Day 12: The Incredible Shooting Star Show

Mina2 in the Caribbean - Where's The Ice Gone?
Tim Barker
Tue 15 Dec 2009 12:32

Noon Position:  11:36S 034:55W

Noon to Noon Run:  141 miles

Date:  14 December 2009


Yesterday evening we sailed into the most amazing sunset. Talk about living the dream, it was just like a lifestyle video. And as the brilliant stars started picking their way into the blackening sky, so the show began. “Oooh “ we all exclaimed as we saw a shooting star arc through the night. “Oooh “ we said again two minutes later as another shooting star criss-crossed the path of the first. After the first hour of almost continuous shooting stars we were all oohed out, but the show went on and on and faded only when dawn lightened the sky. When Peter was alone on watch in the middle of the night, he was momentarily confused when he saw all the sails lit up as in the light of a very strong torch. Then he saw the large intense, brilliant light reflected strongly off the waves as it continued streaking through the sky for several seconds. Unbeknownst to us at the time we were passing through one of the biggest meteor storms in history, and witnessing it in extraordinary conditions.


I’ve been busy again on the astro-nav front which is why this isn’t much of a blog, but I promise you something a little more exciting for tomorrow.