It’s August, and do you know what hat means? We will be treated to the annual Perseid meteor shower! The meteor shower starts at the end of July and goes through most of August but the best time to see it is during the next few nights of August 13th and 14th at about 1am PST. What will be truly wonderful is that this year it is a new moon! That means there will be no moonlight and we will be able to see the shooting stars flying across the sky in all their splendor. It is a brilliant time to get the family together and go camping under the stars, whether it is in your backyard or in the forest. Set up a tent and begin the star gazing.
While looking up in the sky for all the shooting stars, sneak in a few facts about the meteor shower and the stars. It is cool to learn when you don’t even know your learning. Sneak in facts like, “Bits of debris which enter Earth’s atmosphere are called meteors” or “A meteor shower is several bits of debris entering the earths atmosphere at a given time of the year like the Perseid meteor shower.” Watch the Video above for more interesting facts about the Perseid meteor shower. Maybe even pull out a constellation book and teach the new star gazers about the night sky. You can use one of the following books:
Unintentional learning and star gazing can work up an appetite so don’t forget the yummy snacks. Perhaps make them themed to match the night sky. For example, make Star Shaped sandwiches or call a glass of milk The Milky Way. Of course you could always make some delicious Galactic Space Bark found on Disney.Family.com. They only take 7 easy steps and require very few ingredients.
What You’ll Need
- 30 ounces black candy melts
- 20 ounces blue candy melts
- 10 ounces light blue candy melts
- Orange and white star sprinkles
- White sparkling sugar sprinkles
How To Make It
- Melt the black candy melts in the microwave. Use 30-second intervals until it’s completely melted.
- Pour melted black chocolate into a foil-lined rectangular pan and spread evenly.
- Separately melt other colored candy melts, and drizzle onto black chocolate.
- Use a knife to swirl the colors together.
- Add star and sugar sprinkles.
- Place in the freezer to cool and harden.
- Once completely hardened, use a knife to break into pieces, and serve!
Enjoy the snacks, learn the facts, and have a great night under the stars. What could be more perfect this summer?