If you have been following this blog very long, you know I am crazy about meteor showers. As a child, the most spectacular natural event I ever witnessed was the Northern Lights, but meteor showers were a close second. The best part is, you don't need any special equipment to see the show.
Although we tend hear the most about certain meteor showers, particularly the Perseid and the Geminid showers, several different meteor showers occur throughout the year. For example, from December 28, 2013 through January 12, 2014 is the Quadrantid meteor shower. Astronomers are predicting peak activity on the early morning, Friday January 3, 2014.
(Starry Night photograph by Ronald Carlson obtained from PublicDomainPictures.net)
If you want to try viewing the Quadrantid meteor shower, plan on visiting a place that will be dark and allow an unobstructed view of the sky towards the north. The meteors should originate between the Big Dipper constellation and the North Star (see EarthSky for a diagram).
1. Remember, porch and street lights can fade out even the brightest meteors.
2. Remind your children there may be several minutes between sightings. In the wee hours of the morning it can be hard to be patient.
3. Blankets and lawn chairs that allow for viewing in a prone position help prevent neck strain and keep chilly viewers warm.
Can't view outside? NASA will be streaming the Quadrantid meteor shower live.
Check to see if you might also be able to spot the International Space Station passing by.
Meteors are pieces of space flotsam that burn up in the atmosphere. Meteorites are similar, except they are large enough to remain intact and impact Earth. This picture book follows the Peekskill Meteorite, which struck a car in Peekskill, New York on October 9, 1992.
Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Publisher: Blue Apple Books (October 8, 2013)
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