There were a lot more questions than answers when a meteor exploded over Russia's Ural mountains earlier this month, but NASA has finally come out with what details it can regarding the event. They've released a new ScienceCast video through their ScienceAtNASA YouTube channel that explains what happened, and why no one saw it coming.
Christmas may not be here for another few weeks, but for
astrologyastronomy buffs everywhere, today might as well be it. Tonight marks the annual Geminid meteor shower -- named for the Gemini constellation it is conjectured to emanate from -- which will be peaking and boasting an estimated 100 meteors or more per hour. This isn't the only show that will be lighting up the skies tonight. Astronomers predict that the Geminids will be prefaced by a new, unnamed meteor shower. Granted, it won't be as spectacular as the shower to follow, but it's nevertheless managed to pique the collective interest of stargazers.