|Emily Stuhler & Todd Terry ~ (Beyond The Farthest Star)|
When my kids were younger, we lived in the country and could see an amazing number of stars. In Genesis 15:5, God tells Abram, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars--if indeed you can count them.", and just think---we each see only a small portion of them! Even a quiet night was special (and I must admit 2 of them were not thrilled when I hauled them out in the middle of a cold night to go view Halley's Comet with my astronomy class) but their astonishment and delight as we watched meteor showers with friends really caused us to marvel at God's creation!! Even as adults, they still talk about those nights and the fun we had.
If you are into camping, this is a fantastic weekend to get out and sleep under the stars. Actually, my granddaughter and I unintentionally did that 2 years ago! In mild hopes of spotting a few "shooting stars" despite living too near streetlights for a great view, we stretched out on blankets in my backyard to talk and watch the skies. We woke up at dawn! Cait saw 2 and I missed both, but we both gained a precious memory of time spent together. Stiff, sore muscles from sleeping on the ground, but IT WAS WORTH IT!!
Recently I won a book that I love! If anyone in your household has any interest in stargazing, I highly recommend The Stargazer's Guide To The Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle! It's worth it just for the fascinating photos. I also found a couple of articles that will give you more info about the Perseid Meteor Shower and give you some fun ideas for your family, along with some options if watching online is your only choice (or comfort level!!).
Psalm 147:4 "He counts the stars and calls them all by name."