A New Take On Why We Hear Meteors

Have you ever seen a super-bright meteor and at the same time heard hissing or rustling sounds? Some people claim to hear the sizzle of a bright fireball, comparing it to the sound of frying bacon. I’ve never heard any sounds associated with bright fireballs. Then again, I’ve never seen one that’s approached the moon…
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Fireball! Interplanetary Visitor Heads For Lake Michigan

A meteor seen across Wisconsin and northern Illinois was recorded by a camera on the roof of the Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences Building on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison earlier this morning. At 1:25 a.m. today a massive green fireball seared the sky over the U.S. Midwest sparking hundreds of eyewitness reports and…
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Resolve To See The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time under the stars in 2017, you’ll have motivation to do so as soon as Tuesday. That morning, the Quadrantid (kwah-DRAN-tid) meteor shower will peak between 4 to about 6 a.m. local time just before the start of dawn. This annual shower can be a rich…
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Full Cold Moon Stuffs The Night With Light

Never was there a better named full moon than the Cold Moon. That’s the one you’ll see tonight, hanging up there in Gemini like some rogue ornament. Bucketfuls of moonlight spilled across my snow-covered yard last night, truly a beautiful sight. Radiant nights. That’s what December brings around full moon time. Snow magnifies the effect, so…
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Geminid Meteor Shower Puts On A Show This Week

Every December the Geminid meteor shower roars to life. It’s now the year’s richest shower and can spitball up to 100 meteors an hour when observed under optimal conditions from a dark sky site. Let me be honest at the outset. This year’s shower will be compromised by none other than a supermoon. Yes! That bad boy’s…
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