Computer issues have prompted my absence from LJ for several days, and I'm sorry I've missed commenting and posting for so long. Spent most of yesterday hanging with a long system backup, OS upgrade, and futile attempts to find and upload a Safari upgrade. Grrrrr.
But this early morning is magnificent from my back deck and I will not allow Tech to ruin my pleasure in the beauty overhead and the mild weather. Moon is the barest curve of silver luminescence, playing hide and seek behind a neighbor's tree. Orion and his Gemini friends are bold (to borrow puddleshark
's term) near the southern horizon. This morning I learned the name of one very bright star I've often noticed and wondered about. Below Orion, part of the ((correcting thanks to puddleshark
's gentle accuracy)) Canis Major constellation (not that I can make out Orion's dogs per se) is Sirius. Bright and beautiful. ((Think I have it right now. :~} ))
I learned this from the Orionids article and star map to be found at the first link below. Tomorrow's early morning is the best time to watch for the Orionid meteor shower. I didn't mange to see any shooting stars during the few minutes I watched this morning, but hope to be out on the folding chaise under a blanket earlier tomorrow morning watching at least some of the 20 meteors per hour that supposedly shoot through on average. The article suggests a couple of hours before sunrise for watching, which isn't horribly near the middle of the night. Although I doubt I'll be able to convince MyJeff, the night owl, to crawl out of bed for a back yard star adventure with me at 4:30 or 5 in the morning. I've also included the URL for Weather Underground which gives local info including sun and moon rise and set, when you find your local weather station.http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/17oct_orionids/ http://www.wunderground.com
Just to check it out, I hopped on over to the Heathrow Airport weather station in venerable London, UK. Looks like our temperatures will be similar, but London will--sadly--be cloudy and rainy. I hope my English and other European friends will have better sky viewing in the morning than Londoners will.
Good luck to any who choose to brave the predawn hours to watch for Orionid shooting stars.