Star Party tonight!

Perseids, Huntsville, Alabama 2011
Credit: NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environment Office

One of the good things about living in the country or on a farm is the natural beauty all around you.  One of the best parts of that is the night sky.  Away from the city and light pollution, street lights, traffic, etc., the night sky is simply amazing.

I am not much of an astronomer, but my husband enjoys star gazing, and bought himself a small telescope a few years ago to use in the back forty.  Tonight, we’re bringing it out, along with some blankets, some hot chocolate and reclining lawn chairs, because we’ve invited all our friends to our Annual Star Party!   The favourite place to watch from is the trampoline – because it’s so awesome to lie back on it with a blanket and just watch the sky – everyone else will be on hard ground or in deck chairs, not nearly so comfortable.

We hold it this time of year because of the Perseid meteor shower , which is very dramatic and also great for amateurs like me because they are likely to see something before they give up after five minutes.  It’s a little weird, holding a party that starts at 10pm, but really, there’s not much point starting a star gazing party much before it gets dark, is there?   The telescope and binoculars will be out for those who want to check out some of the planets that are also visible right now, but the real event will be the meteor shower, which can be seen throughout much of North America right now.  One year when we watched, I saw something like 50 in 30 minutes.  Think shooting stars, one after another, all heading in the same direction across the sky.

It’s fantastic weather for the star party – clear skies, no haze, it should be great.

Check out this link for more info about the meteor shower.


2 thoughts on “Star Party tonight!

  1. What a great idea! Phil and I were just talking last night about taking the kids to the Centre of the Universe… the summer sky has so much to offer!

    • There are some planets visible right now I think. The Centre is pretty cool…but the telescope…that’s the exciting part! I’ve been going up there for more than 30 years, and I’m not completely over how big it is.

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