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Fireballs are falling to Earth tonight in numbers we won’t see for another 10 years — here’s how to watch

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Keep your eyes peeled tonight for some spectacular fireballs lighting up the sky.

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Fireballs are extremely bright meteors, and right now Earth is in the midst of the Tuarid meteor shower, which is peaking on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 11.

“The best time to view the Taurids is from midnight to 3 am local time,” NASA wrote in a Reddit AMA. “There should be a handful per hour. Taurid rates are not high, but the ones you will see will be very bright.”

The peak of the shower — when we can see the most meteors per hour — is expected to have between seven to 10 meteors per hour, and some of those are almost certain to be a fireball. The best way to watch any meteor shower is to get far away from city lights and look up, no special equipment required.

However, fireballs are bright enough to be seen even amidst city lights, so if you can’t get far away from the city, there’s still a chance you might spot one, or more.

Look to Taurus

Meteor showers usually happen when Earth passes through a comet’s stream of residual dust and debris in space.

TaurusCC: KHONTHAI Channel on Youtube

© Provided by Business Insider KHONTHAI Channel on Youtube The debris collides with our planet, is pulled toward Earth’s center by gravity, and burns up in the atmosphere, producing bright streaks in the night sky that we sometimes refer to as falling stars.

Compared to other meteor showers, the Taurid meteors are relatively sluggish, colliding with Earth at speeds of about 65,000 mph — less than half the speed of the rapid Perseid meteors, which move at about 133,000 mph.


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Next weekend, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR. The encounter could spark a new meteor shower. Forecasters aren’t sure how many meteors will appear; anything is possible from a complete dud to a magnificent meteor storm. Best estimates fall between 30 and 200 meteors per hour on May 24th between 0600 UT and 0800 UT on May 24th. Get the full story from Science@NASA


ScienceCasts: NASA on the Lookout for a New Meteor Shower

A first-of-its-kind meteor shower is expected to occur Friday night and into early Saturday morning.

The Camelopardalid meteor shower is a first because Earth has never run into the debris from this particular comet.

The Comet 209P/LINEAR is a very dim comet that orbits the sun every five years and was discovered in 2004.

MORE: New meteor shower could turn into meteor storm

Unlike other meteor showers expected to be visible around the same time of year, the Camelopardalid is unique because its debris is strongly influenced by Jupiter’s gravity, which constantly alters the orbit of this comet’s debris, said William Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.



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Published on Dec 28, 2013

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The Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the strongest meteor showers of the year, but observers can be disappointed if conditions are not just right. The point from where the Quadrantid meteors appear to radiate is located within the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis. On modern star charts, this radiant is located where the constellations Hercules, Boötes, and Draco meet in the sky. The shower can appear almost nonexistent until about 11 p.m. Unfortunately, the radiant does not attain a very high altitude for most Northern Hemisphere observers before morning twilight puts an end to the show. The best observations are actually possible from countries with high northern latitudes, such as Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The display is virtually nonexistent for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Quadrantids generally begin on December 28 and end on January 7, with maximum generally occurring during the morning hours of January 3/4. The Quadrantids are barely detectable on the beginning and ending dates, but observers in the Northern Hemisphere can see from 10 to around 60 meteors per hour at maximum. The maximum only lasts for a few hours.

There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Quadrantids. The Quadrantids are medium-paced when compared to meteors from other meteor showers. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backwards. If you end up where Hercules, Boötes, and Draco meet in the sky then you have probably seen a Quadrantid meteor! If you are not sure where the Quadrantid radiant is in the sky, the following chart will help you find it from the Northern Hemisphere:

Location of the Quadrantids
For Northern Hemisphere Observers

This represents the view from mid-northern latitudes at about 1:00 a.m. local time around January 4. The graphic does not represent the view at the time of maximum, but is simply meant to help prospective observers to find the radiant location. The red line across the bottom of the image represents the horizon. (Image produced by the Author using SkyChart III and Adobe Photoshop.)

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FIREBALL 12-26-2013….

The big Iowa fireball on 12-26-2013….

In the image below,,the fireball is the bright streak in the upper right corner,,just above the horizon….This would be north towards Des Moines….



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All Sky Fireball Network

Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth’s atmosphere and many other characteristics. Daily results are presented here on Spaceweather.com.

On Dec. 27, 2013, the network reported 16 fireballs.
(13 sporadics, 2 December Leonis Minorids, 1 December Hydrid)

In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point–Earth. The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow (red) to fast (blue). [Larger image] [movies]

On Dec. 26, 2013, the network reported 24 fireballs.
(21 sporadics, 3 December Leonis Minorids)

In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point–Earth. The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow (red) to fast (blue). [Larger image] [movies]



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by Dr. Tony Phillips.


  This sharp uptick in activity signals the official beginning of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower. For the next 3 to 4 days, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from rock comet 3200 Phaethon, producing dozens of meteors per hour flying out of the contellation Gemini. “There is a nice show going on right now,” says Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

The multiple cameras of NASA’s fireball network are able to measure the orbits of Geminid meteoroids. This plot shows the orbits of the 39 fireballs recorded so far this week:

Earth is the blue dot where all the orbits intersect. The purple curve shows the path of Geminid parent 3200 Phaethon.

Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Dec. 13-14 when Earth passes through the busiest part of Phaethon’s debris stream. Peak rates could reach 120 meteors per hour. However, glare from the nearly-full Moon could reduce the number of visible meteors 2- to 3-fold. Cooke advises looking during the hours just before local sunrise on Saturday, Dec. 14th. “At that time, the Moon will be below the horizon, improving your chances of seeing the show.”

You can listen to radar echoes from the Geminids, unaffected by moonlight, on Space Weather Radio. Also, tune into NASA’s live web chat about the Geminids on Friday the 13th beginning at 11 pm EST.


Geminid meteor shower will light up Friday night sky

Geminid meteor photographed over Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Dec. 12, 2010 Jimmy Westlak

More than 100 meteors will rocket across the sky on the night of Dec. 13 and early morning hours of the 14th. Visible from almost any point on Earth, it’s the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower.

The most intense meteor shower of the year, the Geminid features between 100 and 120 meteors per hour at its peak, traveling about 78,000 miles per hour. The full shower lasts from Dec. 12-16.

“The Geminids are my favorite because they defy explanation,” said Bill Cooke, lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, in a press release. “Of all the debris streams Earth passes through every year, the Geminids are by far the most massive. When we add up the amount of dust in the Geminid stream, it outweighs other streams by factors of 5 to 500.”

While most meteor showers are a collection of meteorids spewed from comets, the Geminid meteor shower features fragments and dusty debris of a “weird rocky object named 3200 Phaethon,” according to NASA.


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Geminid meteor shower set to peak, but moon might curtail viewing

Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM ET


This chart shows the radiant point for the Geminid meteor shower.

This week marks the peak of what is usually considered the most satisfying of all annual meteor displays: the Geminid meteor shower.

As was the case with last month’s Leonid meteor shower, however, prospective skywatchers should be aware that once again, observers will face a major obstacle in their attempt to see this year’s Geminid performance, namely, the moon.

Unfortunately, as luck would have it, the moon will turn full on Dec. 17, and as such, will seriously hamper viewing the peak of the Geminids, predicted to occur in the overnight hours of this Friday to Saturday. Bright moonlight will flood the sky through much of that night, playing havoc with any serious attempts to observe the usually spectacular meteor shower. [See amazing photos of the 2012 Geminid meteor shower]

The Geminids are already around, having been active only in a very weak and scattered form since about Dec. 7. Geminid activity is expected to be on an upswing in the nights to come, leading up to their peak on Friday night.

Historically, this shower has a reputation for being rich both in slow, bright, meteors as well as rather faint meteors, with relatively few of medium brightness. Many Geminid meteor shower streaks appear yellowish in hue. Every once in a while, a Geminid fireball will blaze forth, bright enough to be quite spectacular and more than capable of attracting attention even in bright moonlight.

“If you have not yet seen a mighty Geminid fireball arcing gracefully across an expanse of sky, then you have not seen a meteor,” astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote in their book, “Observe Meteors,” published by the Astronomical League.

Dark sky opportunities
The best times to look for streaking Geminids this year will be during the predawn hours several mornings before the night of full moon when the constellation Gemini will be standing high in the northwest sky. 


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l times in this chart are a.m. and are local standard times. “MS” is the time of moonset. “Dawn” is the time when morning (astronomical) twilight begins. “Win” is the available window of dark sky composed of the number of minutes between the time of moonset and the start of twilight.

In fact, three “windows” of dark skies will be available between moonset and the first light of dawn on the mornings of Dec. 13, 14 and 15. Generally speaking, there will be about two hours of completely dark skies available on the morning of Dec. 13. This window shrinks to only about an hour on the 14th, and to less than 10 minutes by the morning of the 15th.

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Published on Aug 13, 2013

As the Perseid meteor shower lit up the night sky, CNN iReporters captured these images.

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 Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2013 NX) 07th August 2013 0 day(s) 0.0818 31.8 100 m – 220 m 4.54 km/s 16344 km/h
(2009 CP5) 07th August 2013 0 day(s) 0.0883 34.4 140 m – 320 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 08th August 2013 1 day(s) 0.0207 8.1 260 m – 580 m 8.38 km/s 30168.000000000004 km/h
307070 (2002 AV31) 10th August 2013 3 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 230 m – 500 m 11.36 km/s 40896 km/h
(2010 AL30) 11th August 2013 4 day(s) 0.1944 75.6 9.8 m – 22 m 15.32 km/s 55152 km/h
6037 (1988 EG) 11th August 2013 4 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 480 m – 1.1 km 20.20 km/s 72720 km/h
(2013 NK4) 12th August 2013 5 day(s) 0.1215 47.3 480 m – 1.1 km 18.38 km/s 66168 km/h
164202 (2004 EW) 13th August 2013 6 day(s) 0.1829 71.2 190 m – 420 m 5.69 km/s 20484 km/h
(2012 DY13) 13th August 2013 6 day(s) 0.1122 43.7 6.8 m – 15 m 20.25 km/s 72900 km/h
(2008 ON10) 15th August 2013 8 day(s) 0.0469 18.2 32 m – 72 m 4.45 km/s 16020 km/h
(2003 QK5) 16th August 2013 9 day(s) 0.1784 69.4 81 m – 180 m 8.70 km/s 31319.999999999996 km/h
(2010 RX30) 18th August 2013 11 day(s) 0.1235 48.1 9.6 m – 22 m 7.75 km/s 27900 km/h
(2013 JT22) 19th August 2013 12 day(s) 0.1724 67.1 240 m – 530 m 10.01 km/s 36036 km/h
(2013 HG20) 20th August 2013 13 day(s) 0.0692 26.9 200 m – 440 m 10.58 km/s 38088 km/h
137126 (1999 CF9) 22nd August 2013 15 day(s) 0.0634 24.7 700 m – 1.6 km 18.92 km/s 68112 km/h
(2002 QZ6) 23rd August 2013 16 day(s) 0.1856 72.2 320 m – 710 m 14.06 km/s 50616 km/h
52760 (1998 ML14) 23rd August 2013 16 day(s) 0.0563 21.9 1.0 km 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
4581 Asclepius 24th August 2013 17 day(s) 0.1188 46.2 220 m – 490 m 7.58 km/s 27288 km/h
232691 (2004 AR1) 24th August 2013 17 day(s) 0.0543 21.1 300 m – 670 m 11.18 km/s 40248 km/h
(2007 CN26) 27th August 2013 20 day(s) 0.0305 11.9 170 m – 380 m 6.85 km/s 24660 km/h
(1996 TP6) 29th August 2013 22 day(s) 0.1777 69.2 250 m – 570 m 14.31 km/s 51516 km/h
(2008 PW4) 29th August 2013 22 day(s) 0.0367 14.3 90 m – 200 m 6.77 km/s 24372 km/h
360433 (2002 JR9) 30th August 2013 23 day(s) 0.1631 63.5 870 m – 1.9 km 12.65 km/s 45540 km/h
(2010 CD55) 30th August 2013 23 day(s) 0.0461 17.9 64 m – 140 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2013 GH66) 31st August 2013 24 day(s) 0.0669 26.1 6.4 m – 14 m 1.98 km/s 7128 km/h
(2006 EE1) 31st August 2013 24 day(s) 0.1379 53.6 290 m – 650 m 18.96 km/s 68256 km/h
358744 (2008 CR118) 01st September 2013 25 day(s) 0.1647 64.1 470 m – 1.1 km 16.08 km/s 57887.99999999999 km/h
(2005 EF) 05th September 2013 29 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 200 m – 450 m 9.68 km/s 34848 km/h
(1998 KY26) 05th September 2013 29 day(s) 0.1171 45.6 30 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO


Earth approaching objects – Friday August 2nd , 2013

Earth approaching objects – Tuesday July 23rd , 2013

Earth approaching objects – Thursday July 18th , 2013

Earth approaching objects – Saturday July 13th , 2013

Earth approaching objects – Tuesday July 2nd , 2013

Earth approaching objects – Tuesday June 25th , 2013

Earth approaching objects – Saturday June 22th, 2013

Earth approaching objects – Saturday June 15th, 2013

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Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on May 5th and 6th with as many as 55 meteors per hour in the southern hemisphere and half that number in the north. The best time to look is during the dark hours before local sunrise.  [photo gallery]

Two Eta Aquarid Meteors
Taken by Mike Lewinski on May 3, 2013 @ Embudo, New Mexico, USA








An active region just over the sun’s eastern limb exploded today, May 3rd @ 1730 UT, producing a strong M5-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a plume of hot plasma flying up from the blast site:


This is the second time in three days that this same farside active region has unleashed a strong flare. The sun’s rotation is carrying the sunspot around the bend, and it should emerge into view from Earth during the weekend. After that, Earth-directed flares are possible. An uptick in geoeffective solar activity appears to be in the offing. Stay tuned for updates.

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File photo: A fireball blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 200km away in Yekaterinburg, Moscow about two weeks ago.

13.03.2013 Event into space South Africa State of Western Cape, Cape Town Damage level

Event into space in South Africa on Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 at 10:09 (10:09 AM) UTC.

Residents across Cape Town claimed to have sighted a meteorite on Tuesday after what appears to have been a fireball “exploded” in the sky. It is said to have been sighted just after noon. Nicola Loaring, an outreach astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory, said they had received about four or five reports. The green and blue light with a white tail that was reported to them appeared to be that of “a fireball, which is a bright meteor”. Fireballs were caused by dust formed in space that enter Earth’s atmosphere. “There are two meteor showers in March with one peaking on March 13 and this could be related to that. Loaring said another meteor shower would start later this month and peak in April.” “Meteor showers are best viewed in the morning. Up to eight an hour can be seen,” Loaring said. People shouldn’t be alarmed since these were “common and predictable”. Company director John Houston captured part of the event on camera while he was driving on the N1 from Stellenbosch. There was a “huge” explosion that left a white cloud close to the Durbanville hills, he said.