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  • Millennium Meteors

    2000April 6, 2011

    One of the most intense annual meteor showers, the Quadrantids, will peak over North America on January 3, 2001. Sky watchers could see an impressive outburst numbering as many as 100 shooting stars per hour.

  • Strangers in the Night

    2000April 6, 2011

    During an unplanned rendezvous, the Ulysses spacecraft found itself gliding though the immense tail of Comet Hyakutake, revealing that comet tails may be much longer than previously believed. Ulysses was hundreds of millions of kilometers away from Hyakutake when the unexpected encounter took place.

  • Ham Radios in Space

    2000April 6, 2011

    Ham radio operators are notorious for their love of long-distance radio chats. Now, thanks to NASA's SAREX program, hams and students on Earth can enjoy the ultimate long-distance radio experience by contacting Astronautsorbiting on board the Space Shuttleand, one day soon, on the International Space Station.

  • Moonlit Meteors

    2000April 6, 2011

    The oldest known meteor shower peaks on the morning of April 22 just four days after the Full Moon. Bright moonlight will reduce the number of shooting stars that are easy to see, but many meteor enthusiasts will be watching anyway because it's been over 3 months since the last major meteor shower.

  • Hot X-rays from a Cold Comet

    2000April 6, 2011

    Normally, x-ray astronomers concern themselves with the most violent and fiery denizens of the Universe. But, last month researchers solved a cosmic mystery when they turned Chandra toward Comet LINEAR, a chilly snowball from the outer solar system.

  • Weekend Meteors

    2000April 6, 2011

    On Friday the 13th of October a brilliant fireball startled stargazers in Texas and Kansas. But that was just a piece of space junk -- a real meteor shower arrives this weekend when Earth passes through a stream of debris from Halley's comet.

  • The Baffling Geminid Meteor Shower

    2000April 6, 2011

    Most meteor showers are caused by comets, but the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks next Wednesday morning, seems to come from a curious near-Earth asteroid named 3200 Phaethon.

  • Microscopic Stowaways on the ISS

    2000April 6, 2011

    Wherever humans go microbes will surely follow, and the Space Stationis no exception. In this article, NASA scientists discuss how Astronautson the ISS will keep potentially bothersome microorganisms under control.

  • The Moonlit Leonids 2000

    2000April 6, 2011

    Our planet is heading for a minefield of cosmic dust streams laid down by periodic comet Tempel-Tuttle. The result could be a series of three Leonid meteor outbursts on Nov. 17 and 18, 2000. The bright quarter Moon, which will lie in the constellation Leo, could overpower faint meteors.

  • First Light from Eros Orbit

    2000April 6, 2011

    NEAR's first close-up pictures from Eros orbit have arrived at Earth. This story includes a beautiful image of a large crater on the asteroid and highlights from this afternoon's NASA press briefing.