Shooting Stars in the Natural Environment

National Science Week Event, August 19, 2022, 8:00pm

Ever seen a shooting star while standing outside under a starry, starry night?

If you’re lucky enough to be looking in the right direction at the right time, you might see one or many shooting stars, even if your local environment has light pollution present. But what exactly are shooting stars? Are they random or is there a pattern? Why are some brighter and different colours from others? Where do they come from, and where do they go? Do they burn up and disappear into thin air like magic? Can I hear them? Could I find one in my backyard? Could I be hit by one? Would it be dangerous or too hot to touch? What would it smell like? What’s inside it?

The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society and will present a public talk all about meteors and meteorites, in which they will share insight into local meteorite falls, their history and local significance. Those attending will be able to hold (and have their photo taken with) what was once a shooting star older than the Earth itself, examine it up-close and personal, and learn how to search for your own in surprising ways.

Following the talk, everyone will move outdoors under the night sky for some stargazing and shooting star spotting.

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