The annual Lyrid meteor shower will add some pop and sizzle to Saturday's pre-dawn sky. With little interference from the Moon, conditions are ideal for meteor watching.
Everyone enjoys the brief and sometimes dazzling streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars." Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2017 will be the Quadrantids in early January and the Geminids in mid-December.
Learn how to photograph a meteor shower with these step-by-step instructions, as well as advice for the advanced imager.
Here are a few hints to enhance your meteor-watching experience.
Meteor studies have relied heavily on amateur observers for more than a century. They still do. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to plan a meteor watch.
Meteors, meteoroids, meteorites, and fireballs — keep all these look-alike terms straight.
The Perseids meteor shower is one of the year's top astronomical highlights. Learn how best to see the meteors.
Flecks of dust shed long ago by Edmond Halley’s famous namesake arrive like clockwork each year, creating a minor meteor shower in early May.
Read about the history and source of the Quadrantid meteor stream, which provides one of the most intense annual meteor displays. Its brief, sharp maximum lasts only a few hours in early January.
It took the mindset of a detective to discover the truth behind the meteors of mid-August.
When "shooting stars" make the transition from heaven to earth, even small strikes can have a huge impact on human history.