The 101 Best Astronomical Events to Watch Out For in 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, we once again cast our thoughts to all things astronomical for the coming year. For the last half decade, I've been constructing this list of all things astronomical for the following 365 days, lovingly distilling the events transpiring worldwide down to a 101 "best events of the year." Here are … » 12/26/13 11:20am 12/26/13 11:20am

For morning viewing: 3 timelapses of last week's Perseid meteor shower

Last weekend's Perseid display may go down as the most spectacular meteor shower of 2013. Did you miss it? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here to wrest you from the clutches of Monday morning indolence are three arresting timelapses of the shower, each under 90 seconds long. » 8/19/13 6:40am 8/19/13 6:40am

Incredible Footage Shows a Perseid Meteor Exploding

Personally, I’ve never seen anything like this, and photographer and digital artist Michael K. Chung said he couldn’t believe what he saw when he was processing images he took for a timelapse of the Perseid meteor shower. It appears he captured a meteor explosion and the resulting expansion of a shock wave or debris… » 8/16/13 9:40am 8/16/13 9:40am

What's the difference between a comet, asteroid, meteor, meteoroid and…

With all the recent buzz over asteroid AD14, the meteor over Chelyabinsk, the fragments of meteorite recovered in Russia's Ural mountains, and yesterday's news that the fireball originated from our solar system's asteroid belt, one can't help but wonder: what's the difference between all these -oids, -ors and -ites?… » 2/27/13 12:40pm 2/27/13 12:40pm

NASA releases first video of Asteroid DA14's close encounter with Earth

NASA has released the first video observation of asteroid DA14's record-setting flyby of Earth. The 45-meter-wide space rock sped past last Friday, coming at one point within 17,200 miles of the planet's surface. That may seem like a wide berth (especially in light of the unanticipated arrival of the 17-meter-wide… » 2/20/13 12:54pm 2/20/13 12:54pm

Incredible details are emerging about Russia's Chelyabinsk meteor

It's been four days since an asteroid tore a hole in the sky over Chelyabinsk, scaring the crap out of the city's inhabitants and pretty much everyone else around the globe. Details are finally starting to emerge about this jaw-dropping incident, so we've prepared a round-up of the preliminary findings. » 2/19/13 8:00am 2/19/13 8:00am

Our favorite photos from this year's Geminid meteor shower

Last night marked the peak of this year's gorgeous Geminid meteor shower, perhaps the most stunning celestial lightshow of 2012. Photographs of last night's fireballs are still rolling in and stargazers can expect to spot intermittent meteors during predawn hours for the next few days, but here are ten of our favorites … » 12/14/12 12:45pm 12/14/12 12:45pm

Remember the fireball that exploded over California last week? A chunk …

The odds of getting beaned by a meteorite are low. Like, really low. (In fact, the odds of being killed by a meteorite are actually higher than your odds of simply being struck by one. Yes, really. See here for more info.) But last week, Novato, California resdient Lisa Webber came pretty close. » 10/22/12 12:30pm 10/22/12 12:30pm

The Absolute Best Pictures of Last Night's Blazing Meteor Over…

An absolutely spectacular meteor was witnessed tearing across the California sky last night, reportedly generating a rare sonic boom in the process. » 10/18/12 10:40am 10/18/12 10:40am

Various outlets are reporting this meteor is a prelude to and part of this year's Orionid meteor shower, which is expected to peak this weekend. But as Plait …