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Meteors – Shooting stars – Astronomy

By | 2017-08-18T18:32:54+00:00 August 18th, 2017|History|

Lyrid meteor shower Meteors or meteorites are bits of rock (like granite) and ice - usually a mixture of rock and iron and nickel but sometimes just rock or just iron - from out in space that get sucked into the gravity of the Earth and fall through our atmosphere to the ground. Usually this is because a comet has passed close enough to the Earth for [...]

Meteors project – Astronomy activity

By | 2017-08-18T08:09:16+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Physics|

Lyrid meteor shower The best way to learn about meteors is to go look at actual meteors falling into Earth's atmosphere. You can just look up at the sky and see meteors without a telescope or anything. Three things though: first, you need to be someplace where it's pretty dark. Downtown in a big city, you [...]

What is a Comet? – Astronomy – Space

By | 2017-10-16T22:57:26+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Physics|

A comet in the night sky Comets are balls of leftover rock and ice in space. They started out when a star exploded into a supernova.  A nebula formed, and then most of the material in our nebula merged together, about 4.5 billion years ago.. But these balls didn't join up with our planets. Instead, the comets kept on circling around the Sun on their [...]