Meteors, comets & asteroids

Whether you are wishing on a ‘shooting star’ or wondering about the likelihood of an asteroid ending life on earth, read on for more about the origins of comets, meteors and asteroids. Plus, discover how you can learn to observe asteroids for yourself.




A meteor is a small piece of interplanetary matter entering the Earth's atmosphere and 'burning up' at a height of about 100 km.

What’s out there in space lurking close to the Earth and is it going to hit us?

What would you see at the furthermost edge of the Solar System as you finally left the Sun behind?

Tour the Solar System with our essential facts and figures.

What is it, when is it and where can I see the Perseid Meteor shower this year? Astronomer Tom Kerrs tell you how you can see this meteoric marvel.     

What is it, when is it and where can I see the Leonid meteor shower this year?

19th-century astronomers went beyond cataloguing the skies to understanding their composition and predicting what could not be seen.

The challenges of measuring everything from a fast-moving, wobbly platform through a haze.

It is a star, is it a planet or is it a plane? A handy guide to identifying that bright object you saw last night.

Hundreds of thousands of asteroids litter the solar system - while fragments of them rain down as meteorites - yet the first one was only found in 1801