Tuesday, April 23, 2013

No Shower Last Night

I feel a little cheated. The Lyrid Meteor Showers were supposed to be spectacular last night, but when I went outside at 9 p.m. Ol' Mister Moon was as bright as a headlamp.
Meteor Photo from NASA
The temperature was still comfortable so I laid back on the deck and shielded my eyes from the moons light and let them adjust a little.
All of a sudden from the east I saw a meteor that looked close enough to touch....then it blinked, and continued on, and then blinked again.
I realized that it wasn't a meteor, but the first lightening bug of the season playing a practical joke on me. I snorted out a laugh which brought the dogs out to the deck.
Soon Caillou was laying across my stomach stargazing too. He wasn't sure what we were looking for, but he seemed to be enjoying the night air.
It's a little hard to breathe with a 60-pound dog laying on you, so I decided to call it a night.
I woke up after midnight and went into the kitchen for a glass of water. I stepped back out onto the deck for another look.
The moon had moved off toward the west, but the sky was still bright. Clouds were rolling in from the south. Not angry clouds, but clouds that would be angels, dolphins, or cowboys if you saw them on a lazy summer afternoon. The bottom line is that I didn't see the first meteor.
Oh well, it will be August before we know it and the Perseid Meteor Showers will be here. Maybe I'll have better luck then.


  1. When I saw your title I thought you hadn't taken a shower and you were stinky.


  2. Believe it or not, that was the effect I was shooting for :)

    1. Jilda might wish you'd take a shower. Hint Hint

  3. I love sky gazing at night when it's spring to fall... so many amazing things to watch up there ;-)

  4. Hey, I thought the same thing....great minds think alike...lol. I'm waiting for my first shower too..

  5. It was too nippy and rainy for me to be out last night. Hurry on Perseids!

  6. There was a meteor shower last night?!?! And I missed it?!!? oh dear!! Awwww but how wonderful to have such a night gazing up at the heavens (complete with gorgeous dog of course!) Take care

  7. I didn't seen any yet Rick but like you said we always have August!!

  8. Sorry about not being able to see the meteor. August is not that far away.


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