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The Geminids meteor shower lights up the sky over the Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, near the village San Nicolas de los Ranchos in the state of Puebla, December 14, 2004.

The Geminids meteor shower peaks this weekend, with hundreds of multicolored shooting stars. Here’s how to spot them.

Unlike most meteor showers, which come from comet dust, the Geminids are fragments of an asteroid. Earth passes through the cloud each December.
An artist's illustration of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun.

The Geminids meteor shower peaks this weekend. NASA’s solar probe just spotted the giant trail of asteroid dust for the first time ever.

NASA released the Parker Solar Probe's early findings this month. It stumbled on the never-before-seen trail of asteroid dust that makes the Geminids.
An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.

NASA is finally planning to launch a space telescope to detect deadly asteroids before they hit Earth. Here’s how it could work.

The asteroid-hunting telescope is "a breakthrough decades in the making," one researcher said. It could protect Earth from a constant threat.

An amateur astronomer accidentally recorded a rare flash on Jupiter. The culprit turned out to be a 450-ton meteor.

The asteroid's impact released as much energy as the explosion of 240,000 tons of TNT, according to new analysis of the video.
The simulation described an asteroid headed towards Denver, Colorado.

A ‘city-killer’ asteroid got scarily close to Earth yesterday, and astronomers didn’t know about it until it was just days away

A 427-foot-wide asteroid passed within 45,000 miles of Earth yesterday. Scientists weren't able to see it coming until it was just days away.

A Japanese spacecraft has landed on an asteroid after blasting it with a bullet. The mission will bring back rock samples to Earth.

Asteroid Ryugu could hold clues to the history of our solar system, so Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is designed to bring samples of it back to Earth.

A 1,100-foot-wide asteroid is on course to pass by Earth in a decade

It is rare for an asteroid of this size to pass Earth so closely, according to NASA.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Planetary Defense Conference in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019.

NASA chief warns that people need to take the threat of a meteor crashing into Earth much more seriously

Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said the threat of a meteor crashing into Earth is bigger than we might think.
JAXA's mission control during Friday's mission.

Japan dropped a bomb on an asteroid in the name of science, as it tries to learn more about the history of the solar system

Japan's JAXA space agency offloaded the bomb on Ryugu asteroid on Friday. The agency's mission could help determine the origins of the solar system.

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is set to narrowly miss Earth tonight

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is set to narrowly miss Earth on Tuesday evening. Luckily, it won't actually smack into our planet or cause any damage. The asteroid, dubbed 2010 WC9, will come closer to our planet than any asteroid of its size has in hundreds of years.