Newly discovered approaching comet C/2023 P1, or Nishimura, had its tail blown away by a coronal mass ejection on September 2.
This comet was only discovered on August 11 by amateur astronomer Hideo Nishimura, and is getting brighter in the sky as it approaches the Earth and sun.
The Perseids occur every year in July and August as the Earth passes through the cloud of dust left by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.
The huge explosion of light was seen on August 2, with eyewitnesses across the eastern U.S. reporting a mystery object falling to Earth.
The shower is one of the most spectacular celestial events of the year. Here's how you can view the cosmic display in the coming weeks.
Mercury also has a tail that streams out behind it as it gets close to the sun, but is only visible with a special filter that shows the glow of sodium.
The asteroid, named 2006 HV5, is one of the many Near-Earth Objects tracked by NASA.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), which has already been observed with the naked eye, is zooming away from Earth, perhaps never to return.
The green comet ZTF has passed its closest point to Earth but will still be visible for the next few weeks as it heads out of the solar system.
The comet will reach its minimum distance from our planet on February 1.
The comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is set to make a close approach to Earth on February 1, 2023, when it will come within roughly 26 million miles of our planet.
It may already be possible to see comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) with the naked eye from very dark locations.
The comet, which is due to pass near to the Earth on February 1, is now visible using the naked eye.
There are a handful of comets that are naked-eye candidates for the next few years, but none are guaranteed to reach this level of brightness.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) could become faintly visible to the naked eye prior to its close approach to Earth on February 1.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will make a close approach to Earth on February 1, when it might be faintly visible to the naked eye, around 26 million miles away.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) could soon be faintly visible to the naked eye.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will make its closest approach to Earth at the beginning of February, at which point it could be visible to the naked eye.
The comet is set to reach its closest point to the sun on Thursday.
You will only get one chance in your lifetime to view Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) as it speeds through the inner solar system.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) may never return to the inner solar system, and if it does, the cosmic snowball won't be back for at least another 50,000 years.
The comet, which will not return for another 50,000 years, should be visible with the naked eye in February.
The Taurid swarm crosses Earth's orbit once every few years, causing higher numbers of meteors to burn up in Earth's atmosphere.
Astronomer Tabare Gallardo told Newsweek the comets probably came from a larger space rock that was "previously disrupted."
Set to peak on Friday, the Perseids will be outshone by the supermoon on the same night.
The object that recently disintegrated may have originated from the breakup of a single, giant comet hundreds of years ago.