I love the big sky in El Paso and when I heard about the Perseids meteor shower, I knew what I would be doing at 11 p.m. No, I don’t have a telescope or binoculars…yet…but that didn’t stop me. Although there was light pollution, I was able to adjust pretty well after a few minutes outside. I started looking around the sky hoping to catch a few meteors.
After a few minutes of scanning, I decided to focus on one spot. About a minute later, I saw the first one streak by in the night sky. The feeling of excitement overwhelmed me as I watched this celestial body fly across the sky towards a destination unknown. About 30 seconds after the first one, I saw another one streak with a much more pronounced orange color and it was beautiful.
Next time your Time Warner goes out at night, go outside and take in the inspiring El Paso night sky…you never know what you might see.
If anyone is interested, there is the Texas Star Party which takes place at a ranch near Ft. Davis where stargazers from around the world come to look into the heavens. Here is a video from this past April and click here for a 2009 meteor shower guide.
Here is a link that forecasts if skies will be ripe for stargazing: http://cleardarksky.com/c/ElPTXkey.html?1
My name is David and I am living El Paso.