[Surfnetkids] Meteor Showers

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Meteor Showers

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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.

American Meteor Society: Meteor Shower Basics

“From earliest times, humankind has noticed flurries of meteors that seemed to emanate from points in the sky at particular times of the year. These flurries, now called meteor showers, are produced by small fragments of cosmic debris entering the earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speed.” Visit the AMS site for Meteor FAQs, Photos, Videos, a Meteor Shower Calendar, and this introductory article.

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.”

Sky & Telescope: Meteors: A Primer

“Shower meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but their direction of motion is away from the constellation whose name the shower bears. This apparent point of origin is known as the radiant.” For more meteor facts and viewing tips, click on the Meteors category link at the bottom of this article.

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“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.” ~~ Galileo ~~ (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. Read more at: http://www.lightafire.com/quotations/authors/galileo/

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