Today we celebrate Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the moon in 1969. “The Eagle has landed” referred to Apollo 11’s successful trip to the moon, Armstrong stating, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he stepped on the surface of the moon. Sadly, we haven’t been back since. Still it’s a part of history, which very few care about anymore, but an accomplishment you should reflect on every time you look up at the moon.
How to celebrate – Read about the exploration of space. Book your own private trip to the moon. Become an astronaut.
When you star gaze you will often find falling stars, or meteors, entering our atmosphere and burning up. It is a natural, and rather common, sight to see though it does seem to happen more in the winter months than the summer months. Most burn up before they hit the earth but some do get through. The most famous occurred in Siberia in 1908 which cut a path through 40 miles of territory destroying trees, a few buildings and knocking some people out. That happened on June 30th and probably is the reason for today becoming Meteor Day.
How to celebrate – Star gaze tonight. Visit sites where meteors have landed. Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket.
The first Friday in May is always Space Day. Why, well… that’s not really clear but let’s just accept it and go with it. The day was created by the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997 in order to try and get more students interested in space and the complex industry that goes along with it. Today, depending on which political party is in control, the space industry is more private than public, which actually makes things great for workers but not so much for the industry itself. Space may hold many answers for mankind as we progress, it’s too bad the progressives can’t see that.
How to celebrate – Find something about space to become interested in. Become an astronomer. Watch Star Wars.
This is your day if you like to look up into space, either through a telescope or via the naked eye. There is a lot to see but the more trained you are, the more you will actually see. Most people just see a lot of stars, the moon and occasionally a random planet but there is so much more. Today was created by Doug Berger of the North California Astronomical Association back in 1973. Who knows what surprises might be out there in the universe and there’s only one way to find them, look up!
How to celebrate – Buy a telescope. Visit an observatory. Become an astronaut.
March 20th Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
Do you believe you have been abducted by aliens? Well, many believe they have been. They are here to learn about us, whether to help advance us, or destroy us. Many believe the extraterrestrials have been here for centuries showing the Egyptians how to build the pyramids and advancing the Mayan and Inca civilizations. There was an Alien Abduction Festival in Canada back on March 20th, 2008. It went over so well that it was never repeated. If you were abducted it is nothing to be proud of because obviously they weren’t impressed and returned you! Who knows, maybe the person standing next to you in line isn’t a person at all, but rather an extraterrestrial examining you for some future experimentation.
How to celebrate – Well start by celebrating that you have not been abducted by extraterrestrials. Look to the sky tonight to see if you can welcome any extraterrestrials. When are we going to start abducting extraterrestrials ourselves!?!
Of course the Red Planet is Mars but did you know the planet is probably not really red? It appears Red to us because of the filters used to take pictures of it. Today remembers the first spaceship launch to view Mars closer, the Mariner 4. It was launched November 28th, 1964, traveling to 6,118 miles off the surface of Mars on July 14th, 1965. Today there is renewed interest in reaching Mars and seeing if there is anything of use there for mankind.
How to celebrate – Set up a telescope and see if you can find Mars. Read about NASA. Read about all the planets in our Solar System.
“The Eagle has landed”, in 1969, and the now famous line was coined – “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind!” (Armstrong has said in interviews he was misquoted and did say the “a”). It seems we got to the moon and lost our way, like the challenge of space was over, instead of just beginning. After taking an extended break we seem to be back at it again. There are those that feel the rewards are not worth the cost and effort, maybe that’s true… but what if it isn’t? Those doubters once thought that the world was flat and that they would find nothing by sailing the seas, that sailors would just fall off the edge eventually and drift off into a sky filled with nothing. Those doubters were wrong. So what might we discover in space? Who knows but if we can figure out a way to get there, we should at least try.
How to celebrate – Read about what space exploration has already taken place. Watch all the new space launches. Become an astronaut.
June 30th Meteor Day
Duck! Somewhere between 20 to 25 million meteors hit the earth’s atmosphere every day! Of course, most burn up before they actually hit the earth’s surface but some get through letting us use our imagination of where they came from and how they got here. Most come from stars and other matter in space exploding and shooting across the sky. If we are lucky we can see one as it burns up in the atmosphere, if we are not lucky, one falls on our head! That gives a whole new meaning to “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket”!
How to celebrate – Visit one of the sites where a meteor has landed on Earth. Watch the sky at night for falling meteors. Get a steel umbrella.
July 20th National Moon Day
Today celebrates the day the astronauts first set foot on the moon in 1969. The “Eagle” had landed at Tranquility Base, it was “One small step for man. one giant leap for mankind”. Today also celebrates the Apollo program started by John F. Kennedy to compete with the Russian space program. The moon is something you can admire nearly every night. I don’t think anybody knows exactly what purpose the moon serves but since it’s there, might as well put it to use! Some say there is a man in the moon, others say it’s the Marine emblem, some think it’s made of cheese and a few think it’s showing your rear end out the window of a car. Guess it’s your choice, choose wisely.
How to celebrate
– Look up at the moon. Have a
moonlight picnic out in your yard. Call
Space-X and get your ticket to go to the moon.
If you like watching the sky today you have added reasons to watch, it’s National Meteor Day! In many areas it’s actually called Meteor Watch Day but who cares, it’s the same difference. The idea is to watch for meteors, remember the “Catch a falling a star and put it in your pocket”? Well, you might not want to really do that. On June 30th, 1908 a meteor hit Siberia and wiped out tress for forty miles! Try and put that one in your pocket! The most visible seems to be the Perseid Meteor Shower, which won’t reach it’s maximum activity until August so you may want to set up a cot cause you might be there for a while. Remember to wish on whatever you see falling unless that happens to be an airplane… then it’s time to pray.
How to celebrate – Watch the night sky for meteors. Make a list of what you would wish for in case you see more than one! Get out of the way if you see a meteor coming in your direction.