Model magic comet activity

comet activity

Learning about astronomy is a great way to spark a child’s imagination and engage them in the world of science!  In this activity, we’ll learn all about comets.

The visible parts of a comet are the coma, dust tail and ion tail.  However the heart of the comet is the nucleus. It’s actually fairly small, maybe the size of a few blocks up to the size of a small village (about 1/2 – 10 miles). Like most small objects is space, the nucleus is covered in craters. Continue reading

Observing the Perseid meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower viewingWatching a meteor shower is a great way to get started in astronomy. The only thing you need is a clear sky, though a dark sky is also helpful.

The Perseid meteor shower in August is one of the best ones to watch. It is a fairly active shower, and the August nights are some of the warmest, though you are still going to want a coat or sleeping bag.

Meteors tend to travel long distances across the sky, so using something like a telescope is actually a bad idea. Telescopes limit you to only a tiny piece of the sky, and you want to see as much as possible.

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