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Showers from Space


Written by Plant With Purpose on August 13, 2009 in General

by Kate McElhinney
If you logged on to Google yesterday, you may have noticed the spiffy artwork surrounding the logo. Always curious, I clicked on the letters and learned that there would be meteor showers this week.

So, last night I hunkered down in my backyard and stared up at the sky. Believe it or not, I’ve never actually seen a shooting star. During all my camping trips I’ve scoured the sky in search of a rouge streak of light, but have had no luck. Therefore I was more determined than ever to see the “Perseids”, as National Geographic called them.

Unfortunately, despite Google’s promise, last night wasn’t any different. Maybe I didn’t see a meteor shower because of the street lights surrounding my house? Or maybe my vision is becoming impaired from staring at a computer screen all day? In any event, it was a nice excuse to disconnect from daily life and sit back and feel insignificant for awhile. It’s comforting to know that there is still a bit of spectacular natural wonder out there.


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