October showers in the outer space are going to excite us all!
The bright and short streaks of light that appear on the sky are called by many people shooting stars. They never fail to impress the watchers.
However, they have nothing to do with stars. Actually, they are meteors. In the next few months, the sky is going to be filled with them and the watcher will have the possibility of catching sight of them only if the sky will be clear.
Now let’s explain a little bit this phenomenon. Meteors are debris left behind by shattered comets. Comets are made up of rock and ice. When they get into the solar system, some of them approach the sky so much that they begin to melt. When this happens, parts of the rock begin to fell. When the Earth comes into contact with the debris, enter and burn in our atmosphere.
One great aspect of this phenomenon is that viewers can watch it without additional devices, such as telescopes and binoculars. In fact, they only hinder viewers from having a full sight of the event. A clear sky and a fluffy blanket is all you need!
“Folks of all ages and backgrounds can get involved, stoking the natural wonder that I think we all have about the nighttime sky. Watching a meteor shower reminds us that we are part of something much larger than ourselves,” said Elizabeth McGrath, an astronomer.
The 3 events are entitled The Orionid, Draconid and Leonid. The Draconid shower had its peak between October 7 and October 9. The Orionid will have its peak on October 21-11. The Leonid, on November 17-18.
McGrath advises people to be patient if they don’t see the shooting stars as they start watching the sky. It takes 20-30 minutes to the eye to get used to the dark.
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