Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Melvin is very thankful for all the red balloons people have sent him! Last night was quite a meteor shower and he wasn’t scared at all! Melvin was in a New Moon phase so he wasn’t shining as brightly and that meant Heather could see the meteors better.
Most meteor showers happen when Earth runs into large clouds of particles left behind from comets, but no one is really quite sure what the parent object was for the Quadrantids (pronounced Kwa-drun-tids) that we saw last night. Some scientists think the source of these meteors may be from a comet that broke apart during a collision over 500 year ago. Melvin doesn’t remember the incident but he’s very thankful you have helped him get over his fears!