‘Boulder County sky-gazers primed for Perseid spectacular’

RESPECT YOURSELF, RESPECT OTHERS, RESPECT THE COMMUNITY

By Max R. Weller

In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside north of

In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside north of Cheyenne, Wyo., during a Perseid meteor shower. On Thursday night and into early Friday morning, the Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors. Scientists call this an outburst, and they say it could reach up to 200 meteors per hour. (Blaine McCartney / The Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Read the article in the Boulder Daily Camera. Excerpt copied below:

There may be plenty of sleepy faces around town Friday, with an unusually spectacular edition of the annual Perseid meteor shower forecast for that morning’s wee hours.

Astronomers believe the Earth’s annual August trip through the meteor trail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle this year could yield double the usual number of meteor sightings — perhaps up to 200 per hour at its peak.

That will come, on Colorado’s Front Range, between midnight and 4 a.m. Friday. Sky-gazers will be best rewarded by heading away from city lights and seeking out dark environments such as the Pawnee National Grassland on the plains or vantage points along the Peak to Peak Highway in western Boulder County.

This makes me nostalgic for my outdoor life as a homeless camper in the City of Boulder and its environs. Away from other humans — with only the wild critters like mule deer, owls, foxes, skunks, coyotes, and others nearby — I’d often lie back on my sleeping bag and watch the night sky. I saw hundreds of meteors over the years!

Now, as a resident of Boulder Manor Progressive Care Center, I’m thrilled and grateful just to hear an owl hooting outside my open window at night.

Considering it all, I packed more outdoor living into a few years than most folks are able to do in a lifetime. And I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

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