reply to post by Bunch
I can't really recall when I saw my first shooting star (meteor). I do know, however, that I was just a small kid then. My brother, who was five
years older, was an amateur astronomer. He had his telescope and his sky charts and a love for all things space. Keep in mind that this all
transpired during the early sixties -- at the height of the space race. Space was on our minds.
I was about nine when, one hot ""dog day
afternoon" in August , my brother (he
was about 15] made me help him set up a tent in the backyard. In those days, tents weren't as user friendly
as they are today. They weren't
free-standing affairs with fiberglass rods and elastic shock-cords. Frankly, they were a real pain to set up. I was enlisted into this task with the
promise that we could "stay up all night". He assured me that "Mom would go for it" because he had convinced her that it was all in the name of
science. He had told her about his fervent interest
in the Perseid Meteor Shower
My Mom was a sucker
for anything that we wanted to do if it was "educational"
. Now that I'm parent myself, I realize that "Mom"
knew perfectly well that our evening would consist of roaming the neighborhood, raiding the neighbors raspberry patch
and, perhaps listen to
CKLW-AM -- "The Big 8"
all night long. But "Mom" also knew that the possibility existed that
we both might actually spend some time looking up. She knew that we would spend time contemplating the vastness of the universe. We would talk about
Man going to the Moon and the planets. She knew that our minds might awaken that night...we might also see a "shooting star"!
That night, my brother and I did
roam the neighbor. We did
raid our neighbors' raspberry patch. And we did
listen to the radio
all night long. But "Mom was right". Me and my brother did
spend the wee hours of the morning lying on the ground looking up at the sky
watching shooting stars. That night those 'bright streaks in the sky' illuminated our imaginations. Ever since, I have had a keen interest in
space, astronomy and, of course, meteor showers.
Yes, it is exciting to see a shooting star. I can share your sentiment at being thrilled as witnessing this astronomical treat. A few more and you
might become as "hooked" as I have become.
[edit on 12/15/2007 by benevolent tyrant]