FA19 The Sky is Falling! Meteor Showers and How to See Them

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Thursday December 12

10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

The Sky is Falling! Meteor Showers and How to See Them

Instructor: Stephan Martin

Thursday, December 12; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Optional field experience Friday, December 13; 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

$34 Member / $39 Non-member

Blue Ridge Naturalist Elective Credit - 2 hours


Meteor showers are one of the most spectacular regular celestial events that don’t require any special equipment to view them. Also called “shooting stars” or “falling stars,” these streaks of light in the sky have been a source of wonder for millennia. This class will cover the origin and nature of meteor showers, as well as the best times and ways to observe them. Special attention will be devoted to the Geminid meteor shower, one of the most reliable and remarkable showers occurring this time of year. A meteor shower viewing on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be scheduled as an optional field experience, weather permitting. 

Stephan Martin is an astronomer and educator who taught at colleges and universities for more than 25 years. He has lectured on light pollution and its effects on the environment and has offered stargazing and introductory astronomy workshops domestically and internationally. He was formerly the supervisor of the Williams College observatory, where he participated in research expeditions around the world to study and observe solar eclipses.


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