Friday, August 14, 2009

A Day Late, A Meteor Shower Short


Here it is mid-August, time for the great Perseid meteor shower, and I missed posting for its 8/11-12 peak-time. Sorry am I!! If you've seen the shower each year (or any year) you know how incredible it can be. The moon glared down from constellation Aries right next to the shower's radiant in Perseus, so it was a rather disappointing show. (The radiant is that red dot in the center.) If you're looking Northeast near midnight you can still catch them, out in open unlighted spaces. Perseids can appear in any part of the sky, but their tails always point back to the radiant.
Actual photos of Perseids trailing through the night sky.

20 comments:

GYPSYWOMAN said...

hey lady - wow, the magic of the universe!!! you know, since i'm a leo [8/11], i've always liked to think of the perseids as my own personal little magic show from the universe :)

but not matter, a gift for us all from the gods! can't get any better than that!

great post, girl - thanks so much for dropping by my places -

namaste' - jenean

kelly said...

my son for the first time was able to see it.. he was amazed, i am sure he didn't get the "whole" effect of it but enjoyed it none the less.. said it was "cool" ..lol
Kelly~

Dawn said...

I tried but it was too cloudy! :(

be well....

robert said...

It is the stars, / The stars above us, govern our conditions.
(King Lear, 4. Act, 3. Scene)
With my night nearly over, would like to wish you a bright one and a nice start into the new week as well.

Celeste Maia said...

Fabulous images of the sky. How much we miss if we are not sky watchers at night.
Yesterday, August 15, I paid my respects to lunar Diana - Roman equivalent to Greek Artemis - and the cycle of fertility and ripening.

Jeannette said...

It is beautiful but we do not seem to see it here. The heavens are so wonderful.

Cathy said...

GYPSYWOMAN: Don't sell your OWN meteor shower short! The Leonids are due in November and by far the most astounding spectacle for cosmos-watchers. This time I'll remember to post BEFORE they appear lol. CELESTE: The Goddess of the hunt, the maiden of Delos, the protector of nature - one of my favorites. I always enjoyed how she could face down the others gods using only her undiluted womanhood.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

hey lady - just dropping by to see what's new at your place - thanks so much for coming by mine and leaving notes!!! they make my day - i'm a bit under the weather today - ucky sinus mess - so i can't stay but wanted to say hello and hope to see you again soon over here!

Coelha :B said...

Beautiful pictures... :)

Donn said...

The Dinosaurs, lucky bastards, witnessed the most spectacular celestial show in Earth's history which unfortunately altered the course of Evolution by kick-starting a massive Extinction Level Event which "miraculously" gave rise to the mammals.

So in honour of Woodstock let us sing
We are stardust,
we are golden,
We are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Herrad said...

Hi,
Came by to say hello and wish you well.
Hope you are having a good day.
Love,
Herrad

GYPSYWOMAN said...

have a great weekend - jenean

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I look forward to the best meteor show every year! -Jayne

Ana said...

"The Dinosaurs, lucky bastards, witnessed the most spectacular celestial show in Earth's history..."

I loved this Donn!
lol

Hi Cathy!
I stopped bloging this month so just today I came here.
Amazing photos and I'm starting to wish I was a dinosaur... lol
Love,
Ana

Lori said...

Hi Cathy! How are you doing? These are really great pictures. Hope you are having a good summer.

HERCULES HUNT BLOG said...

Hi Cathy! I've been meaning for too long to post on your blog. Want to say how marvelous it is to see you blogging about the universe and so much more. Very interesting indeed! Your wonderful heart and soul and outlook inspire many people, so be proud of the awesome work you do :) And thank you so much for always checking out my blog. I'll try harder to come by more often...have a great week and I hope all is going well with you :)
Hugs,
HH

HERCULES HUNT BLOG said...

Cathy, I forgot to say that your blog looks wonderful. The images are also very interesting and provoke thoughts of wonder...keep up the great work :)

Senorita said...

Hi Cathy,

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

You are right, at least the guy was being honest about his looks.

I hope I didn't offend you with the post. I got that picture off a personals site, and only critique personals ads that I think are sooooo out there.

I would not ever critique the picture of a blogger, so I wouldn't "stop by your window." Besides, I think you are pretty.

Senorita said...

Hi Cathy,

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

You are right, at least the guy was being honest about his looks.

I hope I didn't offend you with the post. I got that picture off a personals site, and only critique personals ads that I think are sooooo out there.

I would not ever critique the picture of a blogger, so I wouldn't "stop by your window." Besides, I think you are pretty.

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