Sunday, August 13, 2006

Amazing Skies

Tonight is one of the nights that the August meteor shower is supposed to be the best. We have an absolutely crystal clear sky and because I am in a rural area with no street lights it is dark as anything outside so the stars just jump out at is truly amazing. The other nice thing about the rural area is that it is super quiet and all you can hear are the crickets chirping.

I went out and laid on the hot tub cover for a bit to watch the skies tonight. Watching stars always takes me back to my childhood and sitting in the backyard on 3rd street watching stars with my dad. We also watched for Skylab when it was falling from orbit in that same backyard and I think there were quite a few lightening storms as well. I am so thankful that my parents took the time to show me the wonders of this amazing planet that we live on when I was a kid.

Anyhow, I didn't see any "falling stars" but it is early yet. If I wake up sometime tonight, I just might climb out of bed, go out and watch the stars for a bit...I would love to catch a few of them falling.


Joanne said...

I'm a teeny bit envious. :) I would've had to drive for probably an hour to escape the light pollution of Seattle/Bellevue/etc.

Haha said...

I hope you got to see some. I went out to watch and it was a full havest moon. I could barely see the planets you can normally see with the naked eye. I am glad you still enjoy stargazing, it was one of our simple family pleasures and no matter how old I get, I am still in awe of the heavens!

Violet said...

sounds awesome. several weeks ago, a friend and i were sitting outside, watching the sky, and just talking about whatever... they say that on any given clear night, you can see up to 4-6 'falling stars' per hour. the statistic definitely seemed to hold up that night.

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

One of my favorite childhood memories is arriving at the beach as that year's August meteor shower started. Lying on the dock and letting the stars fall around us was unbelievable.