Do You Garden By Night Sky?

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.

Aurora Dragon

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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Is Your Sky Like This?

When I was younger, growing up in Wisconsin was a fun time. One of our favorite things to do was to go out to the pig house and watch the night sky.

The pig house was simply a small structure where the pigs went for shade. There were holes for windows and a door, but no glass or wood blocking them. When we were tall enough (For me that was a big deal. My father loved to quote the Jetsons dog “rook at da rimp” when picking on me – shortest of all, and still am.), we couldn’t wait to climb up on top of the shack, lay back, and watch the sunset, until the stars come out. It was perfect!

We could see the Northern Lights when they were out. Excellent place to view several fireworks shows at one time. Great for sneaking a peek at wildlife wandering through our fields (we had a river and a pond, so everyone came for drinks).

Well, I just received an email from one of my fav sites: Earthsky.com. This time in their list of articles is one titled: How to see the legendary green flash. Green flash? I have heard of the Green Hornet, and Green Lantern but just who is the Green Flash? Oh, silly me, it’s not a person but an occurrence.

green flash in the sky

Apparently some places are going to be lucky enough tonight (5/16/16) to see this wondrous thing. I know for a fact that we won’t, as there is nothing but clouds, rain and cool temps for the next 2 to 3 days (boo hoo!).  Oh, and then there is the mountains.  So, to those of you that are lucky – I hope you will share any photos or videos of this that you might get?!

I love watching the stars at night, clouds passing on a warm summer day, and most anything that has to do with looking up. (Yes, I still find shapes in the stars too! Teaching my grandson how to enjoy them this way.) Think this is an excellent way to view life – looking up.

cloud pics - frong

Do you see the frog?

 
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