We had a hot (104) day, with muggy cloud cover, but by midnight it was nothing but stars. We took our blanket outside and all (including dad, who had a hard time staying away), laid under the stars to watch a georgeous show. My kids are 8, 6 and 3 and now they've all seen shooting stars.
We saw amazing streaks with lots of residual tail. It was awesome. They also watched cassiopia rise above the horizon and the big dipper dip. They showed dad sirius, their favorite star. What a great night!
Best wishes to all,
My youngest son and I got up at 3am and went to the top of the hill to watch the show. It was mighty pretty. There was one that must have hit the atmosphere head-on, because it zigged and zagged, then exploded, lighting up the whole sky. It was truly awesome! What a wrap-up for his week-long study on meteors and meteorites!
One of the great joys of having no indoor plumbing, or I should say perhaps the only joy, is having a reason to go outside at 3 AM under a star spangled sky. I was out last night but I had forgotten about the meteor shower so I didn't look very long. Once last winter I saw a spectacular meteor that left a streak across the entire sky for a split second. Breathtaking.
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