Leonids

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.

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