maggiealderson

Seven Days of Positive – Day 86

In Hastings, shooting stars on December 13, 2014 at 11:52 pm

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Something amazing just happened. I saw four shooting stars. Well, they were meteors which zoomed off from the asteroid Phaeton 3200 millions of light years ago, but they looked like my Disney idea of shooting stars.

I saw them because I was watching the X Factor final (not an edifying experience) and while scrolling through the many hilarious tweets on the subject, I saw a post a friend had put up reminding everyone about the Geminid meteor shower, which I’d heard about on the radio, but had forgotten was happening tonight.

I grabbed my coat and my daughter and we ran outside to the street. We saw four of them. Curves of gold light, arcing across the sky.

Then we got too cold and had to come back inside.

One of the things I love about living where I do is that we have a very dark sky, because there are only houses on one side of the street. The other side is the start of the East Hill and Hastings Country Park and there are very few houses across several miles of coastal land.

When people who live in the environs ask where I live, I sometimes call it ‘the darkness on the edge of town’.

It’s the very Eastern extent of Hastings and I like that feeling of wildness.

One a clear night I often go outside to gaze up at the stars and after a glorious windless day of winter sun, it’s as clear as it gets tonight. You can make out distant galaxies, as well as the more obvious Mars (distinctly red), Venus (bright), Orion’s Belt etc.

It makes me think of the night I slept outside in a swag in the desert near King’s Canyon and stayed awake for hours gazing up at the Milky Way and the Southern Cross.

Then, as tonight, I made some wishes.

For more info about the meteors watch this NASA clip.

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  1. We’re hoping to watch the meteor shower tonight. The sky has been beautifully clear, so here’s hoping. Yesterday was 15 years since my darling dad passed away, and the star I christened as his way back then was shining very brightly last night.

  2. On reading this post, Immediately started singing Space Oddity. There is something so exciting and magical about seeing a shooting star.

    Once spent a night under the stars in Katherine Gorge watching the Southern Cross move across the night sky.

  3. Download NIGHTSKY app onto your phone or ipad and point it at the sky, It is amazing! It tells/shows you exactly what you are looking at. It is free too.

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