Laura did a great post about shooting stars.
It was in response to a Saturday Stream of Consciousness prompt.
It got me thinking about the night sky and meteors.
Everyday over a 100 tons of space particles reach our atmosphere. Up to about 80,000 meteorites fall to the surface of the earth each year. Rarer are the larger space rocks which cause the awesome fireballs. Theoretically on a perfect night you should be able to see maybe 5 shooting stars per hour. But often they feel like they are so rare. They seem rarer than a change in our son’s school meal regime. Stays the same. Everyday it’s just flapjacks. I estimate so far this school year he’s had something like 275 of them. Yesterday we had a school fireball. A rare meal change. Yesterday lunch comprised 6 cheese hash browns and a flapjack.
About three times a year we go outside to view a meteor shower. Being Yorkshire we go out with about 20 layers on and lots of hot drinks. The record was 108 shooting stars in one night for us. Some nights are memorable for other reasons. We were sat on the grass in the pitch black. I reached down for my steaming coffee. The cup seemed strangely cold and slimy to my lips . Effectively kissing a slug is not a great feel. Not seen a Barista come up with that one yet….
Thanks to Laura we are off out tonight to have a slug free shooting star hunt.