Did you know that up to 4,000,000,000 meteoroids fall to our planet every single day. Most of them burn in the Earth's atmosphere, however, some of them impact with the surface. This infographic will show you 5 largest meteorites on our planet.
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the year’s best, peaking in December. The Boulder Flatirons (Colorado) are in the foreground. (Image credit: Patrick Cullis) Jupiter is the bright “star” in the center, and you can also see the Pleiades star cluster near it with Orion on the left.
Asteroid 316201 has been named by its discoverer, NASA astronomer Amy Mainzer. She named it for Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who campaigns for education for girls. She's 17 and has already survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban and been awarded a Nobel Prize. The asteroid is circled.
Geminid meteors over Beijing, China. A stacked image of more than 20 meteors, taken in just 140 minutes. (Credit and copyright: Steed Yu) Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461
▶ B612 Impact Video. Between 2000 and 2013, a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations detected 26 explosions on Earth ranging in energy from 1-600 kilotons -- all caused not by nuclear explosions, but rather by asteroid impacts. Let's do something to protect ourselves!
Willamette Meteorite. It weighs some 32,000 pounds. You can get an idea of its size from the two people in the picture. The meteorite is located in the Rose Center of the American Natural History Museum in New York City. (Photo: GreenGimmick, Photobucket)
Geminids 2014. Taken from the summit of Mt. Changbai as a composite of digital frames capturing bright meteors near the shower's peak. Orion is near picture center above the volcanic cater lake. The shower's radiant in the constellation Gemini is to the upper left. The photographer encountered severe wind gusts and minus 34 degree C temperatures near the summit. (Image Credit & Copyright: Jia Hao) Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461
Pittsburgh Fireball February 17th, 2015. It was about two feet across and weighed around 500 lbs. (Credit: NASA All Sky Fireball Network / Bill Cooke) Mona Evans, "Meteors and Meteorites - Facts for Kids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art300999.asp
Geminids 2014. View from mid-northern latitudes at about 9:00 p.m. local time around December 13. The graphic doesn't represent the view at the time of maximum, but is just meant to help prospective observers find the radiant location. The red line across the bottom of the image represents the horizon. (Image produced by Gary W. Kronk using SkyChart III and Adobe Photoshop.)