Friday, August 13, 2010

Wish Upon Many Stars

It's that time of the year when you can wish upon as many stars as you like. The time when natural fireworks would be on display. The Perseid shower! I learned that it would peak on the 12th & 13th of this month. So, we decided to watch it during the wee hours of the 13th.

Most of the time, stargazing goes hand in hand with camping. No, we didn't go camping outdoors. We did it indoors at our friend's house. sengihnampakgigi We roasted marshmallows & hot dogs in the fireplace. I finally had my first-ever s'mores.

We had so much fun making & eating it.

We headed out around midnight. Our friend suggested that Mt. Diablo would be a good place to watch the stars. Great elevation & no light pollution.

"Several colorful yarns describe how the mountain got its name. The most popular account supposedly arose from an 1806 expedition of Spanish soldiers from San Francisco Presidio who marched into the area to do battle with the local Indians. In the midst of the fighting, a shaman clad in striking plumage appeared on the mountain. The Spaniards were convinced they saw El Diablo—The Devil—and quickly retreated."-

We met fellow stargazers at the mountain & we had a quick look at the stars through their scope.

Oh well, that's all that I could capture. My camera didn't have the bells & whistles to photograph the night sky. Just use your imagination & picture a cloudless sky with a clear view of the milky way. I wasn't greatly disappointed because I have all the vivid pictures in my own memory drive, embedded in my mind. For those who haven't seen it, here's the link to National Geographic's Meteor Shower Photos.

We chose a spot & waited patiently. We got to see at least 30 stars for an hour & a half. Wish away! menari

(Many thanks to our friend, Gary who hosted the event.)

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  1. What a fantastic outing! Even without the s'mores, but they're definitely a plus -- particularly if it was your first time to taste them. Love your photos! Sounds like such a fun evening! Thanks for sharing with us! Hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks as always for your visit/comment! Always appreciated!


  2. It was fun watching the meteors. We took some photos and most likely it will be on my Skywatch post.

    Although we left the campground early that night, we had fun! Hmm those roasted marsmallows look yummy!

  3. Thanks a lot for passing by my travel blog and leaving your kind comment.
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  4. I tried to see them but couldn't this year! How wonderful that you did!

  5. this is what you were talking about. i was terribly clueless when it comes to astronomic events. it seems like your efforts paid off. will you do it again next year? is it a yearly occurrence?

  6. Sounds like a fun time and smores are delicious. We seem to miss the meteor showers around here it usually turns up cloudy on these special times. So you are lucky to see them.

  7. Very lovely outing. It is fun to watch the stars with friends.

  8. Thank you for sharing these photos

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  9. many sky-watchers here head out to the UP Observatory to watch the meteor shower. not sure if they did see it because we've been having rains and cloudy skies. aside from the meteor shower, i think it's the company of friends that makes this event a lot of fun.

  10. What a wonderful event! I haven't met anyone in my country yet, who has seen the Perseid Shower! It must have been a great spectacle!
    Thanks for your visit. I love the decorations on your blog!

  11. It looks like a fun night all together!
    Glad you finally had a s'more. :)
    Shalom to you

  12. What a wonderful evening with friends. I would have loved to see must have been spectacular!.

  13. We had this info about the meteor shower too. But I know spotted only one long meteor falling.

    You had fun, for sure. I enjoyed seeing these photos. Thank you

  14. Translating what we feel and see in nature is, indeed, challenging at times. The sky scene that showed up in your picture as specks was no doubt spectacular to view. Looks like you all had a great time from your special place in the universe!

  15. What a wonderful outing. You must have a lot of fun

  16. Looks like a lot of fun. My sister and her husband saw this once when they were driving through Mexico's desert. It sure is spectacular.

  17. Thanks for your visit! I think that you are very creative designing this blog yourself!

  18. What a lovely event and so much fun, from the roasting of the marshmallows to the spectacle in the sky. I enjoyed your post very much.

  19. Shey, so happy you caught the meteor shower--I was camping in the high country and, after a beautiful clear evening, it clouded over at sunset :-( I didn't have s'more fixins to console me, either!

  20. Sounds like a lot of fun. I went outside my house and saw several shooting stars, but didn't manage to capture any with my camera.


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