June 30 is Meteor Watch Day. Both an invitation to admire the gorgeous shooting stars and a reminder that millions of rocks are cruising the skies dangerously all the time. Learn more about it here!
June 30 is Meteor Watch Day, and it’s a reminder that millions of rocks, some as big as our country, cruise the skies at immense speeds. Meteors leave the most brilliant trails in the night’s sky, and they’re a pleasure to admire.
Still, we should remember meteors are beyond our control. Should we worry about the world ending because of a giant space rock? Not really. Bruce Willis won’t be there to drill a hole in the next rock to hit our planet. Chances are we won’t even see it coming, that if it ever happens, of course, so fear not!
Meteors are there to be enjoyed, especially the many meteor showers that decorate our skies every year, from the Leonids in Mid-November to the Perseids in Mid-August. They come by every few decades, so you’re lucky to catch them.
Meteor Watch Day is more about enjoyment than fear. Qualified astronomers and scientists spend their lives watching the objects near our planet, and they’re more marveled than scared. We should be too! Yes, meteors are a threat, but then again, why live in fear?
Let’s celebrate Meteor Watch Day by spending the night admiring the starry night. Celebrate cosmic debris and let it remind you we’re just a speck of dust in this vast universe.
Once thought to be fallen stars, now we know meteors are nothing more than a celestial event caused by the many objects cruising our solar system — that doesn’t make them any less special, so ask for a wish!
History of Meteor Watch Day
June 30 is Meteor Watch Day, and it’s both an invitation to admire the beautiful light in the night’s sky and a warning to keep a watchful eye on the rocks cruising at dangerous speeds in our direction.
Yes, millions of small rocks and particles hit our atmosphere every day, and many others pass us by every year. Meteors are unstoppable forces, despite what you see in the movies, so there’s no reason to worry about them. We should monitor them, though.
June 30 reminds us of the Tunguska explosion in 1908 when a meteorite fell in Siberia, causing 40-mile radius devastation. On June 2, 2021, meteorite 2021 KT1 safely passed Earth, but experts hadn’t noticed it until it was dangerously close — just a week before it passed us by. You would think these things don’t happen, but they do, so Meteor Day is here to remind us to keep a watchful eye on the skies.
How to Celebrate Meteor Watch Day
Turn off your lights and look out the window! There’s always something exciting to see in the night’s sky. If possible, spend the weekend in the countryside, you never knew you could see so many stars with your bare eye!
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