Lab Cat

22 Oct 2006

I saw a shooting star last night

Filed under: Personal, Poetry — Cat @ 9:45 pm


I saw a shooting star last night

It went across to left from right

Where the stars were very bright

Up in the sky at a great height.


Cassiopeia was an M last night

Sitting in the sky up to the right

Where the stars were nice and bright

And there was no moon to give out light.


When I watched the stars last night

The crickets sang without a fight

When the stars were very bright

Above the Arborvitaes to the right.


I saw a shooting star last night

It went across from the right

And the stars were very bright

It was quite a sight, last night.



  1. I like your verse. The Milky Way is very bright

    I like your verse. When I was five, I received The Giant Golden Book of Astronomy from a family friend and have been intensely interested in the subject all my life because of that early exposure. That includes looking up on a dark night at night to find the constellations and to contemplate the Milky Way.

    Comment by biosparite — 23 Oct 2006 @ 5:18 pm

  2. That response somehow got chopped up; I was trying to write that I seek out dark skies here in Texas to be able to see the Milky Way star clouds and dust lanes.

    Comment by biosparite — 23 Oct 2006 @ 5:20 pm

  3. I have only seen the milky way a couple of times. Once in Yorkshire where there were no lights. Lying on a drystone wall staring up at the milky way was a moment I’ll never forget.

    Astronomy is one of my many interests but I can only recognize the commonest constellations.

    Comment by Cat — 24 Oct 2006 @ 9:37 am

  4. My most recent sighting dates from mid-July of this year. I was attending a public event on a ranch in the high desert of Central Oregon recently subject to a conservation easement granted by the owners in favor of a land trust to which I belong out there. The Milky Way in those dark skies was particulalry bright since the view from the Northern Hemisphere inclines southward toward the galactic center in the summertime. One can see some of the swell of the central bulge of the vast, starry system. Loss of the night sky through light pollution creates an extinction of experience for people, as Robert Michael Pyle uses the phrase. I took a 39-year-old friend of mine down toward Rockport, Texas in July 2003 to listen for and record frog and toad calls as part of Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Amphibian Watch program. The protocol requires one to listen for five minutes each at 10 stops at least a mile apart along a 15-mile transect beginning a half hour after sunset. As we went through our stops, I noticed the Milky Way was very bright on this moonless, clear night, out in the middle of nowhere, and I brought it to her attention. She immediately responded, “Oh, that must be low clouds.” She would not concede till I suggested she look at the “clouds” through binoculars, at which time she became very quiet at the sight of all the stars resolved though the lenses. I was confounded that someone of that age who was well-travelled could have such a void in her knowledge.

    Comment by biosparite — 24 Oct 2006 @ 6:48 pm

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