Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meteor Watch Day - 2011

Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers.

Meteors are space dust and ice that enter the earth's atmosphere. Meteors can be as small as specks of dust.  As they enter the atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, producing light as they streak across the night sky. Sometimes, you see them streak across the sky and disappear at the horizon. Other times, they end suddenly, burning out right before your eyes.

A shooting star is a common name for the visible path of a meteoroid as it enters the atmosphere to become a meteor Steven Spielberg often uses shooting stars as a trademark in his films.

With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But, the best times to see meteors are during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year.  When you see one, don't forget to make a wish, because...

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you
If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star as dreamers do
Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you thru
When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true

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