Kw-logo-smaller

Meteor Showers

You don't have to wait for a shower to see a meteor.
Meteor Shower

Imagine you're standing in your backyard at night, staring at the moon and a glow-in-the-dark baseball whizzes by at 30,000 miles per hour. If that wasn't the fastest pitch ever, then I'd say you just saw a meteor. Lots of meteors are about that size and many travel even faster. Some are bigger than baseballs but most are more like the size of grains of sand. Read on to find about these cosmic visitors.

What is a Meteor?

Meteors can be small dust particles or they can be giant rocks. Once a meteor hits the earth's atmosphere, they begin to burn up, shooting across the sky in a fiery mass. Once a meteor begins to burn up, it gives off a light similar to a star, which is why meteors are often called shooting or falling stars.

When is the Best Time to See a Meteor?

You can catch meteors falling on any night, several times a year as the earth passes through the path of a comet. For a few hours, about a thousand meteors streak across the sky because meteors are just debris that breaks off from a comet. These showers can be predicted because they happen whenever the earth returns to the same place in its orbit around the sun. Meteor showers can be seen August 12th, October 8th and December 13th, 2004 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Meteors - Did U Know?

  • Meteors that do not completely burn up completely in earth's atmosphere and end up hitting the ground are called meteorites.
  • The best place to catch a meteor shower is in the country, away from city lights.
  • Because meteorites are so rare, they can be worth as much as gold!
  • Meteorites have often been found to contain minerals that can not be found on earth.
Related Stories:
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

ItsAdventureTime
i seen a meter
commented: Thu Jul 05, 2012

there are 1 more comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F1006971265373

Heads Up! What's Falling?

  • I wish jewelry fell from the sky.
  • I'd want Kinder Surprises to fall.
  • Falling cash would be cool.
  • I want new clothes to fall from the sky.

related stories

Micro_marsneedsmoms-micro
Milo didn’t appreciate all the things his mom did for him. That is until she was abducted by alie...
Micro_lbp2-play - direct control-micro
LittleBigPlanet™ 2! The next evolution in the PLAY, CREATE, SHARE experience.
Micro_world-ocean-day-micro
June 8 is World Oceans Day in honor of our, magical, mysterious ocean! So much about our ocean is...

Random in the forums

heyitsangel
heyitsangel posted in Debating:
*does
reply about 1 hour
heyitsangel
heyitsangel posted in Debating:
one of my sisters are 10 and my mom and dad dpes not let her go out on her own plus im 12 and even i dont go out on my on plus 10 and 11 and 12 is to young to go out to shops okay :)
reply about 1 hour
u_nique116
u_nique116 posted in Debating:
They should not be aloud to go out on their own 
reply about 1 hour
u_nique116
u_nique116 posted in Debating:
Boys- Gavin or Damian Girls- Lana or Rosalee 
reply about 1 hour
-Baydee
-Baydee posted in General:
Myself..like c'mon who wouldn't like me? I'm fabulous god.
reply about 3 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...