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How to catch a falling star

Updated on October 8, 2014

I caught a falling star

One summer day in August, I caught a falling star and put it in my heart.

Falling stars are wonderful to watch. You feel so tiny and aware of how tiny you are in the universe. These falling stars are so far away but still we see them over the tree tops and the roofs of the nearby houses. These Perseids meteors are so so precisely predicted so you can book your flight to The Canary Islands and be SURE you will see them. The air is unusually clear over these islands. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

This story is true and I hope you will come with me up on our roof to watch these falling stars with us.

We heard the news about the falling stars

We promised each other to do this each coming year from now on. On the exact date, late one evening in August, we took blankets, drinks and food with us to the roof terraces of our house. We had the beach chairs with us too, the ones you can fold so you lie down in them.

Even if we were an old couple, we giggled and hugged and smiled about this. It was almost surreal be laying there on top of the house covered in blankets holding hands. We we looking up in the clear sky looking for the falling stars that would come this specific night. We were told in advance about the date and had heard stories from others that assured us, that the falling stars would occur this very night August the 12th. We brought our binoculars too, to see more closely.

Many were in expectation

Many people were here on the beaches or mountain tops to see this phenomenon without the city lights disturbing the beauty. They came in caravans, trailors or just with a blanket or chair to see The Perseid meteor shower . They are meteors that can be seen as the Earth passes through rock and dust fragments left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

It took a while but they started to show up shortly after midnight. First there was a little one close to the house tops. But more and more they became. We could not count how many they were but the news papers said about 100 per hour! We were in awe. The beauty can only be understood when you have seen them. Any firework are minor and looks like nothing compare to these Perseids.

Awesome and reverent

One thing is the silence. No sound, nothing that warns you that there will be this bright shooting star in front of your wide opened eyes. They show up and disappear just as silent every time. We were also humbled when we knew how small we were there up on the roof. The Creator had a display of His greatness!

Little did we know that we were never again going to see this fantastic show together. A year later my husband was dying and I do not care about shooting stars or anything else for that matter. But I still have this fantastic memory of us two in beach chairs on top of a house in the Canary islands.

I did catch a falling star that I keep in my heart!

The Perseids

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Awsome displayNo wonder we love to watch thisHere you can see the location of the perseidsThey are close to CassiopeiaThe perseidsEach year you can see them
Awsome display
Awsome display
No wonder we love to watch this
No wonder we love to watch this
Here you can see the location of the perseids
Here you can see the location of the perseids
They are close to Cassiopeia
They are close to Cassiopeia
The perseids
The perseids
Each year you can see them
Each year you can see them

Catch a falling star

put it in your pocket - save it for a rainy day!

Get knowledge about meteor showers

They are basically rocks that are falling so fast that we can see them

The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

A last funny fact about shooting stars

Meteor SHOWER indeed

Where are the Canary Islands?

The Marker on Google Maps is on Teneriffe in the middle of the islands

They are seven. My story is from Fuerteventura

Canary islands:
Canary islands

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful lens! You made me think of an old song from the 80's that always made me cry called Waiting for a Star to Fall....

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      6 years ago

      What a beautiful story. Such a wonderful memory of times shared with your beloved husband. Blessed!

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      grandma deal 

      7 years ago

      This is such a nice lens. Thank you for sharing with us. I found you at sousababy's lens. Glad I did. I've seen a shooting star or two in my time. It is an awesome sight.

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      7 years ago

      When I was young, my brother and I would lay on our backs, under the dark skies, on top of our garage roof, which was flat..we would watch the meteor's..and satelites..That was in Vernon where we took you once..what wonderful childhood memories..Grace and I did that also on our back lawn..we laid down on the grass after midnight to watch the falling stars..!! we did not see many, but it was exciting when we did see one..! Thank you for sharing this special time you had with my brother!

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      7 years ago

      Wiping another tear, what a precious treasure..

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      7 years ago

      This sounds really great! I can understand why people travel there just for this.

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      8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Ruth Coffee 

      8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I have seen some falling stars and they are awesome indeed. It sounds like you had a really wonderful display to see.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Beautiful lens, and very touching story! I'm so happy you were able to watch these with your beloved husband. Now you've inspired me to do the same......... I'm lensrolling this to my Grand Canyon lens in which I described how I watched a lunar eclipse, and will bless this lens as well!

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      8 years ago

      My dear, what a sweet, lovely and inspiring thought to catch a falling star. We were privileged to actually experience several falling or shooting stars whilst we were on our catamaran vacation in BVI a couple of years ago ... I captured many a picture, but alas, did not capture that picture. Thanks for the memories!


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