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.

 

 

 

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

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

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What is the Eta Aquariid meteor shower, when does it happen and how can I see it in 2020?

Lyrid Meteor Shower

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

Delta Aquariids meteor shower

In 2020 the Delta Aquariids meteor shower is active from 12 July to 23 August, with the peak of the meteor shower taking place in the early hours of the morning on 29/30 July. 

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The annual Lyrid meteor shower is underway and will be growing to its peak on Weds 22–Thurs 23 April.

Hunting Moon © Jean Baptise Feldmann, Astronomy Photographer of the Year People and Space Runner Up 2011

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

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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

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Comets have fascinated us for hundreds of years as they hurtled past Earth as celestial sprays of fire but they are only now at all understood. 

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What are comets, meteors, shooting stars, meteorites and asteroids made of? And what is the difference between them all? 

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