Green Streak

Early August is one of Lunghu’s favorite times of year:  it’s Perseid season.  What’s so great about that?  Well, because in the interest of the ancient science of astronomy, anybody now has a valid excuse for lying supine on the lawn in the middle of the night, looking up at the sky for hours on end.  This week –until the 14th–  is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, when debris from a comet’s tail intersects Earth’s orbit and provides an intermittent light show in the wee wee hours before the break of day.

The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream.  During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

Lunghu often forgets about the Perseid season until it’s almost or entirely over  -–he doesn’t get out much in the middle of the night, generally speaking.  But this year, he had a great big reminder that it’s meteor season -–a wakeup call from the distant Pacific island nation of Niue.

Niue police chief Mark Chenery said [a] loud bang on Wednesday night [August 3] woke the island’s 1,200 residents and he initially thought a boat had exploded in the harbor:  “There was a large (noise), a huge clap of thunder but it was a normal starry night outside.” … The Carter observatory in New Zealand [eventually]  told him it was likely to be a meteor exploding 20 kilometers high in the atmosphere.

So sure, it’s just a temporal “coincidence,” but August 3rd also just happens to be just about six months from the time that Lunghu issued his annual review of feng shui soothsayer predictions, and made a few hare-brained prognostications of his own.   Including that one about the “non-trivial meteor impact in the Indian Ocean.”   Oh well: right latitude, wrong ocean, no impact.  In the realm of feng shui, that’s not even a near-miss.

This means that Lunghu’s prediction record for Year of the Rabbit is still perfect -—perfectly incorrect, that is.  Tiger Woods isn’t even playing golf, let alone on top of his game.  Belgium is still a single nation (sort of).  No earthquake in Nicaragua (yet).  No meteor in the Indian Ocean.  On the other hand, Gaddhafi is still in Libya.  Nobody’s perfect.



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