Everything you need to know to catch this year's Geminid meteor shower

The Geminid meteor shower is consistently the most impressive celestial light show of the year. 2013's display peaks Friday night/Saturday morning, and while this year's shower will be competing with a fair bit of moonlight, it's still shaping up to be one hell of a show. Here's what you need to know to spot as many… » 12/11/13 10:56am 12/11/13 10:56am

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

The year's best meteor shower peaks this weekend - here's how to watch

The Perseids have arrived. They're widely recognized as the largest and most dependable meteor display of the year, and NASA has already spied several early fireballs – but activity is expected to really ramp up in the days ahead. Here's our handy guide to meteor-watching. » 8/09/13 11:17am 8/09/13 11:17am

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

Everything you need to know to catch tomorrow's Geminid meteor shower

Prepare yourselves. Tomorrow night's Geminid meteor shower is shaping up to be one of the most impressive celestial light shows of 2012. Not only are the Geminids among the most reliable and prolific showers of all (NASA calls them "the 900-lb gorilla of meteor showers"), this year's display also happens to coincide with … » 12/12/12 11:40am 12/12/12 11:40am

Everything you need to know to catch tonight's Leonid meteor shower

This year's Leonid meteor shower peaks during the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, November 17th, and it's shaping up to be a beautiful night for stargazing. According to NASA, tonight's shower could be one of the best Leonid displays in years. Here's everything you need to know to spot as many meteors as possible. » 11/16/12 1:00pm 11/16/12 1:00pm

The Best Photos From This Weekend's Orionid Meteor Shower

This weekend marked the peak of this year's stunning Orionid meteor shower. Photographs of the annual celestial lightshow are still rolling in (stargazers can expect to spot intermittent meteors during predawn hours for the next few days), but here are a few of our favorites so far. » 10/22/12 8:00am 10/22/12 8:00am

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Everything you need to know to catch this weekend's Orionid meteor…

The Orionid meteor shower — one of the year's most spectacular natural light shows — is upon us. This weekend, Earth will plow through a dense stream of celestial debris given off by Halley's Comet. These fragments of Halley will collide with the planet's atmosphere at speeds approaching 150,000 miles per hour, setting … » 10/19/12 11:12am 10/19/12 11:12am

How to catch this weekend's Perseid meteor shower

The Perseids have arrived. Widely recognized as the largest and most dependable meteor display of the year for the Northern hemisphere, the first reports of Perseid meteors starting popping up early this morning, but activity is expected to increase in the days ahead, peaking in the (very) early morning hours of… » 8/10/12 1:40pm 8/10/12 1:40pm

Everything you need to know to catch this weekend's Lyrid meteor shower

This year's Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak between midnight and dawn on Saturday night/Sunday morning. That means two things. One: it's the weekend, which means you have no excuse not to stay up. Two: it's a new Moon, which means for the first time in almost nine months, stargazers will have a chance to catch… » 4/20/12 3:20pm 4/20/12 3:20pm

How to catch tonight's Geminid meteor shower

It's one of the year's most impressive natural light shows, but just like the Perseids back in August, tonight's Geminid meteor shower will be competing with the gleam of a nearly full moon. Nevertheless, experts say the Geminids should still put on an impressive show (the Geminid shower is notorious for uncommonly… » 12/13/11 1:20pm 12/13/11 1:20pm

How to catch tomorrow morning's Perseid meteor shower

Very, very early tomorrow morning is when you'll catch the Perseid meteor shower, the largest meteor display of the year. The bad news is that it's also a full moon tonight, which is going to cut down significantly on the visibility of all but the brightest shooting stars. But don't despair! Here's what you need to… » 8/12/11 8:00am 8/12/11 8:00am