Monday, July 19, 2010

Waxing Half Moon - Moon Day

"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

9th Day of the 8th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Kore
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Tinne/Holly
12th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month - Tinne/Holly
Moon Phase: waxing Half
Moon sets: 12:36AM EDST
Moon rises: 3:28PM EDST
Moon in the Fixed Water
Sign of Scorpio
Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The wisdom
of nature.
Sun in Cancer
Sunrise: 6:05AM EDST
Sunset: 8:47PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What sacrifices must
you make to fulfill your plans?"
Beltaine (Calan Mai) Quarter
of the Year
July 19th, 2010

The Perseids

  An amazing celestial event coincides with the season of Lughnasad. Radiating from the constellation Perseus, a spectacular meteor shower known as Perseid meteor shower dominates the night sky beginning around July 17th and peaking on August 12th, continuing to put on an impressive show until August 24th. With its theme of hope, there is perhaps no season better suited to wishing upon a shooting star, and the night skies on Lughnasad will be full of them. You can expect sightings of between fifty and 100 meteors each hour.
   Several times throughout the course of the year, the Earth's orbit passes through the remaining particles of a defunct comet. It is these particles, called meteoroids, that you are observing. When they enter the Earth's atmosphere, they burn up as meteors. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most reliable.
   The Perseid meteors are often referred to as 'the Children of Perseus.' Look for the constellation Perseus along the northern horizon. Although meteors can appear in any part of the sky, they will originate from the radiant constellation. The meteor shower is best viewed after midnight, for at this time, the rotation of the earth will allow you to be facing the meteors head on, as opposed to viewing them from behind. The darker the sky, the better. If you can find a remote area for stargazing, beyond the glare of city lights, which will greatly interfere with your ability to see the meteors. A bright full moon and even a quarter moon can also greatly interfere with the number of meteors that you will be able to see, if any. Choose a new moon night, or if there is not a coinciding new moon, wait until after the moon has set.

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