Friday, August 12, 2016
Saw the constellation
Posted by Christopher Moore
Well, the meteor really, tho' there were some constellations up there too. The meteor show did not match these above, natch. I live in a light-polluted city and did not wait up for the moon's going down after midnight. But even in the bright city, before 11 pm, last night's Perseid meteor shower delivered for endlessly-seeking daughter and me, and it felt ... historic.
After twenty minutes or so of being distracted by stars emerging from cloud cover and planes suddenly transiting, there it was, a bright and unmistakeable meteor, covering a distance many times a moon's circumferance. Twice this long, say:
And a briefer, dimmer one a little later. And we were done, satisfied and reminded: it's a big universe out there. Try again tonight?.