There’s a meteor shower tonight, but I’m not going to watch it. It’s from 1-5 in the morning, and that’s just a bloody inconvenient time to lay about and watch the sky. But I do love watching the sky and the stars and taking it all in and imagining. One of the things that stopped me tonight was finding a NASA grapher that shows you the meteors per hour you’ll see based on the city you’re in and whether you’re in the city proper, the suburbs, the countryside, or a mountaintop. From the suburbs, where we are, it’s around 4 meteors per hour, and from a mountaintop it’s still only 8 or so. That’s just not terribly climactic.
About a month and a half ago, I went on OTL leader training out in Joshua Tree national park, and while we were cooking dinner, I looked up and saw a shooting star. It was the first time I’d ever seen one. Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. I just always seemed to miss them when other people were looking. But what was really amazing was that then 5 seconds later I saw another one. And then another one. It was great! But a first experience like that is what leads me to get a good nights sleep tonight, rather than driving an hour out to Baldy to watch a meteor every ten minutes.