Wishing On Falling Stars

I saw a falling star once, and it was beautiful, and magnificent...but at the same time, it made me want to cry. I was outside for quite a while one night, staring into space, and the brightest star in the milkyway bust into a brilliant ball of light and flew across the blackened midnight sky, and instead of making a wish all I could think of was how that one star had probably existed for thousands of years, and now it had burned out and died. How could I hang my wish on it's demise? And now when I look at the stars, I don't look up for very long, because I know that if I look just long enough, I'll see another one fall, and that it will make me sad, too. Sad to see that beautiful star burn out and die.
jjslair jjslair
36-40, F
1 Response Oct 12, 2008

That's impossible. Stars don't fall, or shoot. There is no way the brightest star in the milky way could burst and fly across the sky. For one thing: Ask any astronomer - the brightest star in the milky way is still very much there. And another thing, so-called "falling stars" or "shooting stars" aren't stars at all. They are meteors. Small fragments of space-debris or rock which burn up as they enter the earth's atmosphere. That's something most of us learn in highschool. If you saw a stationary, bright star-like ob<x>ject in the sky suddenly burst and fly across the sky, that was no star. And meteors are never stationary. So I'd say you had a UFO sighting... :-)