meteoroids

What Does Micrometeoroid Damage do to Gossamer Structures Like Webb’s Sunshield?

Tiny little bullets flood the solar system, each micrometeoroid a potential hazard. New research has found that the James Webb…

7 months 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…

2 years 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…

2 years ago

Bennu is Constantly Getting Sandblasted by Tiny Meteoroids

As soon as the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu in December 2018, there was a big surprise. Scientists expected…

2 years ago

Meteors Explode from the Inside When They Reach the Atmosphere

A new study from Purdue University indicates that Earth's atmosphere will break up small meteoroids, which is good news for…

5 years ago

Potential Weekend Meteor Shower Will Pelt the Moon Too!

If the hoped-for meteor blast materializes this Friday night / Saturday morning (May 23-24) Earth won't be the only world getting…

9 years ago

Russian Fireball Inspires Journey into the World of Meteorites

A little more than week ago a 7,000 ton, 50-foot (15-meter) wide meteoroid made an unexpected visit over Russia to…

10 years ago

Infographic: What’s the Difference Between a Comet, Asteroid and Meteor?

With all the various space rocks flying by and into Earth last Friday, perhaps you’ve been wondering about the correct…

10 years ago

Keeping Astronauts Safe from Meteoroids

[/caption] About 100 tons of meteoroids bombard the Earth’s atmosphere every day. For spacecraft in Earth orbit, a collision with…

12 years ago