Monday, July 5, 2010

June 30 – Meteor Day

I tried, but I did NOT see a meteor today…even though millions occur everyday…I failed to see even one…sadness!

A meteor is a bright streak of light that appears briefly in the sky. Observers often call meteors shooting stars or falling stars because they look like stars falling from the sky. People sometimes call the brightest meteors fireballs. A meteor appears when a particle or chunk of metallic or stony matter called a meteoroid enters the earth's atmosphere from outer space. Air friction heats the meteoroid so that it glows and creates a shining trail of gases and melted meteoroid particles. The gases include vaporized meteoroid material and atmospheric gases that heat up when the meteoroid passes through the atmosphere. Most meteors glow for about a second. (

Best meteor show I ever saw was on a white water rafting trip in Utah…they were EVERWHERE! It’s so black and dark out there you could see the entire show, and it was AWESOME and highly recommended!

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