A few nights ago, in the southern New South Wales township of Kiama, two eager beaver stargazers set up shop in an open field, dusted off their video cameras, and waited. They’d come to see the Eta Aquariids: a cosmic light show “caused by the earth passing through dust left behind by the tail of Halley’s Comet”, apparently, and “one of the best meteor showers of the year.”
If the commentary in the footage they captured is anything to go by, the galaxy did not disappoint.
A word of warning: at high volumes this video might not be safe for work, insofar as it kind of sounds like your dad copping an Old Fashioned for the first time in years.
So yeah, there you have it.
Obviously the real star here is the overly-excitable mad dog behind the lens, who sounds like a delightful mix of Murray from Flight of the Conchords and Kel from Kath & Kim. “Oh wow”; “Oh yea-he-hess!”; and “Oh man, how good was that?!” are just a few of the impassioned exclamations that erupt out of photographer David Finlay’s gob.
I honestly wish I was as excited about anything as this bloke is about big pieces of rock hurtling through space.
The sheer level of unmitigated joy on show in this video, coupled with the slightly sexual exaltations of a man bearing witness to his single greatest pleasure in life, bears a striking resemblance to another clip that popped up on YouTube back in 2012. In the spirit of super-geeks frothing over niche and simple pleasures, please enjoy a timely revisitation of ‘Excited train guy’:
Feature image: YouTube
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