Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.
Have you ever seen a shooting star? Legends say they’re magical! I’ll never forget the first time I saw one; it traveled across the sky in a bright arc.
Given my interest in astronomy and needlework, I received a Stitch the Stars calendar for this year. Each month has a simple, glow-in-the-dark zodiac constellation pattern for stitching. I’ll be sorry to stitch my last one next month. Here’s January, with Capricorn:
The night sky has always been an object of interest to humans. Our understanding of it has evolved over time. Take this poem from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, written to Ophelia:
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
The discerning reader will see some foreshadowing here, since the idea that the sun revolved around the earth was already in question during Shakespeare’s time.
A meteor is a shooting star, and there’s a meteor shower coming soon: the Leonids. This shower appears to originate from the Leo the Lion constellation, hence its name. I stitched Leo into my calendar back in August.
Watch for the Leonid Meteor shower during the next few mornings! You may be able to catch sight of some meteors before dawn, if you’re an early riser.