Since I didn’t post at all last week I am going to be writing two post a day this week to cover everything I had planned on writing for last week. You’ll see the posts that were meant for last week have CATCH UP! at the beginning of them.
This is only going to be a short post because I want you guys to go out and look at the stars instead of reading this (plus I’m not that sciency aha). But if you wish to know more of the sciency stuff the follow these links:
So from about the 7th October through until the 18th November (ish) there are going to be several different meteor showers visible in the night skies. So get out there and start wishing because there are going to be plenty of shooting stars to wish on!
All in all there are going to be three different meteor showers; the Draconids, Orionids, and Leonids. Each meteor shower is named after the different star constellations. For example:
- The Draconids = Draco the dragon. The meteors are the debris left over by Comet 21/P Giaconi-Zinner, which orbits the Sun every 6.6 years. In 2011, up to 1,000 Draconid meteors per hour were visible in the sky. Now that’s a lot of wishing stars!
- The Orionids = homonymous constellation of Orion. They are the fragments left over by Halley’s comet, which orbits around the Sun every 76 years.
- The Leonids = named after the constellation Leo which is where the meteor shower seems to lie. The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun.
So there you have it, thousands of wishing stars for you. But if that isn’t your thing, well at least it will be a pretty awesome thing to witness, so get outside and start looking up, let me know what you see!
Blog you later »