Thursday, August 18, 2011

Star Light, Star Bright!!

We live out in the middle of nowhere.  No city lights to bother us.  We can hoot & holler all we want (my mother is close enough, that when the wind is just right we can actually holler back & forth!!  She lives 2/10 of a mile down the road).  We can walk to the clothesline in our bra & get a shirt off the line.... oh wait.... that's just me...  I can wear my pj's out to walk the dogs.  AND we can watch meteor showers in the dark of night!

Just this past week marked the annual Perseids meteor shower.  Around the 10th-11th of August, every year we have the wonderful opportunity to watch God's own fireworks show.  Last year, friends happened to stop by & we went out & laid in the backyard and caught the show with the kids.  We had so much fun.

This year we were on our trip to North Carolina to pick up our newest family member (whose name we think is going to be Willy.  He gives the most thorough wet willies you've ever had) and we missed the peak night of shooting stars.  The Lego King & I thought we'd try anyhow & went out last night & laid in the grass for about 45 minutes.  You MUST give your eyes time to adjust to the dark.  They say when you can make out ALL of the stars to the Little Dipper your eyes have adjusted to the right light to see shooting stars.  The problem with the Perseids showers this year was that there was a full moon.  It's best when there is little to no moon and no cloud cover.  Oh well, we tried.

We wrote on the calendar when the next meteor shower will be.  If you're in the Northern Hempisphere & you have nothing better to do on October 8th, join us in watching the Draconid meteor shower.  It's supposed to be a 'nearly full' moon, but hopefully we can see some shooting stars.  The site that had some really great information & dates was StarDate.  If you can't make the October 8th date then there are others showers & dates. 

Check it out.  There is nothing better than laying on your back, looking up at the stars & laughing with your children and/or friends.

Bye!  Love you!  Have a good day, Dear!

Even though the August Perseids showers were a bust for us, we thought we'd give it a try last night.

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