This false-color composite image shows meteors streaking through the skies over NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., on the night of Jan. 3-4, 2012.

Ring in 2015 With the Quadrantid Meteor Shower

The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekend

One of the 4,700-year-old impact craters at Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve in Australia.

To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigines

Oral traditions may have preserved records of impacts over thousands of years and could lead to fresh scientific discoveries

The projected path of asteroid 2014 RC past Earth on September 7, 2014

Assumed Asteroid Remnant Leaves Crater in Nicaragua

A small rock from a passing asteroid left a crater in Nicaragua

A Perseid streaks across the sky over the archaeological site Stobi in modern-day Macedonia

The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Watch the remains of comet Swift-Tuttle burn up in the atmosphere

There are no photos of the never-before-seen meteor shower yet, obviously, so here's a pretty one from the Geminids in 2011.

Friday Night Will Be the First And Last Chance to See an Entirely New Meteor "Storm"

A new meteor shower should take place overnight from May 23 to May 24

A Lyrid meteor as seen from Oregon in 2012

Look Up Tonight As the Lyrid Meteor Shower Hits Its Peak

Look to the northeast tonight to catch the peak of the annual meteor shower

According to mineralogist Jeffrey E. Post, having the Hope Diamond is like having a black polished table in your living room—every bit of dust shows.

Why Do Meteor Showers Occur About the Same Time Every Year and Other Questions From Our Readers

In the latest edition of Ask Smithsonian, we sent your burning questions to the Institution's curators


Meteor Shower Rewards Early Risers Tomorrow


Mining for Meteorites

As prices skyrocket, gonzo collectors are combing the globe for these celestial fragments—and riling researchers

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