Thursday, August 4, 2011
Gotta Love No. 6 - Shooting Stars
Gotta love shooting stars! One of the best meteor showers, the Perseids, happens in August. Peak time is the middle of August when you are likely to see the largest meteors per hour. So mark your calendars for August 13 and get your wishes ready!
Wishing upon a shooting star, legend says, makes the wish come true. It is said that this legend originated in Europe, when Greek astronomer, Ptolemy wrote that the Gods sometimes, out of curiosity, even boredom, look down at Earth from between the spheres, and stars sometimes slip out of this gap. Thus becoming visible as shooting stars. And since the Gods are already looking at us during this time, they are more receptive to making a wish come true.
Actually, according to NASA, a "falling star" or a "shooting star" has nothing at all to do with a star! These amazing streaks of light you can sometimes see in the night sky are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids falling into the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.
At certain times of year, you are likely to see a great number of meteors in the night sky. These events are called meteor showers and they occur when the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet as it orbits the Sun.
So grab those blankets, a good bottle of wine, the Willow Bee Inspired Mix No. 2 playlist for music, bug repellent, and your pockets full of wishes and enjoy the night sky at its best. And remember the moment you look away, a shooting star will appear, so keep your eyes looking upward.
HERE'S YOUR PLAYLIST FOR STARGAZING - Go to http://www.itunes.com/ and download Willow Bee Inspired Mix No. 2 - Stargazing.
Sources: NASA, Wikipedia, Tumbler