Celebrate Earth Day With The Lyrid Meteor Shower

Want to get an early start on Earth Day celebrations? Set your alarm for 3 a.m. tomorrow morning and spend an hour watching the annual Lyrid meteor shower. I’ll be out there — as long as the forecast holds. The moon sets around 1 a.m., so you can begin watching any time after. The closer to…
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Hunters Recover First Meteorites From Michigan Fireball

On Jan. 16 around 8:10 p.m. local time, a brilliant, green fireball sliced across the skies of southern Michigan near Ann Arbor. Many eyewitnesses said it looked as bright as a full moon. The American Meteor Society, a clearinghouse for meteor sightings, has received about 640 reports so far from people who saw the object…
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Halley’s Comet Tosses Out Tootsie Rolls This Weekend

Old Halley’s Comet won’t be around till 2061 but that won’t stop it from sending a few snappy meteors our way this weekend. The annual Orionid meteor shower peaks on Sunday morning, Oct. 22nd between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. local time. You can expect to see about 25 meteors an hour shoot…
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Perseid Meteor Shower Will Still Be Active Sunday Night

Too bad the clouds moved in! I had clear skies until about 11 p.m. and saw some great Perseid meteors from 10:15 until that time. It’s never easy to capture meteors with a camera, but I had a gut feeling I’d get one on my first exposure — and it happened! The meteor glowed orange…
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Naked-Eye Delight: Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

To whet your appetite for the upcoming eclipse, nature has an opening act performing this weekend. It’s the annual Perseid meteor shower, a pleasant “rain” of fiery flashes coming to a sky near you. Each year in mid-August, Earth zips through the stream of grit and ice boiled off the nucleus of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during…
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