Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | August 12, 2009

The annual perseid meteor shower

So, in the next day or two, if you’re willing to stay up late, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the perseid meteor shower. I’ve seen them perhaps twice in my life, and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve also stayed up all night on occasion only to be disappointed by a cloudy sky or too bright a sky.

There is a magic to the heavens that fascinate us. A solar eclipse, a comet, a meteor shower. We become like little children oohing and aahing at the wonderful and spectacular show in the sky. It speaks to the wonders of the universe, the joy of being alive, of not being so jaded that even something like a cool meteor shower still turns us on. It speaks to the innocence of humanity, to the vulnerability of people, to the trust we have in the way of things.

So, if you don’t have to work tomorrow, stay up late, find a dark spot, and watch the show.

I remember taking a young woman out one night to see a meteor shower in winter. It was freezing cold and she brought a thermos of hot chocolate. I thought that if we were treated to a cosmic wonder show, it would be the most romantic moment to put my arms around her and kiss her. Well, we just froze to death, didn’t see a thing, and went home. I always wanted to draw a comic strip of me and her leaning on the car looking into the dark sky, disappointed and oblivious to the most incredible meteor shower taking place behind us.

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