I only saw half a dozen or so, and they appeared as sparks in the sky against the backdrop of Orion’s Belt. I had two little obstacles that prevented me from viewing them any longer than the hour or so I was transfixed with the heavens. OK, make that four obstacles.
Obstacle Number One: The Moon
I love the Moon, and to class it as an obstacle is absolutely terrible. The Moon was shining down the silvery reflection from the Sun, but in doing so was preventing the Geminids from appearing as vibrantly as I thought they would. The Moon was slowly gliding toward the horizon, and as she drifted away, the darkness of the sky became more apparent, and with that the stars became brighter. And so did the ‘sparks’.
Obstacle Number Two: My window, my angle and my radiator
In order for me to have a clear view of the night sky, I had to lean out of my window. Well, I could have gone outside, but I didn’t really want to do that as it was rather cold. Luckily, my radiator is just beneath my window, so, as the window was open and the cool air was entering my room, the radiator was automatically compensating for the cold by increasing it’s temperature to counter-match it. This meant that in order for me to reach out of the window, I had to lean over the radiator so the heat from it didn’t touch me. I’m not much of a contortionist, so just imagine me leaning back and over, and forwards at the same time, whilst looking up. Somehow I managed it!
Obstacle Number Three: Clouds
Shortly after midnight, and as the Moon was very low in the sky, clouds blew in, and slowly covered the clear sky. Although I could see a few stars through the breaks in the cloud, there was too much cloud to be able to clearly see any shooting stars. So, when the clouds appeared my skywatching and amateur contortionism had to come to an end.
Obstacle Number Four: Sleep
I needed to go to sleep, as is usually the case at night. I did wake up at about 1.30am, and looked out of the window again, but the clouds were still there, so I settled down, and requested that the universe show me a message from the stars through my dreams.
And dream I did! Really weird, but strangely vivid in parts, and utterly mixed up in others! The vivid parts included people I have met in the past and actors and actresses from the TV, and we were all in places I have visited at some time. The feeling from the dream was nice and warm, but the mood seemed to change just before I woke up. My alarm went off at 6am, but in my dream I was being awoken by two red diamonds. Have you ever been woken up by a diamond? Told you it was weird. But look at the link… I had TV stars in my dream! Not quite the stars I asked for when going to sleep, but I can’t complain. I can’t remember the message though, I think maybe it was too subtle to be included with all of the confusion. Unless the message was just that – inside the confusion is the message! I’ll leave that one for another day!
So, I got to see my Geminids. I wasn’t disappointed. I was taken by surprise by the first one – it was completely different to the one that I saw a few months ago. Like I said, these yesterday appeared as sparks shooting across the sky, whereas the previous one was a moving star. So, that is another experience for me! I love experiencing new things… they make me feel good!