2016-05 Grand Ballon circumpolar star trails 01
image via Wikimedia Commons

Like stars that neither rise nor set,
I stay up at all hours lately.
Not every day, not circling endlessly,
but tonight I watch the Big Dipper
in solidarity. Awake in day and night.



The circumpolar Big Dipper and the W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia circle around Polaris, the North Star, in a period of 23 hours and 56 minutes. The Big Dipper is circumpolar at 41 degrees north latitude, and all latitudes farther north.

A Graveyard of Stars


Image by scartmyart from Pixabay

Remains of many dead and dying stars
in a vast graveyard near the center
of our Milky Way galaxy in a
black hole where the dead feed on
others – like celestial zombies emitting X-ray howls.


graveyard of stars

Milky Way center —by NASA, ESA, SSC, SXC & STSCI

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Hidden in the Night Sky

The Pleiades (Elihu Vedder).jpg

The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) by Elihu VedderPublic Domain


Any fireballs from Taurus are unseen tonight.
A bright Moon lights my nightwoods path
on my brief escape from home and
I am hidden from human sight but
for Seven Sisters’ divine, disappointed gaze above.


The South or North Taurid meteor showers are active from late September to late November,
but I read that November 4-5, 2020 is supposed to be a peak.
Unfortunately, that coincides with the Moon being at a bright waning gibbous phase.

The North Taurids peak on the night of November 11-12 when the moonlight
from the waning crescent moon will be much less intense.
A fireball is a nickname given to a particularly bright meteor.

The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, are in the north-west of the constellation Taurus.
It is among the star clusters nearest to Earth
and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.
In Japan, the constellation is said to have 6 stars and I’m sure all but one of those sisters would be pleased that their stars became the symbol for Subaru cars.