Hi! I'm fourteen years old, my sign is Cancer, and I don't know my exact location of birth.
It’s the time of a tremendous meteor shower on December 13, 2012. My science teacher has been talking about it since the subject of astronomy was coincidentally introduced to the class. I’ve never seen a shooting star so this is a blast and an opportunity I do not want to miss.
Unfortunately, it’s been a little cloudy where I live but there’s nothing wrong with hoping. But for all those other humans out there, stay up late to watch this amazing meteor shower that will last hours!
I find meteors, meteoroids, asteroids, and meteorites weird. For those of you who haven’t had the vast amount of knowledge as I do, they are almost the same things. An asteroid orbits in space with it’s other asteroid buddies. But sometimes, the asteroid gets lost and gets too close to Earth turning into a meteoroid. When it enters our atmosphere and becomes a streak of light, it turns into a meteor and that’s what we see appear as a meteor shower. The streak of light is just it’s heat increasing but to us, it’s something more magical. People define meteors as “shooting stars” because they look like a star soaring through outer space. If this were to actually happen, a lot of planets would be confused and our whole universe would be messed up. As much as we want to make a wish on a falling meteoroid, it’s not likely the wish will come true. Hard truth that most people know but don’t want to believe.
When the meteor finally lands on the Earth’s surface, it’s now a meteorite. That’s right, it’s a meteorite. (I just wanted to rhyme.) There are interesting people around this world that, instead of chasing storms, chase meteorites. Fascinating, isn’t it all? When there’s a meteorite, within an hour or so, there are already a bunch of people people going for it; literally taking pieces in needs to find precious minerals or maybe even life (plant life, etc.)
It’s just little streaks of light falling from the top of the sky to the bottom. I’m saying too much considering I’ve never seen one in my life. Only images and videos have been set into this mind.
It’s a little hard to see those streaks but I promise you that it will be noticeable out in the real world. There are plenty of time lapsed videos of the Orionid Meteor Shower on YouTube. That should give you the idea of what to look for. As long as it’s not a cloudy day.
First Image Credit: LJ Mears