December 13, 1988 |
Shooting stars will brighten skies around the world tonight, offering viewers a chance to make a wish in areas with clear skies. The Geminid meteor shower is one of the year's most spectacular examples of shooting stars, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory, with the best show coming in the hours after midnight. Up to 50 meteors per hour will be visible if skies are clear, according to the Smithsonian Institution.
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November 16, 2000
The annual Leonid meteor shower returns this week, with the peak meteor intensities occurring tonight and Friday night. The optimal viewing periods will begin at 11 p.m. each night, with the number of meteors peaking between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Information about how much meteor activity will be visible from a given location is available at leonid.arc.nasa.gov. Last year's Leonid shower was heavily studied by NASA and revealed some surprises.
August 9, 1989 |
There will be something for everybody in the nighttime sky during the next few weeks, including a meteor shower this weekend and a total eclipse of the moon next week. August will also bring the astronomical highlight of the year when the aging Voyager 2 spacecraft zips over the cloud tops of Neptune on the evening of Aug. 24.
July 31, 1993 |
Space agency officials on Friday postponed the shuttle Discovery's satellite-delivery mission for a third time to avoid the annual Perseids meteor shower, which astronomers say could be the most spectacular meteor shower in 130 years. National Aeronautics and Space Administration spokesman James Hartsfield said shuttle managers at Johnson Space Center put off Discovery's launch, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, until at least Aug. 12.
January 26, 1989 |
A huge fireball was spotted over northwestern Oregon and southern Washington Wednesday afternoon, and one expert said it probably was an unusually large meteor. A motorcyclist traveling on a coastal highway reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard about 1:30 p.m. Later, dozens of witnesses called in reports to radio stations from the coast to south-central Washington.
February 17, 2013 |
The 10-ton meteor that streaked into Earth's atmosphere at 40,000 mph and exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk was a reminder that the universe is not such a hospitable place. Still, though hundreds of people were injured and thousands of windows were shattered, no one died and repairs can be made. By comparison, the terrestrial havoc wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern United States was far more devastating. In the movies, when humanity is faced with imminent doom, whether from a massive asteroid or an invasion of space monsters, the people of the world forget their differences, band together and save themselves.
February 15, 2013 |
The meteor that blazed over a portion of Russia early Friday, blasting windows and triggering car alarms with a series of explosive booms, was not related to asteroid 2012 DA14 and had a very different trajectory, according to scientists at NASA. As numerous videos of the event were viewed worldwide, experts said the meteor was likely about one-third the size of 2012 DA14, too small to track and therefore a surprise. The largest noise heard on video of the event was likely the main mass of the meteor exploding 100,000 to 150,000 feet above the Earth's surface, and not a sonic boom, scientists said.
December 9, 2006 |
A bright meteor streaked across Colorado and Utah early Friday, prompting a rash of calls to authorities. "It came in from the east, over the plains, and was seen to disappear over the mountains to the west," said Chris Peterson, a meteor researcher with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Dispatchers in Utah County, south of Salt Lake City, also received reports of the object.
March 31, 2007 |
A rock the size of three football fields may have crashed into the California landscape more than 35 million years ago, creating a 3.4-mile-wide crater west of Stockton, San Diego State University researchers reported this month at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston. The impact would have created a 1,500-megaton explosion.