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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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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The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most dramatic things to see in the night sky between July and August. Find out the best dates to see the spectacular display, as well as where to look and how to photograph it.

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

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