One Meteor Shower of a Night

Around 8pm our local time last night, I saw a facebook notification about the Geminids Meteor Shower.

I was never interested with Meteor Showers just because I know I won’t be able to see them due to my location. I’ve never heard about people here in the Maldives, talking about Meteor Showers. I usually read about meteor shower sightings somewhere in the US or Australia or in Scandinavia. However, for some reasons, last night, I checked with Mr. Google whether this meteor shower will be visible in the Maldives and Mr. Google said yes, around 12am local time.

I sent a group message about this info from Mr. Google and though the friends showed a little interest, no plan was made.

I was already half asleep, watching korean drama, when the friends decided to go to the bar. They wanted to have drinks but there was no mention of the Geminids.

The group met at the bar around 10pm. I had chamomile tea, one had  milk shake and the rest, cola with some special ingredients.

At around 10:30pm we started seeing ‘shooting stars.’ One in ten to fifteen minutes. Someone suggested to get my camera and try to do long exposure shots but the thought of wasting my time trying something I really don’t know how to do and missing the shooting stars didn’t make me lift my ass off my seat.

The bar closed at 11pm. Some wanted to go home already. But for some reasons, everyone stayed. We moved to the beach and lied down on the soft, cold sand. We listened to the waves. We shivered at the cold breeze. We looked at the sky. We admired the darkness and how it brought beauty to the sky. For without the darkness, who will notice the stars? We tried to figure out which one is the Northern Star, though no one really figured out.  We pointed our fingers to shooting stars. We laughed at our stupid wishes every time a shooting star appears and disappears. I wished to be a wonder woman. Someone wished to have a portal gun. I wished to have a Ferrari while someone wished to have a burger, and a chili chicken and a submarine (a type of long sandwich). We wished that someone wouldn’t fall asleep on the beach. We wished that someone will stop smoking soon. Someone wished for happiness. We wished him happiness too.

At 12am, the shooting stars appeared more frequently. There were 4 at a time, 3 consecutive stars in just a matter of seconds, there were small ones, there were big ones with visible trails.

All our wishes last night would probably just be in vain except for one. For that one wish came true in an instant for those five people who were lying on the beach in the darkness of the night. The stars granted their wish and gave them happiness, the greatest gift that the universe can give.

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About the Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminids are considered one of the best meteor showers every year because the individual meteors are bright, and the peak can see meteors stream across the sky at rates as high as 120 meteors an hour. Under light-polluted skies, fewer meteors will be visible.

The Geminid meteor shower is nearly 200 years old, according to known records — the first recorded observation was in 1833 from a riverboat on the Mississippi River — and is still going strong. In fact, it’s growing stronger. That’s because Jupiter’s gravity has tugged the stream of particles from the shower’s source, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, closer to Earth over the centuries.

I kept seeing those 3 “connecting stars” last night but I didn’t know it was the Orion (or part of). My Science teachers will beat me know.

Source: of the info & images here.

Featured image: Old Farmers Almanac

38 responses to “One Meteor Shower of a Night”

  1. Luh! Inggit. Sa 22 po meron ulit. Ursids naman po ata ang tawag. Ata? Kasi parang sa Ursa Minor naman sya mag radiate. Haha. Anyhoo. Kapitbahay lang po ni Orion si Gemini constellation. Hihi! Sila yung madalas magpakita talaga na constellations.

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    1. hindi ko na makikita yung sa 22 kasi may light pollution sa Pinas haha…ansaya…wala akong alam sa mga constellations, ha ha

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  2. Oh wow!
    I do wish to see a meteor shower in my town but thanks to all the man-made lightning, it ain’t possible much. Or may be I should try to stay awake for long?

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    1. I heard there’s another on on the 22nd as per one of the comments. The thing is, you need to be somewhere without light pollution and you have to stay awake…We almost gave up last night because we were so sleepy… but if we did, we could have missed a lot

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  3. Naalala ko tuloy nung naghike at overnight camp kami. Nanakit na yung leeg ko sa kakatingin sa taas. Tapos umambon. Ayon, balik sa tent, tulog. 😂😂😂

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    1. Pambasag yung ambot ay ambon pala WHAHAHA

      Hello Ms. Tawi Tawi

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      1. Hahaha. Hanggang ngayon naaalala ko parin ang sakit sa leeg ko 😂😂

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        1. hala baka nahanginan ka niyan at nakatingala ka na lang lagi ah

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          1. Hahaa. Ang sakit talaga nun. Tinanong mga nung kasama kong hiker bakit parang nahihirapan akong maglakad nung pababa na kami 😂😂😂

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            1. Hayan na! Ang sumpa ng tingala! :p

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  4. nice, sana makakita din ako someday, ang ganda pati itong post mo may meteor shower din….hehe

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    1. Makakakita ka rin niyan, in time 🙂

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  5. one of my wishes is to go to Maldives ☺️

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    1. One of my wishes is to go to Japan Haha

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      1. irony of life hahahahaha

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    2. One of my wishes is to go to Maldives and Japan! hahahahahah!!!

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      1. hahahahahahaha kayang kaya yan!

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  6. Kagabi to nangyari???😯😯😯

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  7. Uwi ka teh?????????? Meet-up na ituuuu!

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    1. Na excite ako masyado dito na po napapost hindi sa thread. Hahahaha!

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      1. Wag ka magulo ha hahahahhahahaha

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    2. Sssshhhhh wag ka maingay

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  8. May dadaan daw na shooting star dito bukas! hahahahhaaha!

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    1. Hahahahahahahahhahaahha

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  9. Wow! I only saw a shooting star once in my entire life. I’m not even sure if it was really a shooting star. Huhuhu. I envy you!

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  10. People don’t realise how much they lost, by having loads of lights.

    We lost star gazing, one of the beautiful things to do and be creative.

    Sitting under the sky at the moment, give pleasure not even a holiday trip can give it.

    I am so glad to read this post 😊

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    1. Thanks for passing by and for the nice comment 😊

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      1. Such lovely post from my dear sister definitely needs to look up.

        Sorry had been busy in routine life too much, didn’t getting time to do any activity over here.

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  11. Wow, Ako yata sobrang bilang lang ‘yung time na nakakita ako ng shooting star. Nakakatuwa naman. Parang ang sarap irelive ng gabing ‘yan. ❤

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    1. Mahirap kasing makita sa siyudad at maraming ilaw….once in a lifetime experience ang ganito 😊😊😊😊😊

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  12. Hays . Narealize ko tuloy I’m missing something on life cause of this post. Nowadays, I barely look at the sky. Tumitingin lang king magsasampay sa labas sa gabi baka umulan at akoy matutulog. Pero mamaya titingin talaga ako kasi maraming fireworks, but after that sana magawa ko siyang habit as I actually get reminded of my childhood each time, which is not a good thing but definitely not a good thing. Hmm.

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    1. Haha. Titimbrehan kita sa susunod na meteor shower 😂😂😂😂 masyado tayong nilalamon ng adulthood kaya nakakalimutan natin tumingin sa langit at mangarap

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      1. Kaya nga hehe . Kadalasan naman kasi walang star kaya di ako naeencourage na tumingin. minsan swerte lang if may buwan. 😁

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  13. Wow! Nice experience! Looking forward ro your Ferrari, Ms. Wonderwoman! Hahaha. Btw, ang ganda ng line na to: “For without the darkness, who will notice the stars?” Magagamit ko ito at iko-quote kita. Haha.

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