Meteor Day Is June 30th
June 30th is Meteor Day, sometimes called Meteor Watch Day. This date was chosen in memory of the Tunguska Event, the largest meteor impact in recorded history. You may have heard a meteor called by other names including:Meteorite FireballTektitePerseidsLeonids
The Tunguska Event
What was the Tunguska Event?
At 7:14 a.m. local time on June 30, 1908, a meteor estimated to be 330 ft (100 m) exploded just above Siberia's Podkamennaya Tunguska River. Thanks to the chaos of the Russian Revolution and World War I, scientists didn't start studying the impact area until the 1920s. A series of expeditions shocked the world with their findings:
- The explosion coupled with the debris impacting the Earth is estimated to have been 1,000 times as powerful as the Little Boy atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in WWII.
- It knocked over 80 million trees over an area of approximately 770 square miles (2,000 square km.) Fortunately, the area was very sparsely populated at the time with only two known deaths.
- Locals were reluctant to give first-hand accounts at first, as they though devastation was caused when the forest god Ogdy had gone into a fit of rage.
- One survivor reported sitting on his porch when the heat wave caused his shirt to catch fire. His home was 40 miles (65 km) away from the impact.
The discovery of the immense devastation in the area prompted amateurs and oranizations alike to start tracking terrestrial objects in the hope of limiting damage from possible impacts.
Meteor Movies And DVDs
There have been many movies made about meteors heading towards Earth and I've listed a few of them here. One of my favorites is Armaggeddon starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, and Billy Bob Thornton. The basic story is about some deep ocean oil drillers who save our planet from a huge meteor. How do oil drillers end up in space? Well, someone at NASA thinks the only way to avert the meteor is to bury a nuclear device in the asteroid, cause it to split into two pieces and push each piece away from the Earth. There's a love story that involves Ben and Liv, and Bruce Willis is her Dad and his friend. This movie was a big hit in 1998, and I am sure you will enjoy it today.
Make a comet, yes, this DVD will show you how. This is from the History Channel and you will see comets and meteors. Find out if comets and meteors had a part in what caused the dinosaurs to become extinct and learn some theories that the dust from them can carry alien viruses to our planet.
Facts About Meteors
What do you know about meteors? Let's find out some meteor facts.
- 15,000 tons of meteors enter Earth's atmosphere each day.
- The average meteor is about the size of a pebble.
Streak Of Light In The Sky
How Fast Can A Meteoriod Travel?
- Greek astronomer Ptolemy thought that the gods occasionally liked to take a peek at the humans, and would occasionally drop a star in the process. Since this meant that the gods were paying attention, it was a good time to make a wish.
- A meteor actually refers to the streak of light seen in the sky. When in the atmosphere, the rock itself is called a "meteoroid," while one that reaches the ground is called a "meteorite." Most meteoroids burn up in the atmosphere before they can reach Earth's surface.
- Meteoroids travel at speeds between 25,000 and 160,000 mph (39,500 to 260,000 kph) when they reach Earth's atmosphere, well above the speed of sound. Since air can't move away faster than the speed of sound, it compresses in front of the meteoroid, creating massive amounts of heat. Surface temperatures can reach 3,000 degrees F (1,600 degrees C.)
Meteoriods Streaking Across The Sky
How Small Are Meteoroids? - How Big Are Meteoroids?
- Smaller meteoroids are more likely to reach the Earth's surface because they compress less air, but there still needs to be enough material to melt off during entry. To become a meteorite, the meteoroid would have to be at least the size of a marble before entering the atmosphere. Visible meteorites usually started from a meteoroid at least the size of a basketball.
- Meteoroids can be as large as 330 ft. (100 meters) in diameter. Anything bigger is classified as an asteroid.
What are Meteors, Meteoroids, and Meteorites?
Zeus And Meteorites - Thunderbolt Iron
- Meteorites are a source for extremely pure iron ore called "thunderbolt iron," named after Zeus's forged lightning bolts. This metal from the heavens has a long history in warfare for its use in legendary weapons. Until modern advances in metallurgy, its quality could not be surpassed using traditional ore.
Tunguska Explosion 30 July 1908
Meteors have always been a source of mystery and fear for us, so it's only natural that there would be many movies made on this theme. Why are they a source of mystery and fear? Well, they are a mystery since most of us don't know all that much about meteors, and they are a source of fear because they fly through the universe and could hit our planet, our moon or our sun. Can you imagine what that would be like? Some of the movies I've listed on this lens will give us an idea!
Robert Duvall, TÃ©a Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman, and more try to save themselves and the world from a meteor collision.
Meteor Toys And Books
Play and learn with meteor toys, and have some fun while you are at it! Show your kids how much fun learning can be with the ideas shown here that will actually teach them something. There are a couple of toys here that are just for fun, but that is a good thing too.
Here's the set you get when you actually want to learn about a meteor and the impact it can cause.
Learn More About Meteors
- American Meteor Society
AMS - Report a Fireball - Log In - Register - American Meteor Society - Search for: Home News Photos Videos Fireballs Report a Fireball Fireball Logs Fireball FAQs Fireball Tracking System Analysis Estimated Trajectories 2008-2013 CamerasObservations
- 2013 Meteor Showers | StarDate Online
Skip to Navigation 2013 Meteor Showers The next meteor shower is the Perseids on the nights of August 11 and 12 Seen at its best, under dark skies, you might see a score or so "shooting stars" per hour. The Moon sets by late evening. Name Date of P
- International Meteor Organization | International Collaboration in Meteor Science
International Meteor Organization Meteor Science Organization Home Introduction Publications Journal WGN Conference Ongoing Projects Mailing List Who Is Who Membership Meteor Science Visual Photographic Video Radio Telescopic Fireball Shower
- Meteor Crater
Visit the world's best preserved meteorite impact site just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow.
- EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2013 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky
Next major meteor shower: Late July and early August. Delta Aquarid and Perseid meteor shower prospects here.
- Have You Found a Meteorite - Meteorite Identification, How to Identify a Meteorite
Aerolite Meteorites can help you identify a suspected meteorite. See our guide: What to do if you've found a meteorite with tips on meteorite identification
- Meteorite Pictures, Information & Articles by Geoffrey Notkin
Learn about meteorites through a series of articles and pictures by Geoffrey Notkin, meteorite hunter.
- Meteor Photos
Mike' s Astro Photos - Astronomers look up meteorite hunters look down About The Mason Dixon Meteor Clouds Comets & Meteors Galaxies Lunar Mason Dixon Meteor Misc Nebula Observatory Planets Solar Stars Tag: Meteor Photos Nov.17 2012 Leonid Meteo
Deadly Comets And Meteors - The History Channel
Meteor Stuff on eBay
Can you imagine owning your very own meteor? Take a look at what you can find on eBay, the online auction where you can find just about anything! You might find pieces from some well-known meteors like the Chelyabinsk Meteorite, the Sikhote Alin, Canyon Diablo Meteor Crater Iron Meteorite, or maybe a part of the most beautiful meteorite ever, the Argentinian Pallasite.
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