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Seeing stars

December 12, 2006|by KYLE LEFLER

When my dad woke me up in the dead of the night to see the meteor shower, I thought, "What's so special about these things that I have to get up at 3 in the morning?"

My family and I bundled up in our coats and gloves to lie outside in our sleeping bags and watch the sky fall. I was about 8 at the time and had never seen a meteor shower, so I did not know what to expect.

The sky was clear as glass, so we could see everything perfectly. I waited for a while before finally seeing movement. Above me, I saw streams of light that sailed across the sky and then vanished as quickly as they appeared.

The meteors fell all around us, seeming as though they would fall right to Earth if they could. In the darkness, we also saw shooting stars trailing among the meteors.

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The night sky is always a marvel, yet the shower made it so much more fantastic. Since that time, I have had greater interest in watching the moon, stars and the occasional planet make their way above my head. It is amazing to see something like that, as it reminds us of how incredibly small we are.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Geminids on Thursday. Hopefully, I'll be able to drag myself out of bed to see them in all their glory.

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