[Surfnetkids: 23 Apr 2008] Meteor Showers

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Jokes By Kids
3. Weekly Topic: Meteor Showers
4. What You are Missing This Week
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Subscription Management

#1. April 23, 2008

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Barbara,

Do you use RSS feeds? I added a few new RSS feeds to the my BarbaraFeldman.com blog this week. For example, each post with comments, now has a comments feed. And each category also has a feed.

Which brings up the following question: do you use RSS feeds? I have written about RSS many times, but am still not sure how widely they are used and by whom.

Do you use them? Please take a moment to vote in my poll and then to post a comment telling us how you use RSS feeds or why you don’t. For example, do you read them in Google Reader? Do you syndicate them on your home page? Do tell. Inquiring minds want to know :)


See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Jokes By Kids

Clean, funny jokes by kids, for kids. In your mailbox twice a week.


#3. Meteor Showers

by Barbara J. Feldman

Meteor Showers Printable (** for premium members only)

Meteor showers are cyclical, predictable events because they are formed from the icy rock debris shed by comets as they pass the Sun. The following sites explain why they happen, when they occur, and offer tips on how to best view them.

Astonomy.com: Meteors and Meteor Showers
From the print magazine Astronomy, comes this excellent one-page introduction to meteors and meteor showers. “The science of meteor astronomy began in 1833, when a storm of 60,000 meteors an hour shocked the world. By the 1860s, it had become clear that many meteor showers were annual — including the normally placid Leonids, which produced the big storm — and that they were somehow related to comets.” Be sure to scroll down the page for a summary of each of annual meteor showers from Quadrantids (early January) to the Geminids (mid-December.)

Meteor Showers Online
In recognition of his extensive comet research, Gary Kronk has been honored by the International Astronomical Union with a minor planet named after him . His Meteor Showers Online site covers all the basics, with sections on How to Watch Meteors and a Meteor Shower Calendar. “The beauty of observing meteors is that it is the one branch of astronomy that requires virtually no equipment, or at least no expensive optical equipment. The optical equipment you will use are your eyes and the only other equipment you really need is a reclining chair.”

Space.com: All About Meteors
With an image gallery, a video library, an article archive, and a meteor shower pronunciation guide with audio clips, Space.com is chock full of yummy meteor goodness. Although many of the articles refer to meteor showers of years past, there is still plenty to learn here. “Though often referred to as a shooting star, a meteor is not a star at all. Meteors are actually fallen debris from a comet.”

… Click to continue Meteor Showers.

#4. What You’re Missing This Week

Printables Club Members also get the following downloads to use in the classroom or to send home with students:

Meteor Showers Printable
Printable Meteor Showers Word Search
Stargazing Printable
Hubble Space Telescope Printable

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#5. Related Games

Meteor Showers Word Search

Printable Meteor Showers Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/meteor_showers-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)

Asteroid Word Search

Asteroids Arcade Game

(Learn how to make kids games just like these with my How to Add Games to Your Site step-by-step manual.)

#6.Quote of the Week

“Well done is better than well said.” ~~Benjamin Franklin (January 17 1706 – April 17, 1790) American statesmen, author, printer, satirist.

More Ben Franklin quotes.

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#7.Subscription Management

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