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This Giant Fireball Over Michigan Was Visible From Six States and Canada

The National Weather Service has said that the most likely explanation for an object which sent out illumination and a sonic boom throughout southwest Michigan, five other states, and Canada on Tuesday night was the break up of a meteor, WXYZ reported. The American Meteor Society collected at least 200 reports of the incident, which for around a second was so bright it lit parts of the Detroit region like it was daytime. Read More >>

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Incoming Meteors Explode From the Inside, Simulations Suggest

Tomorrow night (weather permitting), you might be able to peer up to the sky and see some of the year’s brightest meteors, the Geminids. And now, thanks to new research, you may have a better understanding of why they sometimes blow up and make those spectacular flashes. Read More >>

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Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower Peak This Weekend

The Earth is once again passing through the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, producing the Orionid meteors that peak this weekend. Go outside! Look at space! Read More >>

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Did a Meteorite Start a Forest Fire in the USA? It’s Unlikely

A three-alarm forest fire in the White Mountains near Woodstock, New Hampshire was linked to reports of a meteorite strike, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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The Most Metal Video of 2016 is This Meteor Soaring Behind an Erupting Volcano

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a sign that we’re all about to die? Well, I can’t speak to that last one, but I can say that this video shows a meteor scorching across the sky while it passes behind an erupting volcano. And I can’t think of a more metal way to close out 2016. Read More >>

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Hubble Just Caught a Close-Up View of What Flying Into an Active Comet Looks Like

Comets brush by us all the time, but they’re usually not close enough for us to catch anything more than a glimpse as they streak through the sky. But, thanks to one very close comet, Hubble just got an incredible insider view. Read More >>

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Watch a Mysterious Green Object Soar Over Southern California

Countless people reported seeing a strange green orb tear across the southern California sky on Tuesday night. And as shown in a recent YouTube upload — complete with a perfect soundtrack — it looked spectacular. Read More >>

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The Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Tonight and Here’s How to Watch

The Lyrid meteor shower is tonight and—even though there’s going to be some obstacles to navigate—it’s still a spectacle you shouldn’t miss. Here’s how, when, and where to watch tonight’s Lyrids. Read More >>

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A Double Meteor Impact Hit Sweden 468 Million Years Ago

In the Swedish county of Jämtland, two large craters mark the site of a rare event: a double meteorite impact. The larger crater of the pair, a few miles south of the city of Östersund, is about 4.7 miles wide. A few miles away lies a smaller crater, nearly half a mile wide. The two craters are the first proven site of a double impact that researchers have identified so far. Read More >>

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Stunning Depictions of Ancient Comets That Scared the Hell Out of Humans

Long-tailed stars and mysterious glowing fireballs from the heavens were among the biggest and most fearful mysteries for stargazing humans throughout history. With the development of astronomy science, comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars became familiar objects of our universe, and with the advent of photography, depicting them became more precise. But before that, talented artists created amazing drawings and paintings of these mysterious rocks. The holes in their scientific knowledge were often filled with imagination and superstition, leaving a fascinating pictorial legacy for us to look at today. Read More >>

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An Asteroid With Active Volcanoes Once Wandered the Early Universe

Back in 2008, astronomers detected an asteroid heading straight toward Earth. For the first time ever, they tracked the rock as it veered towards our planet and exploded over the Nubian desert. Now, pieces of the recovered meteorite are beginning to reveal its secrets—like how it once harboured an active volcano. Read More >>

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Holy Cow, Another Crazy Meteorite Caught on Russian Dashcam

Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again, we get a driver's seat view of the phenomenon. How do you say "wow" in Russian?* Read More >>

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The Best Proposed Warning Systems Miss Half of Earth-Bound Meteors

Nobody expected the giant meteor which exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia last year—and according to new research, that might not change much in the coming years. Read More >>

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Glowing “Meteor Smoke” Clouds Appear Over Antarctica

NASA reports that rare, electric blue noctilucent clouds have reappeared over the South Pole, where the clouds are often spotted for five to ten days every year. NASA calls the clouds "a great geophysical light bulb" that are visible during the darkest nights. Read More >>