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Meteor Watch Day

Posted by Marge on June 30, 2017 in History or Holidays |

If you are a stargazer or UFO watcher, I hope the weather in your area calls for clear skies tonight. Tonight is Meteor Watch Day. It’s a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. I did this on another meteor watch night and did see some. Will you be lucky enough to see meteors streaking across the night sky? I sure hope so. It took me a while and some patience. Sometimes I was looking in one direction and out of the corner of my eye I would see one in the other direction. It can be maddening, but great fun and you don’t need a telescope.

Did you know meteors are space dust and ice that enter the earth’s atmosphere. Meteors can be as small as specks of dust. As they enter the atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, producing light as they streak across the night sky. Sometimes, you see them streak across the sky and disappear at the horizon. Other times, they end suddenly, burning out right before your eyes. Cool. Since its vacation, I’m sure your parents will allow you to meteor watch. Remind them it’s educational. 🙂

With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But, the best times to see meteors is during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year. The best annual show is the Perseid Meteor shower each August. I think that’s the night I observed several meteors last year. 

Enjoy Meteor Watch day as you scan the night skies in search of meteors. I sure hope you see some tonight! I will be scanning the night skies with you.

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