NASA is capturing meteor activity from space
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Science News describes the Geminids meteor shower, which peaked around 2:00 a.m. on December 14, 2018.
While this event was visible from the Earth, NASA is making it possible for the meteor shower to be viewed from space by recording HD video from inside the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF).
This footage will help scientists identify and monitor the activity of meteors.
Meteor Science Principal Investigator Tomoko Arai of the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan explained, “Our observations focus on annual meteor showers, such as Geminids and Perseids, because their meteoroids originated from known comets or asteroids, so-called meteor showers’ parent bodies.”
“The spectral information will tell us the chemical makeup of meteoroids and of their parent bodies. This can help us understand their origin and evolution.”
Video Credit: NASA Science News