This Week's Night Vision: Comets and Meteors

Posted December 7, 2018 - by Thomas Quayle

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Comet Animation
(Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The night sky displays a vast field of myriad stars and planets that wander along with clockwork precision. Throughout the year this view is pierced with streaks of light that flash into existence, capture our wonder and awe, and then disappear as quick as they came. At times, an ominous glow appears in the vast distance with softly glowing tails. This is the world of comets and meteors.

We have known about comets and meteor showers for millennia and have even been able to predict with regularity and accuracy the times when many can be observed. Only in the past few decades, however, have we begun to deeply explore their nature and composition. With each advance in technology, we have been able to construct more capable spacecraft that extend our reach and knowledge about our Solar System. Daring missions are now in progress to land on these ancient bodies, and, in some cases, are attempting to bring material back.

Join us for this week's Night Vision on Saturday, December 8th at 6:45 PM as we investigate the origins of comets and meteor showers, and explore the origins of the Solar System itself.

Tickets are just $2.00 per person for the public, and free for members of Clark Planetarium. Get your tickets now.