Every August the Perseids are visible. They are left overs from a comet..the pieces that race across the sky are the size of a grain of sand sometimes getting as large as a marble. The earth crosses this path of comet leftovers once a year. They light up the sky in August every year, if the skies are clear.
Sunday night we all discussed the Perseids..Noah, Andy, Jen and I. Noah said he would go out if he was awake. Andy said he wasn’t going, Jen said she might wake up and go out and have a look. I told Jen to wake me up.
I checked them out from our yard about 3 AM. Then I let the dogs out to do a little business. I woke Noah up and asked him if he wanted to go to the cemetery with me? “No Grandma.” A few minutes later Jen came downstairs and we took off.
The local cemetery is a great place to watch the night sky. I brought some blankets, Jen brought her camera. I left mine at home. It was chilly..but we were entertained by the Perseids. It is a guess exactly when and where they will appear. We saw quite a few. It was too chilly for bugs, they must have all been sleeping to stay warm.
At one point we thought we heard dogs barking, Jen said “Sounds like our dogs.” We heard an Owl and the nearby irrigator made funny noises as it worked it’s way around the field. The cemetery itself was silent…three cars came by on the highway.
Back at home, Chance decided that I had left forever and started to howl, which in turn set off Little Elvis and Miney. A dog chorus! Far Guy had no idea where I went or for what. He was worried, as soon as we got home he said “Where have you been in your jammies?” “Well at the cemetery looking at Perseids with Jen.” Apparently he missed the conversation we had earlier in the evening.
This is a photo Jen took of the night sky as dawn approached.
The light on the ground on the left is a solar light on a grave. The light at tree level on the right is an irrigator light.
I love to watch the night sky. How about you? :)