Lessons from the June Lyrids

I was disappointed by the weather early this week. Oh, I don’t say it lightly–Lord knows I love thunderstorms!–but I knew that the storm clouds would prevent me from seeing the June Lyrids, which I’ve been looking forward to for some time now. Last night, however, the sky was cloudless, so I spread a blanket onto the back deck, laid upon it, and enjoyed the show. I have to say, it was a great experience!

I’ve read that showers can produce a variety of meteors, but until last night, I had only ever seen the kind of meteors that shoot across the sky (a classic shooting star, I suppose), and the slow, dim fellows that just mosey through the sky. Last night, I saw one that left a trail of dust, and one that fit the “flaming” description. It was absolutely breathtaking.

Anyway, I won’t bore you with trying to describe any more of the shower, but when I finally came inside at about 3a.m., I sat down and wrote the following in my journal. I thought I would share it with you all.

Life Lessons from the June Lyrids

  1. You don’t always have to know where to look; you just have to open your eyes.
  2. Even someone who is unconcerned and undesiring may, once in awhile, catch a glimpse of a shooting star.
  3. If you stare at one spot for too long, you’ll miss the show.
  4. Sometimes the best choice is to lay your head upon the grass and just wait.
  5. Enjoy the view, even if it blows your mind.
  6. If you really want to see the show, you’re gonna have to turn off the distracting lights.
  7. Give your eyes time to adjust before you give up.
  8. Wear bug dope.
  9. Don’t compare the shooting stars; appreciate each one for what it is.
  10. Forget the meteor shower for just one moment. Take in the beauty of the night sky. She is something fierce to behold.
  11. The show is worth the wait. Don’t be so disappointed with what you’ve missed that you can’t enjoy what’s before you.
  12. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

That’s it. What do you think? Did you catch any of the shower this week? What goes through your mind when you see a shooting star?

Pax Domini!

Semmie

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4 thoughts on “Lessons from the June Lyrids

  1. Hi Sarah,

    If you were up at 3:00 a.m., you may have observed a comet. This rather lengthy URL is what I copied and pasted out of the browser window. If it doesn’t work, you could google “McNaught Comet”. here is part of the write up on it: “The comet will be near the star Mirfak on June 13-14, when it’s expected to be brighter than now. Sliding lower each morning, it’ll be near the bright star Capella June 21-22.”
    But don’t expect me to stay up and watch it. I need my beauty sleep- very badly!

    Shalom!

    http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imagedisplay/img_display.php?pic=comet-mcnaught-map-1006-02.jpg&cap=Comet+McNaught+%28C%2F2009+R1%29+is+now+just+barely+visible+to+the+naked+eye+in+the+predawn%2C+northeastern+sky+from+the+Northern+Hemisphere.+This+map+shows+the+sky+as+of+June+9%2C+just+before+daybreak.+The+comet+will+be+near+the+star+Mirfak+on+June+13-14%2C+when+it%92s+expected+to+be+brighter+than+now.+Sliding+lower+each+morning%2C+it%92ll+be+near+the+bright+star+Capella+June+21-22.+%3Ca+href%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.space.com%2Fspacewatch%2Fnew-comet-mcnaught-visible-100608.html%3EFull+Story%3C%2Fa%3E.+Credit%3A+SPACE.com%2FStarry+Night

  2. Wow! That’s awesome, Steve. I am going to look for it tonight/tomorrow morning. I’m pretty sure it was not what I saw last night, though. The fireball I saw was not close to Perseus at all; it was near Bootes. Thanks for this link. I can’t wait to watch tonight to see if I can spot the comet. :) !!!! I’ll let you know!

    Now…let’s see if I can find some binoculars…

    Ooooh, I’m so excited. :)

  3. I LOVE your #3. I tend to be wired to “hyperfocus” on things and I know I miss a lot going on around me when I do that. #3 is a great reminder for me the next time I stargaze…or do anything else I have allowed to completely absorb my attention.

    • Hi Spiny. :) I’m glad you found something on the list to relate to. Obviously, all of them relate to me, but…#10 was the big one for me, I think. I tend to look for something marvelous and spectacular all of the time, and I miss the wonder of those things I see every day (or night, in this case). I really am thankful to live out of the city where I can stargaze! It is teaching me a lot about life.

      Thanks for finding my blog. :) Pax!

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