If you like watching the sky today you have added reasons to watch, it’s National Meteor Day! In many areas it’s actually called Meteor Watch Day but who cares, it’s the same difference. The idea is to watch for meteors, remember the “Catch a falling a star and put it in your pocket”? Well, you might not want to really do that. On June 30th, 1908 a meteor hit Siberia and wiped out tress for forty miles! Try and put that one in your pocket! The most visible seems to be the Perseid Meteor Shower, which won’t reach it’s maximum activity until August so you may want to set up a cot cause you might be there for a while. Remember to wish on whatever you see falling unless that happens to be an airplane… then it’s time to pray.
How to celebrate – Watch the night sky for meteors. Make a list of what you would wish for in case you see more than one! Get out of the way if you see a meteor coming in your direction.
One of summer’s favorite activities is laying out at night on the lush grass of your yard and watching for falling stars, or meteors. It helps if you do not live in the city where lights generally get in the way. So it might be worth your while to go out into the country to get your best view.
It can be quite spectacular. Sometimes you can see meteor showers if you are lucky. And though they do fall during the daylight hours you aren’t going to see them. I am sure there are those who think they are spaceships, but they more than likely aren’t.
It’s sort of like fishing. You have to be patient and wait. Keep your eyes open and thoughts clear and if you give it long enough, you will probably see one. So here, just like fishing, you can’t give up after ten minutes.
And you might want to watch where you lay down. Remember there are a lot of creatures that like to come out in the dark as well. So laying on your car hood works well, so long as that car isn’t moving. There are a lot of spectacular sights to be seen in the night sky, it’s a relaxing and beautiful view and often gives way to some astonishing thoughts and ideas.
Now while meteors have been known to hit the earth lets hope the worst of them is like the one that struck Siberia on June 30th, 1908. It knocked down trees, and people, for 40 miles around.
how to celebrate – Plan to spend a night out watching the stars. Look up when you might see the best meteor showers, they are posted. Don’t go out if it’s lightening and thundering.
If you love to sky watch, tonight you’ll have something to watch for. It’s National Meteor Watch Day. A meteor occurs when space matter comes in contact with the earth’s atmosphere and becomes incandescent as it burns up, hopefully before reaching the surface.
But since they have put the holiday in June, you need to start watching them tonight! Te good thing, or the bad, as Deeda from Canada reports, a meteor exploded in the sky on June 30th, 1908 over Siberia. It tore down trees and knocked out people as far as forty miles away. That was a shower you didn’t want to take!
Though we call them shooting stars, a meteor is not actually a star. It is space matter, mainly small rocks that have broken away from a planet or star. They hurl themselves through space, very few actually reaching earth.
That’s why so often you find a “shower” as explosions occur and send dozens of these small rocks through space. Some are larger and actually do reach the earth’s surface. It is said that if a large enough one should hit the earth, it might tip the axis we spin on. Lets hope that that does not happen in any of our lifetimes.
How to celebrate – If the night is clear, sit outside tonight and watch for meteorites. Make sure you make a wish on the ones you see! For a better view, set up a telescope. Take a camera and film what you see.