Sunday, September 20, 2015

Summer Meteor Showers

During the meteor showers this past summer, my partner Stan* invited me join him in our backyard to watch the meteor showers. Stan likes to lay on the cool grass, but I like to wrap myself up in a quilt, which I keep specifically for outside uses, such as star-gazing.

It didn't take very long to glimpse what appeared like a spark almost directly above us. We simultaneously yelled and pointed, "There!"

Stan figured, "What we saw would be the result of a meteor falling directly toward earth. That's why we couldn't see a tail."

A few minutes later we saw another meteor streak with a short tail in the sky — just for a second — then it was gone.

We have a phone line coming into our house through the back yard. I watched three stars — which kind of lined up with the wire — twinkling almost directly overhead. Through the course of our viewing time, which might have been about a half hour, I observed the middle star move from it's original spot along the wire, in a gradual kind of way. The movement might have gone unnoticed, if it weren't for the wire as my marker. I concentrated on the lineup of stars and began to notice that the middle star in the group was moving ever so slightly away from the wire. By the end of our viewing time it had moved enough toward the east, resulting in the three stars creating the shape of a triangle.

Some might say we witnessed a spaceship. The moving light reminded me of a time in 2003. I witnessed what could have been spaceships when I temporarily lived with my friend Lillia, while in transition before moving to British Columbia. My friend woke me up one dark, wintry night to proclaim, "These bright lights outside in the sky woke me up. Come quick and look outside my window. I hope they're still there!"

Groggy, I wiped the sleep from my eyes, grabbed my bathrobe, and followed her into the next bedroom to see what I was supposed to see.

She led me to the window and pointed, "There! To the east! "See those two bright lights in the sky, above the neighboring apartments!"

Indeed, two bright stationary lights appeared in the eastern sky. They were way too big and bright for stars. In fact, they were so bright, they looked like floodlights in the night sky. Suddenly, we observed some movement between the two lights. We witnessed what could only be explained as "people-like" walk across the space between the two bright lights, as if being transported from one ship to the second one.

"Do you think they're spaceships?" she queried.

"I didn't know spaceships existed — that is, until now," I responded, now wide-eyed. We stared transfixed at the unusual sight for about ten minutes, amazed at what we were observing.

Now, star-watching on our back lawn, my partner began to feel damp. I offered to share my quilt. But then we noticed the sky was gradually becoming overcast, so we decided to call it an evening and go inside.

Stan and I are convinced that star-gazing is way better than TV or internet!

Please feel free to comment below because I'd love to hear about your starry adventures under the night sky.

* Not his real name. He is privacy-conscious.

Photo is courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Visit "Phoenix of Faith" to learn more about the author's memoir.


  1. Certainly does pay to look skyward!

  2. For sure, looking skyward makes life more interesting! Thank you for your comment, Anonymous.