Halley's Comet

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How to Watch the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower This Week

You're either going to want to go to bed very early or very, very late

(Newser) - The Eta Aquarids meteor shower happens when Earth passes through the debris left behind by Halley's Comet, and it's peaking this week, the New York Times reports. The Weather Network reports that most everyone will have a good view of the shower Thursday and Friday. About 10 to... More »

Get Set for Pre-Dawn Meteor Shower

It's a great year to see the Orionids, astronomers say

(Newser) - The annual Orionid meteor shower will be at its peak before dawn today, and astronomers say that since it is very close to a new moon, conditions will be just right to see around 20 meteors per hour. A NASA spokesman says "observing conditions should be ideal" for "... More »

NASA 'Space Thief' Ready to Return Satellite

Robert Farquhar says he 'borrowed' ISEE-3 31 years ago

(Newser) - It was a feat then-President Ronald Reagan marked with a congratulatory letter: In September 1985, as the rest of the world was chasing Halley's Comet, the US became the first to have a satellite intercept a comet, one named Giacobini-Zinner. Thing is, we achieved the feat after NASA scientist... More »

For Early Plague in Europe, Blame Halley's Comet?

Scientists think piece hit Earth in 530 AD, caused drought and famine

(Newser) - Halley's Comet provided more than just a light show for residents of planet Earth in the year 530 AD—a chunk of it may have slammed into Greenland, creating such a massive dust storm in the atmosphere that it triggered drought, famine, and possibly even the first recorded instance... More »

Meteor Shower Tonight

Orionids peak overnight

(Newser) - Night owls get a light show tonight—the Orionid meteor shower peaks in the overnight hours. Things should pick up about midnight, but the best viewing will probably be just before dawn. The Earth is passing through debris from Halley's Comet, though the comet itself won't be making... More »

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