Meteor is the name given to an object as it falls through the Earth's atmosphere. The same object is called a meteoroid when it's outside the atmosphere and a meteorite when it's found intact on the Earth. More » Science Astronomy Comets & Asteroids

Meteor showers occur regularly as Earth's orbit takes it through areas of space debris. As the debris enters the atmosphere, heat causes it to burn up, resulting in the streaks of light that are commonly known as shootin... More » Science Astronomy

The American Meteor Society's website gives a list of dates and approximate times of when meteor showers are visible. For example, Northern Taurids is viewable on November 11 and 12 at peak night in 2015 through 2025. More » Science Astronomy Comets & Asteroids
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