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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak TONIGHT, August, 11th, 2016. This Meteor Shower happens every year in August when Earth passes through a trail of debris left by an ancient comet. The debris become meteors in Earth’s atmosophere, more commonly called “shooting stars” or “falling stars” because they create an arc of light in the sky before the heat of re-entry burns the debris completely up. The Perseid Meteor Shower is famous for having bright meteors. This year, it is expected to be even better. NASA predicts that there will be double the normal rate of shooting stars on the night of August 11th. Some say up to 200 an hour! Start asking now to stay up late!

The best way to see meteors is to go outside after dark, lie on your back and look straight up. You might have to wait. Bring a good snack – like popcorn!

TCM Meteor

 

This meteorite is an Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Meteorites are one of the few extraterrestrial, from outer space, materials scientists have to study. Most meteorites found on the ground are iron, which are very dense and appear quite different from ordinary rock. This is a Gibeon meteorite made up mostly of iron and nickel. These meteorites resulted in a huge meteor shower that occurred thousands of years ago. Upon hitting he earth’s atmosphere, a large iron mass (or masses) fragmented, showering down to Earth. These fragments were first reported in 1838, with more fragments showing p in following years as Europeans moved in.

 

 

Websites:

Books:

Comets Meteors and Asteroids How the Meteorite Got to the Museum Meteor Showers Meteors
National Geographic Kids Meteors Seven Wonders of Asteroids Meteors and Comets Shooting Stars Meteor!
My Friend the Starfinder Olivia Wishes on a Star One Starry Night Pieces of Another World
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Learn About the Olympics

Learn About the Olympics

Websites:

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Each Olympic Sport:

Olympic Sport Call Number Chart

Books:

What Are the Summer Olympics Olympics Olympic Record Breakers Great Moments in the Summer Olympics
The Boys in the Boat The First Olympis of Ancient Greece The World's Greatest Olympians The World of Olympics
Records Scandals History Events
Great Olympic Moments Inside the Olympics G is for Gold Medal A Passion for Victory
Massacre in Munich
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Olympic Athletes

Olympic Athletes

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games of the XXXI Olympiad begin this Friday, August 5th and last until August – 21st. It will be fun to see who the new Olympic champions will be. We all have our favorites from previous years. Here is a list of websites and books to help you find out more about your favorite Olympic athletes.

Websites:

Books:

Nadia the Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still Kerri Strug and the Magnificent Seven Gabby Douglas Jesse Owens Fastest Man Alive
Wilma Rudolph Michael Phelps Usain Bolt Who Is Muhammad Ali
Swimming With Faith Jim Thorpe
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Snow Forts, Snowballs & Snowflakes

Snow Forts, Snowballs & Snowflakes

Snow Forts

Provides tips and techniques for building snow forts, slides, and games


Snowball Launchers

Offers instructions for fifteen unusual projects including a rocket-propelled toy car, an automatic dog feeder, storm-predicting bells, and a mechanical snowball thrower.

 

 


Snowflake Bentley

Wilson Bentley, a real guy also known as “The Snowflake Man”, was fascinated with snow even as a young man. He started photographing individual snowflakes…and since no two are alike, you know that’s a lot of flakes! He collected snowflake crystals and worked on perfecting the technique to photograph them his entire life. Click on the link below to see some of his pictures. I really didn’t know that the snowflakes you cut out of paper…really do look like the real crystals. The flakes are really beautiful. Author: Jacqueline Martin Illustrator: Mary Azarian

 

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Christmas

Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Websites

 

Indiana Websites

Favorite Christmas Stories:

Arthur's Christmas The Best Christmas Pageant Ever A Charlie Brown Christmas A Christmas Carol
Gift of the Magi How the Grinch Stole Christmas Miracle on 34th Street Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Night Before Christmas Nutcracker Polar Express Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa's Book of Names The Story of Holly and Ivy The Twelve Days of Christmas  Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Christmas History, Crafts and Customs:

The Story of Christmas from the King James Bible Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters The Christmas Menorah How a Town Fought Hate Franklin and Winston a Christmas That Changed the World
Silver Packages Truce The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting Christmas Crafts Christmas Unwrapped
How to Draw Christmas Things Legend of Saint Nicholas Legends of Santa Claus Merry Christmas Activity Book
Merry Christmas Everywhere Reindeer Crunch and Other Christmas Recipes Super Simple Holiday Treats Holiday Papercraft
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