Sunday, November 25, 2007

Frosted Grass, Sleeping Bags and Meteor Showers


For my astronomy class that I am taking this semester I am required to do several observing projects which I have to do on my own time. Last weekend I found out that there was going to be a meteor shower and decided that that would be easy and fun thing to do with Andrew. We slept from 1-2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and got bundled up with sweaters, thick socks, jackets, beanies, whatever it would take, and luckily Andrew thought to bring our sleeping bags. We filled the car up with gas and drove up Provo Canyon to find a dark spot to watch. It was 3:30 when we got to Vivian Park. The grass was frozen and it was very cold. We laid out two blankets and then got in our sleeping bags and zipped them up around our heads and looked skyward. The assignment said that we needed to observe for two hours. Within the first 5 minutes Andrew and I saw the first meteor and we saw about 11 each within the first hour. We got through at about 5:30 in the morning and I was needless to say, very frozen, but it made for a fun, adventure. We have done our best to reenact the situation in this picture.

4 comments:

Angie said...

Sounds like fun! It is great you had an excuse to do something adventurous. How are you liking the astronomy class? I hear it can be a tough one. Take care!

melmck said...

hooray for you starting a blog! :)

Elise said...

Hey Rachel and Andrew! We were just talking about you guys the other day and wondering how you were doing. I'm so glad you have a blog now so we can stay updated on all your crazy adventures! It looks like you're having a great 'ol time, good for you guys! Keep posting the updates, it's fun to see what you're up to.

Clayton and Susan Leonard said...

Cute blog Rachie! I like this picture! too cute :P