Monday, December 14, 2009

Shooting Stars

We heard on the weather channel that the next couple of days would be a good time to see meteorite displays at night. So we drove out onto the desert away from the lights of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Corrales. We weren't disappointed. We saw about 24 of the 'shooting stars' that we would see well enough to say we actually saw them. There were lots of times we thought we might have seen one but it was gone so fast we wondered if our eyes were playing tricks on us after looking up at the sky so long.
We have always liked to go out and look at the stars. Growing up with Star Trek may have contributed to this interest. We got to see Halley's Comet back in the 80's and even better the Hail-Bop Comet in the 90's. Halley's was a disappointment as it couldn't be seen that well here. But Hail-Bop was better as we could see it and it was so new and unexpected.
Guess we have been really lucky to see both of them in our lifetime.

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