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Asteroid Vesta as imaged by NASA Dawn

Comet Hale Bopp

In 2013, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured these scenes of an asteroid breaking apart.

A meteor lights up the sky over the top of a mountain ridge near Park City, Utah

Meteors stream through the sky in this photograph from the Perseid meteor shower in August

The dark object in the bottom right of this image is a meteorite from the small asteroid 2008 TC3, which landed in Sudan's Nubian Desert in 2008.

In this rendering made with images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the dwarf planet Ceres is shown in false-color to highlight differences in the materials on its surface.