Digging around on the internet I found something wonderfully unusual. It is called a Dragon Aurora. The full article is here:
A ‘Dragon Aurora’ Appeared in the Sky Over Iceland, and NASA Is a Little Confused
By Brandon Specktor at Skywatching
It is a great article, but I absolutely love the pictures. If you love to garden and be outside as much as I do, then you must also be a sky-watcher. Not a day goes by that I am not watching what is going on up there. Clear days, cloudy days, stormy days, it doesn’t matter. I love to see what’s going on.
If you have not tried it, I strongly urge you to give it a shot. I began with daytime sky watching which led me to nighttime sky watching. Now that is some real fun. It started because I was so wrapped up in cleaning out plots and ripping out weeds, I forgot to see that the sun was going down. Day turned to dusk, and dusk turned into night – but – we had a large farmyard light so I could still see what I was doing.
During my digging and ripping process, I took a break and got my water bottle for a drink. Tipping my head back was the first time I stopped to look up at the night sky. I spotted the Big Dipper. Then the Little Dipper. Next thing I saw was just how huge the night sky is and all the stars it carries. I got really lucky after that and caught a falling star (shooting star – take your pick on the name). Now I prep every time the news reports of a pending meteor shower. I will get up at whatever time of night I need to view it.
I have noticed that in the southeastern sky there are three stars. During different times of the year, the three stars will align. It still makes me smile when I see it because it reminds me of the Disney cartoon movie –Hercules when the Fates (witches with the power of telling future and ending lives) do their rhyme.
We like to have the firepit going a couple of times a year. We also try to plan those excursions on clear sky nights. Our firepit is positioned so that the off-ramp highway lights and our yard light are not near it. This way, we can get the warm, relaxing feeling of the firepit (like a faraway camp out), but still, have the opportunity to view all the night sky has to offer.
I am sharing this with you at this time of year mainly because the Dragon Aurora just happened, but also in the hope that you will give night sky watching this summer – maybe when you are gardening?
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