I have always had a fascination with staring at the night sky. Although my fascination is not one that keeps me outside for hours on my roof, star gazing or buying telescopes or what not, I loved the idea that here are millions of lights illuminating the earth from immeasurable distances.
So many things we don't realize are occurring in our skies, it's insane. I love seeing shooting stars, because not only do I believe in the (unscientific) wishing of them, i also think that the are times where you are a sole witness to a star falling off the black abyss before you is something so sacred and amazing.
I remember when I was in sixth grade, what a huge deal the appearance of Halley's Comet was for everyone. Some even took it as far as to define it as a sign that a UFO was coming to save them.... Can you believe that?
Anyway, so astronomy is pretty cool, and it's just so paralyzing to think of all that we have on this earth to learn about, and then realize that there a millions upon millions of other planets just like us in other galaxies that share the same attributes as ours. Crazy!
One thing I've never seen though I always say I will are Meteor Showers. I swear that ever time one's coming up i tell myself that this time I will either A. set an alarm for four a.m. to wake up and look out my window, or B. stay up all night until i see the meteor shower.
Needless to say, I've always fallen asleep a few minutes into the wait to see this wonder of the skies.
The next one is April 21st--so mark your calendars! I'm going to stock up on Red Bull or coffee or something, so I can stay up and finally see a meteor shower.
In the meantime check out this site, Star Date Online
, which gives you some fun facts and good tips for geting ready for meteor shower viewing.
Cool thing is that if you're in an area with little light pollution like Transmountain Rd. in the Northeast or out in Red Sands on the eastside of El Paso, you really won't need a telescope or binoculars. Regardless of where you are, you'll still be able to see the spectacular view in the city. Keep an eye out.