Twinkle twinkle little star—or as I learned while watching the latest meteor shower…turbulence, turbulence little star…
No matter how you sing it, when stars twinkle, it’s nice. But when Earth passes through debris and then you can watch them shoot across the sky, it’s incredible.
The Geminid Meteor Shower was on Thursday and Friday night and if you didn’t look up those nights, you absolutely missed out. With a new moon, a clear sky (in Maine), and 100 visible meteors per hour, my friend and I counted roughly 75 meteors as we watched the night sky beside Lake Auburn. Even with a ton of light coming off the lake, it was hands down the best shower I’ve ever witnessed.
We were planning on heading outside around midnight on Friday morning but people on Twitter and Facebook started freaking out over the shooting stars they’ve already seen around 9pm. So around 10pm we headed outside with a sleeping bag, Crazy Creek, camera and two hot chocolates in tow.
We immediately set up a camera and snapped some photos.
Although we took a bunch of great photos, they don’t quite give the shower justice. Why? Well, we never got a photo of the shooting star that started behind us and left a trail all the way to the horizon line in front of us. We also didn’t snap a photo of the time I saw 3 at once. I won’t ever need photos to remember what I saw that night, but here’s a few to share with everyone else.
Did you see the meteor shower? Where were you and how was it!?