Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Night sky

I stepped onto the back deck tonight to dump coffee grounds into the compost bucket. The moon was scythe shaped sliver shedding no light on the night sky.

I stood for a moment looking into the sky as I always do when there are no clouds obscuring the heavens.

Just then a shooting star zipped across the sky so quickly that had I blinked, I would have missed it. I'm so glad I didn't blink.

In summer it seems the atmosphere is almost milky with haze making the stars faint, and the possibility of seeing meteors remote. But autumn brings a clean slate to the sky.

This weekend, I'll build a fire in the fire pit, pull the new teakwood lawn chairs out in the middle of the yard and see what the sky has to offer. I can't think of a better way to spend a few hours.


  1. Nice way to spend an evening.

  2. Anonymous10:08 PM

    Beautiful shot, Rick!!

  3. Beautiful night sky. I love shooting stars they are like many incidences in out lives, IMMEDIATE but remembered fondly.

  4. That sounds great.


  5. Shakespeare once described the moon as "hanging like a pearl in an Ethiop's ear." I can't remember which play, but your post reminded me of this.

  6. You may want to check Earth Sky on google to see the best dates to see meteor showers. I just missed some by a few days. I would have been too tired to stay up anyway.
    I love seeing falling star.
    Several years ago my husband and I were driving at night and saw a ball of fire shooting from the sky and it came down slowly enough to get a good look at it but it still was pretty fast. A great pass time this sky watching.
    Good luck seeing falling stars.

  7. och! Sounds so decadent.
    What a treat!
    Wish we could this here where I live.
    At my country house we used to do this almost every night with a bonfire.
    The air was sweet and cool and we'd lie in our knap sacks staring up into the sky.
    Today when I look up I see a round circle of lights like a space saucer.
    It just sits there every night and I keep wondering if it is a satellite.
    Enjoy Rick.

  8. You have that right, just kicking back and taking in the beauty of the sky is one of the most relaxing feelings you can get.

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a few hours! Enjoy!

  11. We love doing that too! Hope you made a wish on that star....and if you did I hope it comes true!


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