Meteor Shower Calendar 2014
Use our Moon Phase table below to see what the moon is doing as a bright moon can reduce your views of some Meteor Showers. Also clock on the moon picture to see our lunar information page.
What are Meteor Showers?
A meteor or "shooting star" is Space debris burning up in the Earth's atmosphere, forming a visible streak of light that moves across the sky. A Meteor Shower is caused when particles of Space debris are seen travelling in parallel paths from the same point in the night sky. Meteor showers are also sometimes referred to as meteor swarms. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface. If a meteor does hit the Earth, it becomes a meteorite. Some of the most famous annual meteor showers are the Perseid and Leonid meteor showers, but we have many others each year. To find out more about meteor showers we suggest you take a look at these websites below...
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Liverpool Museum - The World Museum (Liverpool) was opened on 18 October 1861 and houses a range of extensive collections covering subjects from archaeology, ethnology, natural and physical sciences. Special attractions at the museum include the Natural History Centre and a large Planetarium.
The British Astronomical Association - The BAA is Britain's leading organisation for observational astronomy, The BAA was founded in London in the autumn of 1890.
NASA - United States Government's space program was started in 1958. That lead to the Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong descending the ladder to become the first human to step onto the surface of the Moon.
Liverpool Astronomical Society - The society is the oldest amateur astronomical society in the world, and was founded in 1881. The society’s aims are the same as when it was formed and they always welcome new members.
Things We Don't Know (TWDK) - This website is dedicated to explaining the questions to which science is still seeking answers, in plain English.