Unknown. A meteoroid is a small piece of an asteroid or comet. It’s size ranges from grains to 1 meter wide. The streak of light you may see following space debris is from heat encountered by the object while entering a planet’s atmosphere. This trail consists of glowing particles and is called a meteor, also referred to as a “shooting star.” A meteor shower occurs when a series of meteors appear within seconds or minutes of each other.
How to Celebrate
You can celebrate Meteor Watch Day by looking into the night sky in hope of seeing a meteor shower or a shooting star. Alternatively you could watch the 1979 film called Meteor starring Sean Connery and Natalie Wood, Deep Impact from 1998, or Meteor Man from 1993.
To celebrate this day, we selected the 1980s Meteor Beer Can from France. There are a few buildings on the front of this yellow can surrounded by “La biere du village de Hochfelden” (loose translation: A beer from the village of Hochfelden). I’m sad to report that there is no evidence of any meteors on the can… or Meteor Man.
Happy Meteor Watch Day (6/30)!
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com