What's really powering
the Meteors showering?
Pieces of stone or metal-like debris that enter the Earth's atmosphere from outer space. They are also known as a "shooting stars" or "falling stars" and are called this because of the bright, star-like glow that emits from the debris as it burns up when entering the planet's atmosphere.
Where They Come From
A "shooting star" can come from many different places, such as the Asteroid Belt, Moon, or even Mars. But usually, meteors are left over debris from comets traveling through our solar system nearby.
It's Raining Stars!
When a large amount of comet debris enters the Earth's atmosphere, it is called a "meteor shower." By tracking the orbit of nearby comets, astronomers can tell when these showers will occur, and these are some of the most exciting times for stargazers. There's nothing quite like a night sky full of shooting stars!
When?... Where?... How to Prepare?
You're in luck! Astronomy-Kids will keep you updated on all upcoming showers from the Stargazing portal, as well as the home page, so be prepared!
The best time to observe a shower is at night and away from bright city lights. You can simply set up some lawn chairs in your backyard, but make sure the lights are off. Binoculars and a Telescope are optional and can add to the experience. Happy stargazing!
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