Small Bodies

According to the International Astronomical Union, small Solar System bodies include comets, asteroids, and trans-Neptunian objects (except for dwarf planets). Most asteroids and trans-Neptunian objects are located in the asteroid belt and the Kuiper Belt. The comets mainly come from the Oort Cloud. From time to time, small Solar System bodies can get quite close to the Earth and even become potentially hazardous objects. Here, you'll learn many interesting facts about different types of small bodies and discover which of them are really to be feared.

C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS): Will It Be The Next Great Comet?

~8 min
Astronomical News

Comet C/2023 A3 could reach naked-eye visibility by October 2024 and be the next bright comet! ☄️ Learn how to see it now and when it's best to observe.

Great Comets Quiz

Great Comets Quiz: Fun Facts About the Top Comets in History

Quizzes

Ready to chase some comets? Take this quiz to learn about the most valuable ones! The great comets are extraordinarily bright and appear in the sky only a few times a century. They can cause panic or awe, aid scientific discovery, or even help raise funds for observatories. Let's ride through time on the tails of the great comets!

Pons-Brooks Best Comet 2024

Catch the 'Devil Comet' Before It's Gone: Your Guide to Viewing 12P/Pons-Brooks

~6 min
Astronomical News

Don't miss out! This is your last opportunity to view the "devil comet" 12P/Pons-Brooks, even with small binoculars. Follow this guide to catch a glimpse of this "space volcano" in the sky.

Is It a Real Name?

Space Quiz: Is It a Real Name?

Quizzes

Astronomers are great in coming up with weird space names. The only people who can compete with them are authors of books, games, movies, and TV series. In this quiz, we've mixed up real and fictional space objects that have beautiful, funny, mysterious, or telling names. Guess which of these objects actually exist and which are imaginary!

Asteroid 2015 TB145 passing near Earth

When Is the Next Asteroid Predicted to Hit Earth in 2024?

~10 min
Astronomical News

Is it likely for an asteroid to hit Earth anytime soon? In this article, we’ll answer the most burning questions about potentially hazardous asteroids.

Comets 2023

When Is the Next Comet: Comets 2024 Schedule

~3 min
Astronomical News

Learn about the brightest comets observable from the Earth in 2024. Some of them might become visible through binoculars or even with the naked eye!

Comet Encke path 2023

Comet Encke: When and How to See It in 2023

~4 min
Astronomical News

Explore Comet Encke: get observing tips for October 2023, uncover the comet’s discovery history, and learn fascinating facts in our comprehensive guide.

Comet Nishimura path in September 2023

Comet Nishimura: The Brightest Comet 2023 Can Be Visible to the Naked Eye Now

~7 min
Astronomical News

Comet Nishimura made its closest approach to the Earth on September 12. It didn't get bright enough to be seen in the Sun’s glare. However, these are the final days to try your luck at observing the comet. Check out our article to learn how.

Great comets

Great Comets: What Are They and When Is the Next One?

~3 min
Astronomical News

A great comet is an extraordinary event. Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. Is there a great comet coming up? Learn from this article!

Oort cloud

Explore the Oort Cloud, Home of Long-Period Comets

~6 min
Astronomical News

The Oort cloud is a vast and enigmatic region of space located at the outermost edges of our Solar System. It’s home to long-period comets and trillions of icy objects. Unlock the mysteries of the Oort cloud with this article!