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Perseid Meteor Shower 2011 Peaks Tonight!

August 12, 2011

Friday August 12, 2011
Ventura, CA 3:15am

When I climbed into bed tonight
at 1am with the waxing moon
the stars sparkled in the clear sky
and I wondered if I gazed out the window
with my glasses on whether I’d see
any of the Perseid meteors fly by.
But now a few hours later it’s just fog
fog and more fog covering the sky.

My Native American heritage
tells me the stars are our ancestors
shining on us reassuring us
guiding us reminding us
of our past our present our future.
My mom was born in 1937
on this day August 12. She died last year
July 30 days before her birthday.

Hey fog would you give me a break?
2010 was a tough year and I’m still
getting over it. I could really use
some clear skies and to feel the stars
shining on me.

Tonight the bright moon will dim some of the meteors in tonight’s Perseid shower which peaks early Saturday morning but it is still worthwhile going out to see, especially if you are an early morning person and you can look before dawn and after the full moon has set. The shower lasts for several weeks so you might see some before the moon rises in the coming days as the moon wanes.

We might even see some meteors during the new moon out at Burning Man! So folks while you’re waiting for the gates to open Sunday night, peek out your window and make a wish on shooting stars!

Photo of a shooting star by Alan Sailer; this image graces the cover of my book  Middle of the Night Poems from Daughter to Mother :: Mother to Son, now available from en theos press in print or ebook.

Here’s a link to the poem I wrote about the shooting stars I observed last year in the High Sierra on the night of my mother’s birthday.

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