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

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

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

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Tour the Solar System with our essential facts and figures.

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

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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