I read something recently. This September was the most active month for meteors in nearly ten years. Just this week an early morning fireball streaked through the morning sky. Early-risers in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kentucky got to see it. Alas, I was standing at the coffee pot.
Though ambient light from encroaching civilization has taken away a portion of my dark skies, if conditions are right, we often gather with friends in our yard to watch the annual meteor showers. We’ll watch the Perseids, the Geminids, the Leonids in turn, their displays whizzing past the constellations of Perseus, Gemini and Leo. We call them shooting stars, but they’re actually bits of comet debris and space dust. Every once in a while, we’ll see a chunk of space junk (our trash) hit the atmosphere and burn up in brilliant color on its way to earth.
Most meteors burn up and all that remains are small bits for collectors. Some have hit the earth with astounding impact (no pun intended…well maybe). In the USA we have the old Barringer Crater in Arizona, one in Mexico, and more recently, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia. Of course our moon has the Tycho crater and a slew of others. Thank goodness for our atmosphere. Few people know about the chip-shot that hit the earth at the end of the Jurassic period millions of years ago. Chicxulub crater is a prehistoric impact crater buried underneath the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. That asteroid was so huge and hit with such force, it’s thought to have scorched the earth and led to a mass extinction. Now there’s a picture.
Meteors fall all the time. This site has info:
Here’s a documentary on the Tunguska event. Some say this was done by an air burst caused by the explosion of a comet just above the surface of the earth.
Some say a spaceship crashed!
This one is interesting too
“Love is friendship set on fire.”
~ Jeremy Taylor
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