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Asteroids and meteors

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Map-projected view of Ceres. It was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its initial approach to the dwarf planet. It reveals the diversity of the surface of this planetary body. Differences in morphology and color across the surface suggest Ceres was once an active body. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

Dawn's Ceres Color Map Reveals Surface Diversity

Ceres photographed on May 2-4 by the Dawn spacecraft. The “pair” of bright spots in this crater turn out to be made up of more spots. It looks as though they're created by sunlight reflecting off very reflective material, possibly ice. But there will be more data to come. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA / montage by Tom Ruen)

Ceres' White Spots Multiply in Latest Dawn Photos

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.

Malala Yousafzai gets her own asteroid

Ceres. Image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of the dwarf planet on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 km). It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA) Mona Evans, "Ceres Facts for Kids" www.bellaonline.c...

Ceres Bizarre Bright Spot Now Has a Companion

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" www.bellaonline.c...

Pittsburgh Fireball February 17th, 2015

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" www.bellaonline.c...

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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" www.bellaonline.c...

A stunning moment captured as a Geminid meteor over Mt. Fuji is reflected in Lake Saiko on December 14, 2014. (Credit and copyright: Yuga Kurita)

Geminid Meteor And Aurora Australis. (Photo credit: Les Ladbrook) Taken on December 15, 2014 as @ a Geminid meteor heads through a mild Aurora Australis. You cam see the the reflection of the meteor in the water.

Geminid Meteor And Aurora Australis

Geminids 2014. A village in Buckinghamshire was illuminated by the light of the moon and hundreds of shooting stars streaking through the sky. (Photo credit & copyright: Jake Henderson)

Spectacular Geminid meteor shower lights up the skies

Geminids 2014. Shooting stars were seen streaking across the night sky just after midnight in London and past the Dover Patrol Memorial, Kent (pictured). (Image credit & copyright: Graham Mitchell) Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" www.bellaonline.c...

Spectacular Geminid meteor shower lights up the skies

Geminids 2014. View from mid-southern latitudes at about 11:00 p.m. local time around December 13. The graphic doesn't represent the view at the time of maximum, it's just meant to help observers find the radiant location. The red line across the bottom of the image represents the horizon. Although the actual radiant is below the horizon, the stars just above the horizon are those of the constellation Perseus. (Image produced by Gary W. Kronkr using SkyChart III and Adobe Photoshop.)

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.)

Spitzer Space Telescope Views Collision Between Large Asteroids August 29, 2014 NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope witnessed a giant surge in dust around the star, likely the result of two asteroids colliding. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Jure Atanackov captured this brilliant -9 magnitude Perseid fireball in constellation Cetus on August 12, 2010.

Asteroid 243 Ida & Dactyl. (August 28, 1993) The second asteroid to be visited and the first found to have its own tiny moon. (Image: Galileo)

Images Of Asteroids Ida & Dactyl

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.

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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)

Willamette Meteorite

An eta Aquarid fireball meteor streaks through the pre-dawn sky in central Maine sky 2014-05-06. (Credit: Mike Taylor) The Milky Way is reflected in a pond. Beautiful shot. Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" www.bellaonline.c...

The light curve of UCAC4 248-108672 during Chariklo’s occultation on 3 June 2013. The light curve shows the stellar light as a function of time, with the central dip caused by Chariklo transiting in front of the background star, and the two dips either side due to Chariklo’s two rings blocking some of the stellar light. (Credit: Braga-Ribas et al. 2014, Nature)

Asteroid Ida and its satellite Dactyl. Image made from data collected by the spacecraft Galileo on its close approach to the asteroid (1993-08-28).

Ceres, dwarf planet & largest object in the asteroid belt. Hubble Space Telescope color image with enhanced contrast. NASA's Dawn mission is due to arrive at Ceres early in 2015. [Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), P. Thomas (Cornell University), & L. McFadden (University of Maryland, College Park)] Mona Evans, "Ceres Facts for Kids" www.bellaonline.c...

Chariklo is a comet-like miniature planet located between Saturn and Uranus. It has a diameter of 250 km and new observations show that there are two rings of ice particles and pebbles. This is the first time such a small celestial body with rings has been observed. (Credit: Lucie Maquet)

Artist's impression of the asteroid belt. (Image credit - or blame! - NASA/JPL-Caltech) The asteroid belt isn't crowded, even with 800 trillion asteroids bigger than a meter. Its volume is about 50 trillion trillion cubic km, giving each asteroid an average billions of cubic km of space. "In fact," as Brian Koberlein says, “to get even close to an asteroid takes a great deal of effort.” Mona Evans, "Asteroid Facts for Kids" www.bellaonline.c...