Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thick Curtains.

Tonight I tried to look for shooting stars but unfortunately the sky was covered with such opaque cloud all I could see was the reflected haze of street lights - and underneath, this (taken earlier)...

So all I can do is imagine them sparking in the great velvet beyond. Maybe I'll have better luck tomorrow.


Blogger Al said...

It must be hard to get a dark enough sky to really see stars almost anywhere in England. How sad you must have been to not get a fix of starlight.

Wed Aug 12, 01:12:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes Al, huge amount of light pollution everywhere in the UK. It's really hard to find really dark sky. I just woke up thinking how strange it would be to be constantly covered in cloud, and to never see the moon, the stars or the sun. I wonder if it would make us less inquisitive and if we'd forget to reach out and explore.

Wed Aug 12, 07:01:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

I've been watching Mercury which is very bright in the Southern skies of late. I've been contemplating it for some months wondering what planet it was, remembering when Mars was in a similar position several years ago.

Today in The Age newspaper there was something about Mercury being in an orbit that renders it visible from Earth. So I assume the bright star I've been watching is Mercury.

As for the Perseids or Leonids, they're impossible to see in the city, though I'd love to see them.

Thu Aug 13, 05:20:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

I'll have to ask Hodmandod Senior about Mercury. He seems to know about these things. I looked again for falling stars last night but again we had cloud - a few gaps, and through them I could see planets. But no stars and no shooting stars. But I enjoyed lying there just looking.

Thu Aug 13, 08:20:00 am  

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