Near Earth Objects

Hunt the Asteroids

How do we find asteroids?

An image of a pair of binoculars on the Earth looking out to space showing small asteroids scattered through it.

Make Your Own Impact Crater

Impact craters are made when a space rock (called a meteorite or asteroid) hits a rocky planet or moon. The impact makes a round hole in the surface, called a crater.

Photo of the Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona

Meteor Showers

Perseid Meteor Shower
Credit: David Kingham

Meteors, sometimes called shooting stars, are not stars at all, but small rocks burning up as they fall through Earth's atmosphere. Their super fast speed through the air causes them to burn up as they fall.