Shooting stars and planet watching

Thanks to Lena (go leafs) I saw this article about being able to see some planets in the western horizon form a celestial trio.

I don’t know much about planets but it sounded like an adventure waiting to happen!

We chose Huckleberry Bald to planet watch from.  By the time we got up there I couldn’t remember the names of any of the planets we were hoping to see.

By the time we had the tents up the fog was coming in fast and it looked like we might not get a sunset.

As fast as it came the fog blew out toward North Carolina. We got one of those God’s-been-painting kind of sunsets!!

We tried to tell ghost stories but the only one that got any good reactions was when a spider was spotted inside the tent!

I did not see the shooting stars with my eyes but my camera did!

Huckleberry Knob is at elevation 5,560 feet so it was quite cool after the sun went down. In other words, I forgot that we’d just come from humid hot 90 degree August Tennessee weather.

The milky way was fully visible by just looking at the sky. I was out in the wet grass loudly cheering about all the majestic details in the sky as my feet got soaked in the heavy dew.

At 2am the alarm went off. I didn’t want to get up but I decided I would because it’d seem wimpy to hike up to the top of Huckleberry Bald to see planets and then just ignore the alarm and sleep in the tent all night. So back out into the even more wet grass I went. As I was setting up heavy fog rolled in from Knoxville and Vonore direction. I was only able to get this one photo before every star disappeared.

I don’t think we saw any planets but we got out of the 90 degree heat, got a little exercise, didn’t text, didn’t email, didn’t facebook, didn’t instagram, for 24 hours and we all survived!

Next up, I’m going to try to figure out how to add a Subscribe button so you can get notified of new blog posts here and you won’t miss any of the fun!

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