The Friday Five

November 22, 2019 in

Holler for the Friday, mes amies!
Is it just me, or has this week been exceptionally long?

When I saw on Live Journal what today's Friday Five was focused around, I knew that I had to take part. I LOVE the night sky. I love looking up at the stars, and have spent countless hours doing exactly that.

With no further adu, here is this week's Friday Five.

  1. What is your fondest memory of something related to the stars or space?
When I was a little girl my father would wrap me up in blankets and carry my outside to look at the night time sky. We'd spend hours out there. He'd teach me how to identify different constellations and show me how various stars could be used as guides. 
                                                              Source Yankee Magazin

2What is a celestial body that you find particularly interesting?

There are two, the Aurora Borealis and Halley's comet. When I was 16, I saw the aurora in Vermont in its full amazing glory. I was literally transfixed. It was as if these amazing curtains of color were blowing across the sky. I'm not going to post a photo, photos can do the aurora no justice.
 Halley's comet is the other. I think Hally's is so cool because even though its only seen once or twice in a lifetime, its the cause of the Orionid meteor showers, which happen each year. 
Think about it, the Orionid's were just visible the last week in October. Yet, Halley's comet is currently orbiting Neptune!
                                    Halley's comet seen on May 29, 1910  

3) When you look at the night sky, what thoughts cross your mind?

Absolute wonderment. I feel connected to every other creature past and present on this planet. Those are the same stars that every human before me saw and gazed at. Those are the same starts that someone in Norway is looking at. 
I remember one particular night. It was a few days before Chad was leaving Kansas City to come home for good. It was a full, super moon. He and I were on the phone looking at the moon at the same time, equally mesmerized by it. It didn't matter that at that point we were 1,400 miles apart. For that moment though, we were together because of the moon.

4)Have you ever seen anything weird or inexplicable up there?

Nah. While I don't think that we are alone in this universe, I've never seen anything inexplicable. 
One thing that has always stayed with me was Christmas Eve of 2010. It was bitterly cold. Earlier that day, it had snowed heavily. However, shortly before dark, the skies cleared. The night sky was already spectacular. I was driving home from Chad's mom's house. There wasn't another car on the road as far as I could see.
Suddenly, right in front of me was the most beautiful shooting star that I've ever seen. It illuminated the entire sky. Heaven was celebrating the birth of Christ.

5)Would you live in space or on another planet?
                                               Nope, Ernie from Sesame Street said it best , right here.


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