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  • Great Expectations

    1998April 6, 2011

    On the morning of November 17th, bits and pieces of periodic comet Temple-Tuttle will begin to hurtle into Earth's atmosphere at a head-spinning 158,000 mph. The resultant Leonids' sky show may rival the brilliant storm of 1966 in some locations on Earth.

  • The Mysterious Geminid Meteor Shower

    1998April 6, 2011

    On December 13, 1998, fragments of a curious object called 3200 Phaethon may produce a beautiful sky show

  • Leonids Sample Return payload has been found

    1998April 6, 2011

    Scientists are examining the aerogel 'comet-catcher' for traces of Leonid meteoroids.

  • The Tunguska Impact--100 Years Later

    2008April 6, 2011

    One hundred years after the Tunguska event in Siberia, scientists review what they've learned about the mysterious blast from the heavens.

  • Mini-CometsApproaching Earth

    2006Sept. 20, 2011

    A cometary "string-of-pearls" will fly past Earth in May 2006 giving astronomers a fantastic view of a comet in its death throes.

  • In Search of Crater Chains

    2006April 6, 2011

    What happens when a fragmented comet hits the surface of a planet? It makes a chain of craters. Researchers are looking for evidence of these crater chains here on Earth.

  • Corkscrew Asteroids

    2006April 6, 2011

    A tiny asteroid corkscrewing around Earth for the past seven years is about to leave the neighborhood.

  • Bright Asteroid

    2001April 6, 2011

    A big and bright near-Earth asteroid will glide by our planet on Dec. 16th within easy range of powerful radars and backyard telescopes.

  • Comet Borrelly Revealed

    2001April 6, 2011

    Against all odds, NASA's Deep Space 1not only survived its daring encounter with Comet Borrelly but also returned stunning pictures of the comet's hidden nucleus.

  • Weird Geminids

    2001April 6, 2011

    What are the Geminid meteors? Scientists aren't sure. Perhaps chips off an exotic asteroid or dust from an extinct comet. In either case, they'll soon be here.