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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 »

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Upcoming meteor shower schedules are available from the American Meteor Society and EarthySky.org. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory also publishes information about major meteor showers and how to see them. More »

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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 »

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Most meteors that enter the Earth's atmosphere are pieces of asteroids from the asteroid belt. The meteors were formed more than 4 billion years ago during what is thought to be the early stages of the solar system. More »

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Noted American author Samuel Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was born on Nov. 30, 1935, shortly after Halley's Comet was most visible on Earth on Nov. 16, 1835. He was widely quoted as saying that he "would go... More »

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Natural objects found outside of the Earth's atmosphere, such as planets, stars, moons, comets, meteors and asteroids, are some of the heavenly bodies in space. It is believed that there are other forms of heavenly bodie... More »

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Earth’s atmosphere protects life on the surface by filtering deadly ultraviolet radiation, destroying most meteors that pass through it and retaining heat. The atmosphere also provides oxygen to humans and carbon dioxide... More »

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