This past weekend was the Orionid Meteor Shower. Did anyone get a chance to look at the night sky in the early early hours of the morning? Although these Orionids, which appear from the Orion constellation, are rather modest, they do have a claim to fame that makes any star gazer ready to spot them: they are a product of Halley’s comet! As Halley’s comet orbits the sun, it has left behind dust that was liberated from the comet when it was warmed by its close passage to the sun. In turn, the Orionid meteor shower that we are able to see is the result of the Earth passing through this trail of depris deposited by the comet. Did you know that these sand-grain size pebbles from Halley’s debris stream race through the sky at speeds of more than 90,000 miles an hour? That’s 145,000 kilometers! At speeds as high as this, when the debris reaches Earth’s atmosphere, streaks of light are created. For us here on Earth, this is a beautiful sight.
To peak your child’s interest, teach them more about the solar system and planets with our beautifully illustrated books, “Meet the Planets,” and “Saturn for My Birthday,” by John McGranaghan.
Soar through the solar system with “Meet the Planets,” and witness the first Favorite Planet Competition. Who will be the lucky winning planet? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto (the former ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto) introduces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts. Children (of all ages) will spend hours searching the art for all the references to famous scientists and people of history, space technology, constellations, art, and classic literature.
In “Saturn for My Birthday,” young Jeffrey wants Saturn for his birthday, and he wants the moons too…all 47 of them! But he’s not selfish, he’ll share some of the rings with his friends and teacher at school. Facts about Saturn are woven seamlessly throughout this wonderful picture book. Through a funny story, Jeffrey explains just what he will do with his present and how he will take care of it.