Catch a ‘falling star’ with the smartphone in your pocket

A new free app helps you track meteors and contribute to science

By Bethany Brookshire, 16:13 PM December 19, 2013

Have you ever seen a shooting star? Scientists hope you have and will see more. With your help — and a new smartphone appyou also can provide them potentially useful data.

“Shooting stars” aren’t really stars, churning mega-balls of super-hot gas. They are chunks of solid rock or metal hurtling through space. Any passing through Earth’s atmosphere will encounter so much friction that they will warm to glowing hot temperatures. From a distance, these white-hot visitors from space only look li...

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