Starts With A Bang

Throwback Thursday: The Meteors You’ve Been Waiting For (Synopsis)

Image credit: Michael Menefee (Fort Photo on flickr), via https://www.flickr.com/photos/fortphoto/7823333570/in/set-72157634989518344.

“I’m a shooting star. A meteor shower. But I’m not going to die out. I guess I’m more like a comet then. I’m just going to keep on coming back.” –C. JoyBell C.

Every year, meteor showers sizzle and fizzle, yet no matter what happens in the skies, there’s always one meteor shower that’s reliable for a good show: the Perseids. After sunset tonight (and for about the next week) in the skies, they’ll delight skywatchers across the globe.

Image credit: created by me using Stellarium, available free at http://stellarium.org/.

Have you ever wondered where these (or any) meteors come from? If you’re like most people, you’re probably going to blame the tails of comets that have come in-and-out of the Solar System. That’s close, but it’s not quite right!

Image credit: Gehrz, R. D., Reach, W. T., Woodward, C. E., and Kelley, M. S., 2006, of the trail of Comet Encke.

Come find out how to locate the meteors you’ve been waiting all year for, and their origin, here!