If your social media feed is filled with baby Yoda memes and friendly Wookiees, check out the date: May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, a fan-driven celebration of the franchise. Cheesy George Lucas, who some may argue, is also a far more puny: “May the fourth be with you”.
The Cincinnati Zoo shared an otter that portrayed a Jedi Knight to mark the occasion, and Disney is using it today to promote a new animated series about mutant clone warriors. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” and its crossover content. Simpsons-Star Wars.
Closer to home, clear skies forecasts mean that early risers need a little more cosmos volumes, may want to look for the Eta Aquamarine meteor shower in the southeast sky an hour before dawn on Wednesday morning.
The shower, which is most noticeable in the southern hemisphere, occurs as the Earth crosses the trajectory of Halley̵7;s comet and all its tiny debris is burned out, according to the EarthSky astronomy site.
“Comet dust plunges into Earth’s upper atmosphere at almost 150,000 miles per hour,” said EarthSky’s Bruce McClure. “About half of these fast-moving meteorites will leave trains afloat – Ionized gas paths that glow for a few seconds after the meteor passes.
The Earth also crossed the trajectory of Halley’s comet in the near-end of the year, making Orion’s meteor shower often best viewed early on or near Oct. 21.
As with any meteor shower, give yourself a little time to rest and let your eyes adjust for maximum viewing. If it’s cloudy or you’re sleeping because of the chance to see the shower on Wednesday mornings, you can try Thursday too.
And if you want a more owl-friendly way to mark today’s opportunities, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be shown outdoors tonight at Marymoor Park (6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond) tickets. Priced at $ 30 per car number of Lucas acolytes. epiceap.com/movies-at-marymoor/