Hail Perseids

A few minutes ago I stepped outside for a whiff of air, apparently on cue.  Closing the door the exact moment a magnificent fireball split night’s horizon. Not some timid falling star – a full on cosmic slap, complete with adrenalin rush, racing pulse and heightened senses. Night had my undivided attention. I get goosebumps thinking about it – one of those inexplicable portraits, indelibly etched in conscience for all eternity. It’s entirely possible I danced a jig while chanting “hail Perseid” in my head.

August brings the annual Perseid meteor shower – dependable and prolific, the source of countless childhood wishes. Peaking on August 12, debris from comet Swift-Tuttle has competition this year. Reaching a zenith two days after a “super moon”, (14% bigger and 30% brighter than average full moons) light pollution plans to give Perseid a run for the money. Linked below are tips from earthsky to maximize viewing….

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/how-to-minimize-moon-and-optimize-meteor-shower

Another link…

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/perseid-meteor-shower-peaks-near-supermoon-1.2730471

All I ask is to open your night eyes the next few days. Promise me – if Perseid smacks your head – dance an impromptu jig while chanting hail Perseid.

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One thought on “Hail Perseids

  1. I had good intentions of getting out and seeing moon and Perseids both — and we ended up with the silliest little blowing drizzle that pretty much obscured the sky until sometime after I gave up hope and went to bed. Sigh….

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