August 2012
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Perseids

As you may know from past blogs, I am a fan of sky-watching.  Every year between the end of July and mid-August the Perseid Meteor Shower puts on a great show.  Sadly, I don’t always get to see the best and brightest it has to offer.  The full Moon and a good layer of Fog are the culprits.  (Oh, and sometimes I don’t wake up and get outside by 4:00 am).  In the past I have been known get at 3:00 am and head for any local ridge-top that will afford me great viewing.  Now days, I am out in the yard early,  head tilted up, eyes scanning like radar to catch sight of the  streaking meteors.

It is hard to describe the feeling I get when I watch this cosmic display.  It is wonder, awe, and giggly excitement all rolled into one.  It is humbling and renewing all at the same time.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking now in the Northern Hemisphere, with activity at 60 plus per hour today and tomorrow.  If you are inclined and able, I invite you to star-gaze with me.  Truely a mystical experience.

 

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