Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Word of the Week Wednesday

Hello my raviolis.  It's word of the week Wednesday and today's word is a:


Debris, why debris...that's just garbage or trash or stuff that falls from something.   Do you know what's happening later this week that you won’t want to miss?

The Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley’s comet on May 6th. The result? A “mild but beautiful meteor shower” called the eta Aquarids.
That is something that you don't want to miss and I bet the Colorado raviolis will have the best show of all because of the large sky you have out west.

You will have to be awake in the early morning hours this Friday. You’ll also want to get as far away from city lights as you can.
“Each eta Aquarid meteoroid is a piece of Halley’s Comet doing a kamikaze death dive into the atmosphere,” said NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. “Many people have never seen this famous comet, but on the morning of May 6th they can watch bits of it leave fiery trails across the sky.”

Halley’s Comet,which orbits the sun every 76 years, leaves behind a trail of vaporized debris when it swings by the sun. That means twice a year, the Earth gets a meteor shower. (In May, that’s the eta Aquarids. In October, it’s the Orionids.)

NASA astronomers said this Friday’s show could be better than usual, since there won’t be moonlight during the early hours of the day.

So if you have a telescope, you  may want to set it up Thursday night so you can see the meteor debris shower early Friday morning. 

Here is grandma-ma's sentence using the word debris:  I wish I could be with all my raviolis to watch the debris of the meteor shower on Friday.  Don't forget to use the word "debris" in three sentences. 
Love to you all.  Grandma-ma

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