Thursday, August 12, 2010

Why does it have to be in the middle of the week?

The Persaid Meteor Shower is going on right now. It culminates tonight.

They always come August 10th to 12th. Depending upon the orientation of the earth through the comet's tail determines whether there are a lot or a few. This is a great page on meteor showers.

As August 12th occurs this year on a Thursday and peak viewing time is after midnight, that combo doesn't lend itself for regular people watching. I have to work the next day and fractured sleep, as in sleeping from 8-12, getting up, watching meteors from 12-2, going back to bed and sleeping from 2-6, is not a good thing.

I remember one hot muggy weekend summer night, driving west to get away from the lights of the city, Carole, her dad and I wound up at a small graveyard out in the boondocks. We weren't the only people with the idea to use the graveyard as a viewpoint. There were two other cars there. We spread a blanket on the hood of the car, coated ourselves with bug spray, lay back against the windshield and just watched. We had been told it would not be the best viewing that particular year. I remember seeing 4 or 5 in the time we were there. Although it wasn't much, it was still spectacular.

If this was a Friday or Saturday night, I'd log off the game and head west to find a dark spot. There are a number of places I know where I could go and just watch. But, no. Nature has to have the shower during the week. Oh well. Next year, the 12th is on a Friday. What do you want to bet...

it rains?

Beverage: Scottish Blend tea

Deb

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