Monday, October 20, 2014

Keep Looking Up!

Just a quick note to encourage everyone to view the night skies this week.

Tomorrow morning (just before dawn) is the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower, which presents a light show based on the earth passing through the remnant leftovers of Haley's Comet.  Like an automobile passing through a cloud of insects, our "windshield" of the earth's atmosphere gets hit the most when it is moving directly through the objects.  This occurs just before sunrise, as we turn toward the same direction as the planet is moving in orbit.  If that doesn't make sense, check out the NASA website for more information.

Also this week, on Thursday afternoon, the new moon will partially eclipse the sun, right around sunset.  While you should NEVER look directly at the sun, you should be able to observe some funky shadows, or even create a pinhole viewer that will allow you to safely watch the sun turn into a crescent shape, as the moon takes a "bite" out of its spherical shape.

As Interpreters, we have so many stages to choose from, and some of those occur when our planet is facing away from the sun.  While a frightening time for many, night affords so much more than the mythology of ghosts and spirits.  Reality is much cooler!!

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