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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

Celestial Objects to Observe

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.

John Locke

Celestial Objects to Observe

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.