Catch a fallen star…..

Oh wow, how excited was I today!  For the first time I saw a shooting star!  It was amazing!

My husband was with me.  He was quite surprised that I had never seen one before, but in the UK, I am not sure how often you can see them?

I was driving to work as normal, when there in front of me I saw this stream of light.  I was gutted I was driving, as I would have loved to have kept searching the sky to see more.

Why do you never have your video on when it happens ?

When I saw it, that song from my childhood came flooding back to me – Catch a fallen star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day!  In reality though, you are never going to do that or are you?  As children, we dream of catching that fallen star!

What you may not know, is that a shooting star isn’t actually that! It  is a common name for the visible part of small dust or rocks from space, as it travels through the Earths atmosphere while burning up, which gives it the commonly known name of a shooting star. If it is large enough, the meteoroid will fall to sea or onto the ground, and be considered a meteorite. So in fact, the song may not be far wrong.  If on the rare occasion you pick up a meteorite, you could put it in your pocket. Although, you are probably going to have more luck in winning the lottery!

Shooting stars are also known as fallen stars, which is where the song comes from.  As they send streaks of light across the night sky before burning out into the darkness, it is said to possess a bit of magic, bringing good luck for anyone who sees one!

I was always told that if I saw a shooting star I should make a wish!  And I certainly did that  today!

It may have taken me nearly 50 years to see one, but I am so glad I did.  It certainly was a magical sight to see.  I hope I don’t have to wait another 50 years to see one.

I’ve since looked online, and there are many websites that allow you to look up timetables of when the next meteor shower may be and where!

I can see a bit of star gazing coming on me thinks!

Happy star gazing!

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