Six years ago tonight, I was out on Torbay Point watching the night sky. Torbay Point has always been a favourite place of mine to go stargazing, with unobstructed views all around it’s easy to see both the sunset at the start of a night out and the sunrise at the end of it.
Here’s a look at the last glimmer of dusk before nightfall:
I knew ahead of time the sky might be a little too hazy for a clear view of the annual Lyrid meteor shower, so I had a couple of backup ideas, like this staircase lit by glow sticks:
If you’re wondering if those white things on the horizon are icebergs, they are not. If I’d been out on the coast this week they very well could have been, but 2011 was a notoriously poor year for icebergs on the Avalon Peninsula, as I documented in the ‘iceberg seasons through the years‘ section of my Icebergs in Newfoundland page.
The white stripes on the horizon are in fact the lights of ships passing by. You can see the horizon is practically filled with them in the 4-hour panoramic photo featured on top of this post.
While I was waiting for my camera to complete that complex sequence, I laid back with music in my ears watching the tail end of the meteor shower. I saw a couple of very bright slow burners, so even without taking photos it was totally worth it just lying there with my eyes fixed on the starry sky above.
After my panoramic shot was finished, I took one last shot of the moon rising up from a cloudy horizon to the east, before I went home to get some sleep: