This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Shooting Stars and Space Rocks Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Code: 1L0469 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text The Perseids meteor shower, 2019 Meteors, or shooting stars, are among the night sky’s most captivating phenomena. You’ve probably been startled by a bright meteor streaking across the night sky and wondered, “Did that land somewhere?” Yes, sometimes they do wind up on Earth’s surface. In fact, in an average year more than 17,000 meteorites the size of golf balls or larger—more than 18 tons in all—fall somewhere on our planet. Yet few people understand what these space rocks are, where they come from, or how often they hit the ground. Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, provides an introductory overview of meteors and meteorites. He discusses the difference between a true meteorite and a “meteor-wrong” and traces how these bodies make their way here from the depths of interplanetary space. He also offers tips on where, when, and how to watch for annual meteor showers such as the Perseids and Leonids Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.