There are a million space rocks nearby. Astronomers have only mapped about 9,700 of them.
Why do meteors come when they do? What does the motion of the planet have to do with meteor speed?
Shooting stars can appear to be moving very fast or seem to linger in the sky. Why is there such a difference in speed?
During a "meteor shower" bits of rocky material that enter our atmosphere from space burn up because of friction.
It was a great moment in the history of NASA, especially since people had been working so long at trying to get a probe to Mars
What happens to a comet after it's exciting entrance into our orbit?
You’re out on a clear, starry night with your best friend, looking for shooting stars. Look, there’s one, your friend shouts, but by the time you look, it’s gone. There’s another, she cries. Too late, you missed it. Then one comes along that seems to just amble across the sky, nice and slow. Why is it that some shooting stars are so fast and others are much slower? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Enjoy star gazing?Then this Moment of Science is for you!