See the CNYO Brochure Archive Page for background more information.
Because these are still asked for/about – and because the cnyo.org website continues to suffer from WordPress-related aging that may make it less-and-less accessible as time progresses, the original brochures put together as hand-outs at hosted events and star parties have been embedded into the page below for your reading and downloading pleasure.
These two-page brochures were printed out double-sided, tri-folded into pamphlets, and handed out at lectures and observing sessions. The PDFs should print just fine with no cut-offs in any modern printer.
These include the following:
- A Guide For New Observers (original post, local PDF, local page)
- A Guide For Solar Observing (original post, local PDF, local page)
- A Guide For Lunar Observing (original post, local PDF, local page)
- How The Night Sky Moves (original post, local PDF, local page)
- A Guide To Meteor Showers (original post, local PDF, local page)
A Guide To Meteor Showers
The Year’s Notable Meteor Showers
A list of all 12 familiar meteor showers, their radiants, their origin, and their time of year.
Meteoroid, Meteor, Or Meteorite?
“One piece of interstellar debris, three different names that tell you something about the “state” of the object (1) as it exists in space, (2) as it slams into our atmosphere, and (3) as it hits the ground if it’s big enough to survive entry.”
A Lot From All Over – And Very Fast
“Meteor showers are the most predictable times to see debris falling from space, but an estimated 40 tons* of space dust falls on Earth EVERY DAY.”
Meteor Showers Vs. Random Meteors
“As you can’t predict their location or direction, you simply have to be looking at the right place at the right time!”
What’s In A Name?
“The meteor shower itself has nothing to do with the constellation or the stars, only the part of the sky that the constellation occupies on the late nights and early mornings when the meteor shower is visible.”
Clash Of The Tinys
“It is the Earth, revolving around the Sun at a dizzying 110,000 km/hour (that’s 30 km/second!), that powers the meteor shower we see on the ground.”
A Snapshot Of A Meteor Shower
“What we see as a meteor shower is actually surface material from a Solar System body!”
Preparing For A Meteor Shower
“A reclining chair or blanket – the best view is straight up, so save your back and clothes.”
For Much More Information…
“The peak times given in this brochure are only general estimates, as the best times for each shower vary by one or more days each year.”