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Mercury Will Transit The Sun On November 11, 2019 — Remembrance Day, At That.

by Anura Guruge

YOU  will need Eclipse Glasses.

A ‘transit‘ in astronomy is when celestial body passes in front of another. In this case, it will be Mercury passing in front of the Sun — and we, in New England, will have front-row seats for it, and, moreover, it will be in the morning, around 10 am Eastern. The only thing that can spoil it for us is the weather. I will keep you posted.

Given that this is a solar transit, it is kind of like a solar eclipse — like the BIG one we had in August 2017. And as with a solar eclipse you MUST HAVE eclipse glasses IF you are going to look at the Sun. They are cheap enough. Better get some now. I still have mine from 2017.

That it is on Remembrance Day — my Poppy Day — makes it even more special. WOW.

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by Anura Guruge


Rare & Nice To See A Young International Cricketer Wearing Glasses, Pakistan’s New Imam-ul-Haq.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.

The ultra-famous uncle. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inzamam-ul-Haq

Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.

Glasses or no glasses this ‘boy’ can bat. Hundred on ODI debut! Only the 13th batsman to have done that. Pretty select group with some famous names — but also conspicuous by the names that are not on the lost. Only one West Indian, dear Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge’s longtime opening partner. Imam-ul-Haq is only the second Pakistani. No Sri Lankan has done it — as yet.

I watched the highlights reel for that 3rd ODI. Pretty gutsy, gusty and increasingly entertaining innings. At first I couldn’t be sure, underneath the helmet, whether he was wearing glasses. He was. I can’t remember the last batsman I saw batting in glasses.

Of course we all remember Clive Lloyd. He always wore glasses.

Gordon Greenidge wore glasses for a short time in the 1980s (when he was going through a rare rough patch). I remember him in his glasses. Here is a picture. You have to look carefully to see the glasses. Like so many others he then switched to contacts.

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by Anura Guruge

Pictures Of Partial Solar Eclipse Over New Hampshire — August 21, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

I did NOT bother to get a special eclipse filter. I was not that motivated. I was going to leave that to the professionals.

Filter That I Used — Nature’s Own.

Reflection of the Sun in water I poured into a wheelbarrow.

I waited for the water to settle and then used an EV between -1 and -2.

Reflections of the Eclipse.

This was when the water was rippling.

It was cool. We only got to see a partial, but even that was memorable. First for the kids.

I did see the Solar Eclipse of May 10, 1994 over New Hampshire.

I had got 5 eclipse glasses from Amazon and that worked out.

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by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire Libraries Out Of Solar Eclipse Glasses For Monday — As Are Stores!

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Manchester Library.

Click to access New Hampshire WMUR story …

You might still be in luck with some of the other libraries.

Be careful with what you find in local stores. They might not be ‘good‘ (i.e., strong/dark) enough.

Might be getting too late for ordering online. But, you could try.

All the best. The skies over New Hampshire should be CLEAR for Monday’s PARTIAL solar eclipse over New Hampshire.

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by Anura Guruge

Walmart ‘Vision Center’ Is But A Pathetic Joke — 11-Days And No Sign Of My $189 Glasses!

by Anura Guruge

I have had fairly decent luck with ‘Vision Center‘ in the past — though I have never ordered any glasses for myself from them until 11 (bloody) days ago.

I went to them because they are conveniently located and are supposed to have decent prices. At $189 I don’t really think that they were that ‘inexpensive’. But, I would NOT have cared about the price if I had them within the 10 days they ‘promise’.

I ordered them on Friday, April 14, 2017.

I called them last Friday and they said I would have them today, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

I made plans to go by Walmart this evening to pick them up. BUT, since I did not get a phone call I called just to be on the safe side.

They do NOT have them and have NO IDEA as to when I might have them.

Bloody Walmart.

I so often regret doing anything with Walmart OTHER than buying stuff that is available on display.

So a heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lanka’s Noble & Worthy “Sight For Life” Charity — We Should Try And Help.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Click on image below to access the “Sight for Life” Website which accepts donations.


This is something WE should try and help out.

I just happen to come across it, Tuesday, online. I need to look into it more.

I know there are organizations that send unused spectacles from developed countries to developing countries. I will have to start making some inquiries.

That the government, now that the War is over, cannot help out is somewhat disappointing.

But, I just wanted to bring it to your attention.

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Saw The Venus Transit From New Hampshire, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 6:34pm In Alton

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

That really was serendipitous. I checked the forecast last night and it had rain and clouds for us most of the day.

We were coming back from Boston. It was raining, at times hard, in Manchester. As we got towards Alton I could see some patches of blue, but there were huge, dark rolling clouds and the sun was obscured. But, as we turned up Prospect Mountain Road, off Route 28 (just past Halfmoon Lake), I caught a glimpse of the Sun. I knew the transit started for us in NE at 6:14 pm. 1/4 way up Prospect Mountain is an abandoned development site with all the trees gone. Got my wife to drive up there — since it has a perfect, hardtop road going into. I had taken the precaution putting my two pairs of eclipse glasses, from the December 2000 eclipse, into the van — just in case. We jumped. Put on the glasses.

Bingo. Could see it at once, right up at the top, near 1 o’clock. We all go to see it.

We came home and unloaded the van. We had left at 5:30 am for Boston to spend the day with my father who was visiting Boston for the day on a Bermuda cruise. That was fun. We even managed to get in two televised interviews in Cambridge, may father being somewhat famous.

The sun peaked out again. I went out with the glasses. Some neighbors walked by with their dog. Showed them the transit. They were impressed. The kids got to see it again around 7pm. So I am thrilled. We got to see the transit. I was bummed that I was going to miss it. It really was serendipity — a word that gets its origins from my country of birth, Serendib >> Ceylon >> now Sri Lanka.