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Celestial News & Events

Perseids Peak August 11–12 — Get Ready for the Show

The Perseid meteor shower is like no other. Every August it delivers up to 100 meteors an hour in pleasant weather conducive to getting outside and staying up late. What's more, most kids still aren't in school, making it possible for the entire family to enjoy the event.

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Meteors

The Best Meteor Showers in 2020

Sky & Telescope predicts that the three best meteor showers — the Quadrantids (peaking on January 4th!), Perseids and Geminids — will all have strong showings this year.

Perseid meteor

Astrophotography with Jerry Lodriguss

How to Photograph a Meteor Shower: Capturing the Perseids

Learn how to photograph a meteor shower with these step-by-step instructions, as well as advice for the advanced imager.

Leonid fireball

Celestial Objects to Observe

The Basics of Meteor Observing

Here are a few hints to enhance your meteor-watching experience.

Geminid meteor

Celestial Objects to Observe

Advanced Meteor Observing

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.

A bright Perseid meteor

Meteors

About Meteors

Meteors, meteoroids, meteorites, and fireballs — keep all these look-alike terms straight.

Perseid Meteor

Celestial Objects to Observe

Observing the Perseids - A Perennial Guide

The Perseids meteor shower is one of the year's top astronomical highlights. Learn how best to see the meteors.

Comet Halley

Meteors

Eta Aquariids: Halley's Comet Crumbs

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.

Quadrantid meteor

Meteors

History of the Quadrantid Meteors

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.

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Meteors

The Discovery of the Perseid Meteors

It took the mindset of a detective to discover the truth behind the meteors of mid-August.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Meteors That Changed the World

When "shooting stars" make the transition from heaven to earth, even small strikes can have a huge impact on human history.

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