Today’s topic is in honor of the Delta Aquariids meteor shower which will be in view predawn on July 28-29, 2022.
In other news, we had a fantastic two-week trip to Israel, our first big trip since the start of Covid. Unfortunately, the punchline was that my husband got Covid-19, with his symptoms starting a day after we returned home. He’s better now, and amazingly, I didn’t get sick, probably due to immunity from my bout with Covid in May. Fortunately, his case (and mine) were mild, and we’ve put it behind us now.
Hope you and yours are staying healthy. This newest round is the most infectious strain we’ve seen so far!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
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.
American Meteor Society: Meteor FAQs
“Most meteor showers have their origins with comets. Each time a comet swings by the sun, it produces copious amounts of meteoroid sized particles which will eventually spread out along the entire orbit of the comet to form a meteoroid stream.” Visit the AMS site for answers to common meteor questions, photos, videos, and a Meteor Shower Calendar.
EarthSky: Meteor Shower Guide
Scroll through EarthSky’s meteor calendar, from the Quadrantids (in January) to December’s Gemids, to get the low-down on what’s showing in a sky near you. There are also pointers on what to bring with you, and on finding a dark sky. “Although astronomers have tried to publish exact predictions in recent years, meteor showers remain notoriously unpredictable. Your best bet is to go outside at the times we suggest, and plan to spend at least an hour, if not a whole night, reclining comfortably while looking up at the sky.”
NASA Space Place: What Is a Meteor Shower?
“In the case of a meteor shower, the glowing streaks may appear anywhere in the sky, but their “tails” all seem to point back to the same spot in the sky. That’s because all the meteors are coming at us at the same angle, and as they get closer to Earth the effect of perspective makes them seem to get farther apart.” At the bottom of this introductory article, you’ll find links to related topics, including Asteroid or Meteor: What’s the Difference?
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Quote of the Week
“A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars.” ~~ Linnaeus ~~ Linnaeus (May 13, 1707 – January 10, 1778) Swedish Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist. Have you been bitten by the teaching bug? Check out more quotes about teaching on LightaFire.com by clicking this link.
Surfing the Calendar
John Newbery’s Birthday Jul 19, 1713
Women’s Rights Convention Held at Seneca Falls, NY Jul 19-20, 1848
U.S. Air Force Began Training Tuskegee Airmen Jul 19, 1941
Man Walks on the Moon Jul 20, 1969
National Moon Day Jul 20, 2022
Seventh Harry Potter Book Released Jul 21, 2007
Pi Approximation Day Jul 22, 2022
Amelia Earhart’s Birthday Jul 24, 1897
President Truman Issues Executive Order that Desegregates the Military Jul 26, 1948
Korean War Ceasefire Signed Jul 27, 1953
US Virgin Islands: Hurricane Supplication Day Jul 27, 2022
Beatrix Potter’s Birthday Jul 28, 1866
First Fingerprint Taken by British Colonial Magistrate in India Jul 28, 1868
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ Birthday Jul 28, 1929
Delta Aquarids Jul 28-29, 2022