Perseid Meteor Shower at Brasstown Bald

My friend and I drove up to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia (4,784 ft to be exact) this past Saturday night to check out the Perseid Meteor shower.  I’m telling you people, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  I woke up the next morning thinking, “that was probably among the top 3 coolest things I’ve ever seen–ever.” The word breathtaking doesn’t begin to capture it.  

We arrived at BB around 7:30 that evening, allowing us enough time to hike to the top, a grueling, steeply elevated 6/10 of a mile, (after a while of hiking we just stopped talking).  We reached the top and climbed the steps to the observation tower, took a ton of photos from the deck–360 views of North Georgia mountains: gorgeous.  Time came for the sunset and several members of the Atlanta Photography Club were there to snap it up. We all clustered together on the western side of the deck and several minutes passed in chilly awe as people took shot after shot of the setting sun.

 Shortly after the sun went down, my friend I headed back down the trail to the parking lot and got ready for the Greatest Show on Earth, or Venus, or Jupiter or even the Moon for that matter.  The sky was completely dark by that time and I had never seen such a clear, clustered, majestic view of the night sky.  There wasn’t a single point that wasn’t occupied  by a star. My friend, who is a modest junior astronomy expert, borrowed a laser pointer from one of the astronomy club geeks and began pointing out the Dolphin, the Swan, Vega, the Scorpion, I intermittently took turns nodded saying “Wow” and shaking my head thinking, “This so amazing–God, you ARE AMAZING.”  The performance began around 10 pm, shooting stars here and there, getting colder and windier on top of the mountain (thank goodness for  bulky winter gloves and scratchy wool blanket in the trunk of my car) and close to 11 we decided we needed to head out as, getting back down the mountain in the dark would be a slow process.

The night culminated, though, as we made one last loop around the parking lot on foot:  people bundled up, sitting in their collapsible chairs, breathing out collective oohs and aahs as the show picked up: one  meteor after another, each one’s tail longer, brighter, more intense than the other and finally one that started at one side of the heavens and streaked across half of the night’s sky with and bluish-purplish glow around one side of the head. Wow. 

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You put the stars in the sky and you know them by name.
You are amazing God.
All powerful, unchangeable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees and we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God, you are amazing God.
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You see the depths of my heart and you love me the same
You are amazing God.

-Chris Tomlin 

Night Sky photo licensed under Creative Commons by jurvetson 

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