Posts Tagged ‘Meteor Showers’

Ever Wonder What the Difference is Between a Comet and a Meteor?

Comet Image Gallery

A comet is a small celestial object made mostly of ice and dust that, when close enough to the sun, displays a visible coma (a fuzzy outline) and sometimes a tail. They typically orbit the sun in elongated paths and can be visible for days. A meteor, also known as a shooting star or falling star, is the visible streak of light that occurs when a meteoroid (small piece of debris in space) enters the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporizes. Meteors are typically much smaller than comets and are only visible for a few seconds.

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2009 Perseid Meteor Shower Review


This 2009 Perseid Meteor Shower Review was compiled by the staff writers here at Outer Space Universe.  We – as I am sure all of you – were anxiously awaiting the peak of the Perseid show which took place in the early morning hours of August 12, 2009.

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Edward Herrick Perseid Meteor Shower

perseid meteorNothing says late summer better than the Perseid Meteor Shower!  I wait every year to see this extravaganza of extraterrestrial fireballs.

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