August 13, 2011

Star Gazing: Perseid 2011

I love the stars. I'm fascinated by all the beauty found in space. And one of my favorite past times is to catch sky shows like the annual Persied Meteor Shower.  It happens every year in August and is easiest to see in the Northern Hemisphere anywhere in the world given you have clear skies and forgiving moon.

This year was a bit tricky for my brother and I.  The moon was very full and gorgeous but its light made it difficult to see most of the falling meteor dust.  So we ended up star gazing two hours before dawn when the moon was further to the West.  And thankfully we did see some "shooting stars" that were very bright!

For me its always thrilling.  I feel like God smiles at me and His charm takes my breath away.  

So what does a bright shooting star look like?  For anyone reading this who feels they have never really seen one, let me try and describe it.

Some of the best shooting stars I've seen were as bright as an airplane but minus the blinking red lights.  And the bright white light normally is seen as a dot that streaks across the sky in about a second.  Sometimes more than a second, depending on how big it is.  And they have tails of light that follow close behind the moving dot.   

Now I've always only seen them one at a time but in some places I know people are blessed to see several at once!  That most be an amazing experience! 

But besides the Perseid shower my brother and I were able to see the International Space Station as it passed by.  What a rare treat!

And the best thing is that to see these sights in the sky you don't need any special equipment except what God has already given you... your eyes. :)

How about you?  Did you see any "shooting stars" lately? 

" Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." ~ Philippians 4:8

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