Many movies and songs have used the theme of "wish upon a star" to move audiences to tears or laughter.
In the next few days, you may have the opportunity to "wish upon a star" several times.
Anchorage has so much in natural beauty and wonders to delight the eye that it is no wonder our skies provide one of the most dazzling celestial light shows to be seen each year.
Look to the late night skies (or early morning) to provide a spectacular view of the Orionid Shower . Earth is passing through the center of the Orionid meteor belt providing many "stars" to wish upon. Technically, these stars are meteors, but they are falling stars to us not of the scientific mind. There are only one or two other meteor showers which rival this week's heavenly display.
The meteor shower gets its name from "Orion the Hunter". Orion will appear over Anchorage around midnight in the eastern sky. Visibility will improve as Orion moves toward the south in his nightly trek. You can easily find the Orion constellation by looking for the 3 bright stars (in a slanted line) which make up Orion's belt. The bright flashing lights, you will see over his left shoulder, are the meteors falling to earth. The display is courtesy of Halley's Comet.
As all sky watchers know, you may have to be a little patient, the stars are not on a time schedule. The best viewing night (morning) may be Wednesday around 5 a.m. I am sure your wait and early rising will be worth it, as it is predicated that as many as 20 meteors an hour will come falling to earth
Stay up for the late, late show or rise early but remember to wish upon a falling star and all your wishes just may come true!
If you do not have the fortune and privilege to live here in Anchorage , Alaska , then that may be the perfect wish for you to make.