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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Poetry Friday--Celestial Show

For information on what to look for in the sky each week, head over to Astronomy Magazine and look for their feature, "The Sky this Week." This week's events can be found here.

The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking overnight next Tuesday/Wednesday. If you happen to head north of us, to a place where there is little light pollution from these more heavily populated areas, you should be able to enjoy the celestial show.

NASA has a brief, but informative video on the Perseid meteor showers and the upcoming "supermoon."

We might as well read a celestial poem today, don't you think? Here's one from a book by Douglas Florian called Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings [J 811.54 FLO]:

On a clear night you might try
To gaze upon the starry sky.
A telescope or binoculars are
Great aids to observe a star.
To find your way it's good to sight
Upon a star that's very bright,
Like Sirius or Canopus,
Alpha Centauri or Arcturus.
You may see a planet or
A flash of light from a meteor.
Use a constellation chart
To help you tell the stars apart.
Start out when the day is done.
Most of all: Have lots of fun!

Now visit the heavenly Mary Lee at A Year of Reading, for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.


  1. Great video! Very informative. And perfect pairing with the Florian poem!!

    1. I like the NASA videos. They're always just right in the amount and depth of information presented.

  2. Great connections today! Thanks.


    1. Thanks, Donna! Keep watching the sky!

  3. Looking forward to all of this. Btw, Diane, the link for the week's events wasn't working.

    1. Thanks, Monica, I fixed it.

  4. Well, if I don't see Swift-Tuttle's fireballs, I am enjoying that marvelous moon! Last night they held an August Moon Dance outdoors on an island in Maine. We saw the poster on our day travels. Thanks for reminding me of the Perseids. Grandkids are coming!

  5. Married to an astronomer, I'm lucky to have my own personal tour guide.