Posted by: justj | August 12, 2010

And the fog rolled in…

Tonight/this morning I was ready to sit in my lawn chair and look for shooting stars. The Perseid meteor shower was to hit its maximum two days. The sky promised to be clear. The mosquitoes did not promise to stay away, but I have my bug suit. 😉 So, I drove the truck out into the field, had my chair sitting in the bed, and I watched the night sky.

I saw a couple of shooting stars, but no storm/shower. Kind of a sprinkle. I had a grand view of the summers stars. The sky was dark enough to see the Milky Way. For an hour I enjoyed kicking back and just watching the sky turn.

Then I noticed some of the horizon stars were not as bright as they had been. Passing clouds I thought, not a big deal. Then I noticed more and more of the stars were just that much harder to see. Dang too many clouds except I stood up and the sky was clear once again. The cloud had formed much lower as fog around my truck. I stood for a while in hopes to see one or two more meteors, but within 15 minutes the fog was at my head. No more star gazing.

I should have guessed with the heavy rain this afternoon, and the warm temperatures today that fog would form easily. I just wish it would have held out for an hour or two. I’m sure I could drive one way or another to get out of my little fog bank, but the bed and work are calling me. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

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I forgot to look until it was time for bed, so I sneaked a peak out the window, but of course that didn’t afford me any meteor sightings. Hopefully tonight I will remember, although N / NE of my house where you told me to look has a big tree AND a bright orange street light. We’ll see what happens. Good luck to you, and thanks for the advice!

I hate to dampen spirits so I won’t.

Yea, good luck trying to see it tonight. I wanted to stay up and try to watch but, getting up at 5 AM is hard enough after going to bed at 10.

Ah, astronomy. I took that class some years ago but the interest never took hold in me.

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