Maybe you were under the belief that I was the only dragon star you would see shine but noooo. Here comes the expert to point out another dragon that will keep shining upon you and this world long after I'm gone.
Comets and meteors may be the origins of dragon tales. Like the elegant winged creatures, these cosmic objects breathe fire as they streak across the sky.
On any given night, there are 6-10 meteors an hour. They can get big and fiery and cause destruction, but most burn up before they hit ground. Up at the observatory, I’ve seen some spectacular ones that burn like spotlights and blaze across the black, bold as a dragon.
I just finished my 6th summer as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory, and I never tire of catching sight of a meteor. It’s a nightly fireworks show as grand as any.
There’s a possibility of a comet gracing our skies this December. It depends on whether or not it survives looping around the sun. I hope it does. If you want to know more about Comet ISON, check here http://earthsky.org/space/big-sun-diving-comet-ison-might-be-spectacular-in-2013
There’s another dragon in the sky, the constellation Draco. It’s home to the Cats Eye Nebula and some faint galaxies. None are objects I can see with my smaller telescope, but Draco keeps me company all summer long.
PGC 39058, a dwarf galaxy found within the Draco constellation – picture taken by ESA/Hubble & NASA.
Some truths are better left unfound.
For two years Craze’s dear friend, Lepsi, has been missing. The murmurings of a haunted spaceship might be a message and may mean his old pal isn't dead. The possibility spurs Craze and Captain Talos to travel to uncharted worlds, searching. Out there, in an unfamiliar region of the galaxy beyond the Backworlds, they stumble upon a terrible truth.
Meanwhile, Rainly remains on Pardeep Station as acting planet lord, dealing with the discovery of her lover’s dark and brutal past. Alone and questioning her judgment, her introspection unlocks more than heartache. Latent protocols in her cybernetics activate, forcing her to face a sinister secret of her own.
In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the fourth book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.
M. Pax-- Inspiring the words she writes, she spends her summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where she lives with the Husband Unit and two demanding cats. She writes science fiction and fantasy mostly. You can find out more by visiting her at:
Eternal love vows from the dwarves towards Mary Pax deafen me. Don't pay attention to those Puss in the Boots' eyes, though. They did the same last week for Misha Gerrick and most likely will do it for Lexa Cain on Friday 25 and Christine Rains on Wednesday 30. I should have thought having a parade of lovely creative ladies so close to one another would have some effect on flirty, lonely dwarves. But it is worth to know that if you miss a dragon in your life, all you have to do is look up at the night sky (on the right place, on the right season, of course. ;))
Best luck to Mary Pax and her new book and lots of dragon hugs to you!