As I recently mentioned, in the Earthshine post, we have been watching the night sky lately. This is exciting in many ways but even more so because I know one little lady who is going to wake to a telescope on a special morning coming up soon.
We are especially excitied this week because the Geminid Meteor Shower is almost here. It will peek on Tuesday, December 13th and Wednesday, December 14th. This year the moon will make viewing a little less spectacular but there are many reports of meteor sighting even in the bright moon light.
Many meteor showers don't start putting on a good display until after midnight, but this shower can be viewed starting around 9 pm to 10 pm. That is a good thing for those of us with little ones who have eyes on the stars.
In our house the special deal is that I will check on the night sky and if I start seeing a meteor display I will wake my little astronomer so she can bundle up and head out into the night for the show... with some hot coco waiting to ease her back into the warmth of bed.
Here are some links about the shower and some tips for viewing:
Annie also did a wonderful book review last winter for A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky.
Astronomy is a subject that we tend to revisit often. A few years ago while we were first learning about meteors and meteorites we made up a fun little poem to remember the difference. I thought I would share it with you here.
Is it a Meteor or a Meteorite?
Meteors fly across the sky
And make it shine so bright.
The one that makes it to the
Earth is called a meteorite.
Have you ever watched a meteor shower?
Please let us know if you head out to view the Geminid shower. We would love to hear about it.