. The annual meteor shower started lighting up the night sky on July 17, 2023 and is expected to last until around August 24, 2023. Every summer the Perseid meteor shower sprinkles the sky with streaks of... Read more...
A lady from a village in Alsace in east France shared her story about being rudely interrupted as she sipped on her coffee when something hit her on the chest, what she believes was a small meteorite fragment.. The lady says the small space rock first hit her roof before bouncing off and smacking into her... Read more...
The bright light from a meteor streaking across the night sky caught the attention of onlookers across north Queensland, before crashing into the ground creating a thundering boom. The spectacle was caught by various cameras throughout the area and shared on social media. People from Cairns on the east coast of... Read more...
Imagine coming home and realizing a 4-inch by 6-inch rock had fallen from the sky and penetrated the roof and ceiling of your home. That is exactly what one New Jersey family experienced, and the mysterious rock is believed to be a meteorite from the Eta Aquarids meteor shower which peaked this past weekend. The... Read more...
Residents in Kyiv were left baffled after a bright object was observed in the sky around 22:00 local time. The object was at first thought to be a NASA satellite reentering Earth's atmosphere, but the space agency responded that the satellite in question was still in orbit at the time of the sighting. The Ukrainian... Read more...
A $25,000 reward is being put out for whoever finds a chunk of a meteor that lit up the sky over Maine around noon last Saturday. Finding it could prove quite challenging, though. A rare event woke the town of Calais, Maine on Saturday April 8 at around 11:56 a.m. Residents were treated a bright red fireball... Read more...
Researchers have found RNA nucleobases in samples retrieved from asteroid Ryugu. The samples were collected by the Japanese Space Agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft, which harvested the samples in 2019 before returning to Earth in 2020. An international team led by Associate Professor Yasuhiro Oba at Hokkaido University... Read more...
Satellite data suggests that Earth could be at a higher risk of a giant asteroid impact than previously thought. The data may indicate that scientists have been misreading traces of past asteroid strikes that have occurred in the past million years, according to James Garvin, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Chief... Read more...
Residents in California reported strange and mysterious lights streaking across the night sky on Friday night, leaving many questioning their origin. It turns out the explanation for the streaking orbs seen across California was fairly simple. Hundreds of residents in California were able to capture images and... Read more...
An international team of researchers is calling a stunning fireball from the most distant region of the Solar System a game changer. The meteor that was spotted over Alberta, Canada last year is challenging the currently favored Solar System formation models. The Oort Cloud is a group of celestial bodies that begin... Read more...
A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has found two minerals never before seen on Earth in a slice of a 15-ton meteorite. The slice came from the ninth-largest meteorite ever found. Skywatchers love watching falling stars light up the night sky. Most burn up as they enter Earth's atmosphere and never... Read more...
The Draconids meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend. While not considered a major meteor shower, this particular one has been known to produce hyperactivity called meteor storms. Meteor showers can provide a delightful showcase of falling stars dashing across the night sky. The upcoming meteor shower... Read more...
The hottest rock on Earth has been confirmed by scientists more than a decade after being found. The glass rock found was formed at a blistering 4,298 degrees Fahrenheit (F). Former Ph.D. student Michael Zanetti found what was believed to be the hottest rock on Earth in 2011 at the 17-mile-wide Mistastin Lake... Read more...
The United States Space Command (USSC) finally confirms that a meteor from another star system crashed into Earth's atmosphere back in 2014. The memo released by USSC in March gives a research paper written back in 2019 the confirmation it has been needing. A pair of Harvard University researchers, Amir Siraj and... Read more...
Just before noon on New Year's Day there were numerous reports of a thundering boom that shook windows in southwestern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NASA has since confirmed that it was in fact a meteor that exploded in the sky. As many were still fighting off the grogginess from New Years Eve in Pittsburgh... Read more...
Before ol' Saint Nick has all of us looking up into the night sky for his Rudolph and his red nose, the Geminid meteor shower is set to give us a different show of lights in mid-December. If you are not a fan of the cold, NASA has you covered with a live-broadcast as well. November and December seem to be fairly... Read more...
The upcoming Leonid meteor shower should produce an incredible show of streaking lights across the midnight skies. If you are wanting to see some of the show, then it is best to know when and where viewing will be at its peak. The Leonid meteor shower happens each year in the month of November. This year it is... Read more...
This past Tuesday evening, folks in the southeast United States had a rare opportunity to see a fireball race across the evening sky called an earthgrazer. This comes in the midst of the Taurid meteor shower that occurs around this time every year.. An earthgrazer is a meteor that grazes a long distance across the... Read more...