by Lorna Dune
Watching a meteor shower, taught me the magic of the night sky.
|In Corning, California, the night sky was BLACK, and the stars were bright and alluring. As a child, I took every opportunity to enjoy the night sky while listening to the crickets and the owls at night. My dad knew more than most, about astronomy , and loved to teach what he knew.
One night while he was driving, I was looking up at the night sky as I laid on my back, (before seat belts). The sky filled with falling stars. Now, I know that this must have been the night of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The stars seemed to be raining down on us. The car going around the country curved roads, and the magic of the active sky surrounding us, gave me an experience that I have never forgotten.
A few years later, my family went to Los Angeles. I was upset to see that all the stars had fallen down on earth, and the night sky was starless. Everything seemed upside down to me. It was as if I had stepped into a world which didn't know that it was out of step with nature. I'll never forget that parallel universe feeling.
The night sky continues to be a great joy to me, as I continue to learn more and more.
When teaching about the night sky, I always hold that fascination. I believe the listeners catch the magic.