Meteor Watch Day
When : Always June 30th
We sure hope that the weather in your area calls for clear skies tonight. Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. Will you be lucky enough to see meteors streaking across the night sky? We sure hope so.
Meteors are space dust and ice that enter the earth's atmosphere. Meteors can be as small as specks of dust. As they enter the atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, producing light as they streak across the night sky. Sometimes, you see them streak across the sky and disappear at the horizon. Other times, they end suddenly, burning out right before your eyes.
With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But, the best times to see meteors is during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year. The best annual show is the Perseid Meteor shower each August.
Enjoy Meteor Watch day as you scan the night skies in search of meteors. We sure hope you see some tonight!
The Origin of Meteor Watch Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. Perhaps, it was a star gazer.
This Day in History June 30
Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery. (1794)
The U.S. Congress organizes the Michigan Territory. (1805)
French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope. (1859)
The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place. (1860)
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort and recreation". (1864)
Charles J. Guiteau is hanged in Washington, D.C. for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield. (1882)
The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal. It arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4. (1886)
Albert Einstein publishes the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduces special relativity. (1905)
The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act. (1906)
The Regina Cyclone hits Regina, Saskatchewan, killing 28. It remains Canada's deadliest tornado event. (1912)
World War I: Greece declares war on the Central Powers. (1917)
U.S. President Warren G. Harding appoints former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States. (1921)
In Washington D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes and Dominican Ambassador Francisco J. Peynado sign the Hughes-Peynado agreement, which ends the United States occupation of the Dominican Republic. (1922)
The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler's violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, takes place. (1934)
The world's first emergency telephone number, 999, is introduced in London (1937)
World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces. (1944)
The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. (1953)
A TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collide above the Grand Canyon in Arizona and crash, killing all 128 on board both planes. It is the worst-ever aviation disaster at that point in time. (1956)
A United States Air Force F-100 Super Sabre from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, crashes into a nearby elementary school, killing 11 students plus six residents from the local neighborhood. (1959)
The National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organization, is founded. (1966)
The crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply escapes through a faulty valve. (1971)
Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect. (1971)
Thirty-nine American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days. (1985)
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults. (1986)
The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie. (1987)
East Germany and West Germany merge their economies. (1990)
Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, starts "The Great Gage Park Decency Drive" picketing the park, starting their notorious picketing campaign that would later include funerals of AIDS victims and fallen American military. (1991)
The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. (1997)