In the night of April 22, the Lyrids meteor shower peaked. I was ready to look up the night sky, but unfortunately, it was cloudy and I couldn’t see any bright showers.
I’m not an astronomy maniac, though. I like just watching the night sky every so often. I don’t know exactly when it was, but I never forget the moment when I saw the Milky Way very clearly. It really blew my mind. There were, literary, astronomical a number of stars there and I felt as if they were twinkling and making some happy sounds.
There was another opportunity that made me look up the sky. One day, Tsuruhiko Kiuchi, an amateur astronomer who found two new comets, showed us Comet Swift-Tuttle, which he rediscovered, coming closer to the earth. I saw a comet, which had a long white tail, with his big telescope for the first time in my life.
I was lying on the grass in the meadows when the Perseids meteor shower peaked some years ago. It was just like a 3D spectacular. Shooting stars were moving toward me one after another and one of them had a long red tail that lingered in the sky pretty long.
The night sky is enjoyable even if there aren’t any astronomical shows. Just looking for star signs and galaxies are fun enough for me. One summer night, we found a small luminous body moving across the sky slowly when we were relaxing on deck chairs after a BBQ party. Someone said, “Is that an airplane?” “No, planes should have red and green lights.” “Then, UFO?” “It will be fun if it’s a real UFO, but UFOs are supposed to fly randomly.” Our conclusion was that It was an artificial satellite or the International Space Station.
The reason why I like looking up the night sky is that we all came from the space originally. And I believe so.
Photo: wired.jp / courtesy Luis Argerich
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