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Meteors and Meteorites

A meteor is a “shooting star”; a bit of interplanetary ice or rock that vaporizes in Earth’s upper atmosphere as a burst of incandescent gas. A meteorite is a space rock that strikes the surface of Earth. Most meteorites are classified as stony because of their mineral composition, which may include olivine, pyroxene, serpentine, sulfates, organic compounds, iron, and nickel. See our list of this year’s meteor showers for more information.


Mars meteorite

Meteorites May 19, 2010

Featured Images

A meteorite on the Antarctic ice

Rock Hunting December 6, 2017

Bright meteor over Europe

Bright Meteor November 15, 2017

Map showing the path of the Peekskill meteorite

Bright Visitor October 9, 2017

Noctilucent clouds over the north pole

Glowing Skies July 29, 2017

Radio Programs

Hunting Space Rocks II Extreme rock hunting December 6, 2017

Hunting Space Rocks Rock hunting on ice December 5, 2017

Moon and Regulus Flashes on the dark Moon November 10, 2017

Peekskill Meteorite An unusual auto collision October 9, 2017

Bright Invaders A bright cosmic invasion October 3, 2016

Spacey Artifacts Trinkets from beyond in a pharaoh’s tomb June 24, 2016

Iron From Above Iron trinkets from beyond Earth June 23, 2016

Shergotty A piece of Mars falls from the sky August 24, 2015

Perseid Meteors Fiery skies from comet dust August 9, 2015

Noctilucent Clouds Electric-blue clouds in the twilight July 26, 2015

Rock Fight Fighting over a rock from space May 1, 2015

Meteorites III Picking up some unusual rocks April 18, 2015

Meteorites II Measuring the age of the solar system April 17, 2015

Meteorites Rare treasures from beyond Earth April 16, 2015

Hints of Life Hints of life in more Mars rocks February 26, 2015

Meteor Plots On the trail of “shooting stars” January 28, 2015

Cosmic Hailstones Telling tales of space rocks June 11, 2014

Moon and Mars Evidence of life in a rock from Mars June 5, 2014

Lyrid Meteor Shower Meteors for all occasions April 19, 2014

Lithopanspermia Catching a ride to the outer solar system March 30, 2014

Old Mars Rock A relic of a bygone era on Mars March 15, 2014

Moon and Regulus Bright flashes on the surface of the Moon March 12, 2014

Antarctic Adventures Ice, rocks, and other worlds November 10, 2013

Orionid Meteors Moonlight and meteors October 19, 2013

Draconid Meteors Sparks from the celestial dragon October 5, 2013

Moon and Antares Dusting off some moonrocks August 13, 2013

Eta Aquarid Meteors Sparks from a “wet” constellation May 3, 2013

Sutter’s Mill A new strike at Sutter’s Mill April 22, 2013

Capistrano Meteorite A California town gets a visitor March 14, 2013

Flashy Neighbor Evidence of a flashy neighbor January 21, 2013

Moon and Mars Visitors from other worlds December 14, 2012

Orionid Meteors A trail of lights from a messy comet October 19, 2012

Zagami Meteorite A startling messenger from Mars October 2, 2012

Dawn II Piecing together the story of an asteroid August 22, 2012

Desert Storm A rain of stones from beyond Earth July 18, 2012

Sun Power Weathering bouts of space weather June 12, 2012

Space Rocks III In search of space rocks January 19, 2012

Space Rocks II Studying pieces of other worlds January 18, 2012

Space Rocks Rocks from beyond Earth January 17, 2012

Harvey Nininger II Buying space rocks for a dollar a pound January 16, 2012

Harvey Nininger A burning passion for space rocks January 15, 2012