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December 17, 2014
The Geminids meteor shower should be one of the best this year
Melbourne, Australia (The Conversation) Dec 12, 2014
The best meteor shower of the year should put on an impressive display this weekend - weather permitting - with the annual Geminids poised to light up the sky with bright, long meteors visible as frequently as every couple of minutes. Meteor showers occur when the Earth ploughs through trails of debris as it spins its yearly course around the sun. This weekend, the Earth will pass through the densest part of a debris trail left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon. The resulting mete ... read more

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Watch the Leonid Meteor Shower light up sky Sunday into Monday
One of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year is set to peak overnight tonight and all you have to do to see it is look up. ... more
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New Map Shows Frequency of Small Asteroid Impacts
A map released by NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Program reveals that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in the Earth's atmosphere with random distribution around the globe. Released ... more
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Meteorite grains tell shocking tale of solar system birth
The most accurate laboratory measurements yet made of magnetic fields trapped in grains within a primitive meteorite are providing important clues to how the early solar system evolved. The measurem ... more
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Fireball streaks across Texas sky
Residents of San Antonio saw a bright green light streak across the sky Saturday night, making it the possible site of a meteor. ... more
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Fireball lights up Japanese skies
On the same night that at least two fireball events caught the attention of skywatchers in the United States, residents of western Japan spotted a bright green flash of light experts say was a burning chunk of asteroid intercepted by Earth's atmosphere. ... more
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Fireball lit up the sky across Midwest and East Coast Monday night
Dozens of skywatchers - including some armed with video cameras - reported seeing a bright fireball streak across the skyline on Monday evening. The American Meteor Society fielded more than 300 reports from across the Midwest and East Coast. ... more
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Burning passion: Chinese rich pay sky-high meteorite prices
One small cheque to a businessman, one giant leap for a meteorite: after journeys of millions of kilometres, rocks formed from the primordial soup of the solar system have landed on the walls of a Chinese showroom. ... more
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Earth hit by double asteroids 458 million years ago
Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists reported on Thursday. ... more
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Storms to obscure peaking meteor shower in the Northeast
Astronomers say this week's annual Orionid meteor shower, which is scheduled to peak overnight Tuesday, will be one of the best in years. But for many Americans living along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Pacific Northwest, it will all be for nothing, as storms are expected to scatter clouds over much of the United States. ... more
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Discovery of the Benesov meteorites 20 years after the bolide event
Astronomy and Astrophysics is publishing the spectacular discovery of meteorite fragments 20 years after the corresponding bolide was seen in the skies of the Czech Republic. This discovery was made ... more
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American Meteor Society confirms four fireball sightings
The American Meteor Society confirms four separate fireball events, all within 90 minutes, were witnessed in the Midwest, Southeast, and along the Eastern Seaboard. ... more
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Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests
The meteorite impact that spelled doom for the dinosaurs 66 million years ago decimated the evergreens among the flowering plants to a much greater extent than their deciduous peers, according to a ... more
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NASA asteroid defense program falls short: audit
The US space agency's program to detect and protect the Earth from incoming asteroids is poorly managed and far behind schedule, said a government audit report on Monday. ... more
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Nicaragua asks U.S. for help investigating meteorite crater
Astronomers, including experts at NASA, have questioned whether the blast and crater, reported earlier this week outside the Nicaraguan capital, were actually the product of a meteorite. ... more
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ESA's bug-eyed telescope to spot risky asteroids
Spotting Earth-threatening asteroids is tough partly because the sky is so big. But insects offer an answer, since they figured out long ago how to look in many directions at once. As part of the ... more
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Reports of Meteorite Strike in Nicaragua and Update on Asteroid 2014 RC
Reports in the media over the weekend that a small meteorite impacted in Nicaragua have yet to be confirmed. A loud explosion was heard near Managua's international airport Saturday night, and photo ... more
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    Meteorite strikes near Nicaragua's capital
    A small space rock exploded into the dirt outside the capital of Nicaragua on late Saturday night. Locals there said they heard a large blast just before midnight, and officials located a crater, 40 feet wide and 16 feet deep, near Managua's international airport. ... more
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    Large space object slams Nicaragua's capital as asteroid passes Earth
    A blast that filled Nicaragua's 1.2 million capital Managua with dismay on Sunday night is most probably a meteorite that left a 12-meter crater near the city's airport. The space rock might be a fr ... more
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    SETI Searches Kepler Candidates for Signals of Life
    A recent search by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) studied 86 candidates in the Kepler space observatory's field for radio signals that could potentially indicate the presence of ... more
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    China's first private rocket firm aims for market
    Hu Zhenyu, 21, founder of Link Space, China's first private rocket firm, does not want people to call him a "rocket scientist" but a rocket entrepreneur. Rocket launches have traditionally bee ... more
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    NASA, Partners Reveal California Meteorite's Rough and Tumble Journey
    A meteorite that fell onto the roof of a house in Novato, California, on Oct. 17, 2012, has revealed a detailed picture of its origin and tumultuous journey through space and Earth's atmosphere. An ... more
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    Asteroid Defense - Casualty in Chilled US-Russia Relations
    Space cooperation and even asteroid defense agreements between the United States and Russian governments have been sacrificed as a result of poor international relations, but according to a spokeswo ... more
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    Study of Asteroid Holds Key To Earth's Future
    Scientists have discovered the forces that keep a near-Earth asteroid, 1950 DA, from breaking apart, according to a research published in Nature. The asteroid, considered by NASA a potential threat ... more
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    Research uncovers forces that hold gravity-defying asteroid together
    Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids. The team studied near-Earth ast ... more
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