Magnesium and iron measurements suggest the hourly meteor rate overhead on Mars must have been tens of thousands of shooting stars per hour for hours.
Last night, the third stage of a spent Chinese rocket returned into the atmosphere in grand fashion, sparking a family of spectacular fireballs as it incinerated over the western part of North America.
With the Quadrantid meteor shower, timing is everything.
If bad weather or light pollution spoils your meteor display, you can also catch them online.
When Comet Siding Spring made its historic close approach with Mars last month, the icy interloper showered the Martian upper atmosphere with meteors -- and several robots were on hand to monitor the shower's effects. Continue reading →
Three brilliant fireballs - two from space and one apparently made by humans - lit up skies over the United States.
If you step outside before dawn during the next week or so, you might be able to see bright meteors streaking through the sky.
Some craters can be deceiving. Continue reading →
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