Meteors

100-meter Asteroid Created a Strange Impact Event in Antarctica 430,000 Years Ago

The effects of ancient asteroid impacts on Earth are still evident from the variety of impact craters across our planet.…

5 days ago

MESSENGER Saw a Meteoroid Strike Mercury

Telescopes have captured meteoroids hitting the Moon and several spacecraft imaged Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 smacking into Jupiter in 1994. But…

3 months ago

Video Shows a Meteoroid Skipping off Earth’s Atmosphere

Here’s something we don’t see very often: an Earth-grazing meteoroid. On September 22, 2020, a small space rock skipped through…

7 months ago

Completely Harmless Asteroid Almost Certainly Won’t Hit Earth Just Before the US Election

In a year of devastating wildfires, destructive derechos, early and active hurricanes, widespread social unrest, contentious politics and more --…

8 months ago

There Could be Meteors Traveling at a Fraction of the Speed of Light When They Hit the Atmosphere

According to a new study by a pair of Harvard astrophysicists, it is possible that meteors traveling close to the…

1 year ago

A Microorganism With a Taste for Meteorites Could Help us Understand the Formation of Life on Earth

A new study by a team astrobiologists shows how certain types of extreme bacteria thrive on meteors, which could reveal…

1 year ago

By Continuously Watching the Moon, we Could Detect Interstellar Meteorites

In a new study, a pair Harvard scientists calculated how often interstellar objects could collide with our Moon, and how…

2 years ago

1.2 billion years ago, a 1-km asteroid smashed into Scotland

New research by a team of UK scientists has located the site of the massive impact that took place in…

2 years ago

Astronomers Think a Meteor Came from Outside the Solar System

When 'Oumuamua was first detected on October 19th, 2017, astronomers were understandably confused about the nature of this strange object.…

2 years ago

Satellites Watched a Huge Fireball Explode Above the Bering Sea Late Last Year

NASA's Terra satellites recently spotted a fiery meteorite in Earth's atmosphere, which exploded above the Bering Sea.

2 years ago