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January 31, 2018: Forget “Blue Moon Eclipse” In New Hampshire, Focus On The Supermoon.

by Anura Guruge


Blue Supermoon over New Hampshire Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Anura Guruge

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Forget the “Blue Moon Eclipse“. It will NOT be a total eclipse in New Hampshire. Nada.

It will be partial, it will be early in the morning, the moon will most likely be BELOW the New Hampshire tree line and it will be fleeting.

It really is a NON-EVENT in New Hampshire.

The Supermoon — a Blue Moon at that — Wednesday evening is a whole different matter.

It will NOT be Blue. Sorry. ‘Blue’ denotes rarity — 2nd full moon in a month.

It will not be as near to us as the 1st one on January 1, 2018.

Clouds, always a problem in New Hampshire, might be a problem.

But, definitely go out, tomorrow night and have a gander. You might even see it through the clouds.

Enjoy.


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January 31, 2018 “Blue Moon Eclipse” Will NOT BE TOTAL In New Hampshire — Just V. Partial. OK?

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5 Things to remember & note.

  1. It will NOT be a BLUE Moon! That is just an expression — in that it is the 2nd Full Moon in the month. The other having been on January 1, 2018 — which was also a Supermoon.
    So, I repeat. The moon will NOT be blue. Not Blue. Promise.
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  2. The TOTAL eclipse begins to the West of us. So we will only see a Partial Eclipse and a very partial one at that. And it will be fleeting.
    ….
  3. The Moon will set beyond the horizon, not counting our tree line, soon after the Partial Eclipse starts!
    We might see it, at most, for 3 minutes! Yes, 3 minutes. It might already be below the tree line.
    ….
  4. It is in the morning. Not at night. 6:57 am — i.e., morning.
    ….
  5. Weather could, as ever, in New Hampshire, be an issue.


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Two More SUPERMOONS Over New Hampshire In January 2018 — Weather Permitting.

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So, as I had feared thick clouds really put a damper on Sunday, December 3, 2017’s Supermoon. I am glad I took a couple of pictures, through wispier clouds the night before.

But, all is not lost. Two more — yes, two — in January 2018. The 2nd will be a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon of a month.

The January 1, 2018 will be even closer than the December 4.

So, that is good. I will keep you posted.


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Boston Chinatown Chinese New Year 2014 Celebrations, February 9 — A Snowstorm This Year TOO?

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If you can’t remember … this is what happened last year.


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This is not funny. Far from it. It even warrants a Whiskey, Tango, Fox’.

The gods (and that definitely is with a small ‘g’) must be angry or maybe just trying to be cute.

Two years in a row?

We couldn’t make it down last year because there was a major snow storm.
First time we had been precluded from going in about 4 or 5 years.

Again … this year.

I did hear, in passing, on TV, that the snow might start in the afternoon.
If so I will brave it though Deanna will not be amused.
Like 96% of the storms we get it will be from the south, southwest or west.

If we get an early start, and that is totally contingent on my ability to rouse myself from bed,
we could get there by 9 am. Done with Dim Sum by 11 am. Catch some parades and fire crackers …

Leave by 2 pm. Beat the snow home.


Pictures of Boston Chinatown 2014 Chinese New Year activities
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Boston Chinatown Chinese Lunar New Year 2014 Celebrations — Next Sunday, Feb. 9, Is THE DATE.

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From the Boston Chinatown Main Street Facebook page.

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This is NOT to say that you shouldn’t go down to Boston Chinatown
this Sunday, 
Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014.
Yes, of course, you can.

There will be plenty of activity, lots of crowds
and all the New Year merchandise.

I am sure that there will probably even be some lion and dragon dances.

But, the BIG celebrations will be next Sunday, February 9.

Just keep that in mind.
Don’t want you to be disappointed, as we were, until we cracked the code,
viz. celebrations, in the main, on the 2nd Sunday.

Happy New Year.


Boston Chinatown Holding Marketplace, ‘Lucky Flower Market’, January 27 – 30 For Chinese New Year 2014 Shopping.

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From what I can see this is for those that want to stock up for the 2014 Chinese New Year, the ‘Year of the Horse‘, and get all the necessary flowers, mementos, gifts and foodstuff.

There will be a dragon dance on January 27, at 9 am, for the opening ceremonies. The market should be fun. If you are local you should definitely go and visit.

I can confirm that the 2014 festivities,
as I have already posted, will be on Sunday,
February 9, 2014.


Boston Chinatown ‘Main Street’ Gala For 2014 Chinese New Year, ‘The Year Of The Horse’, Tonight, At The ‘Hei La Moon’. $50/Seat.

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I just saw this. It wasn’t on their Facebook a week ago. Looks like it was ‘invitation only’ to begin with.

It is a fundraiser. Looks interesting.

New Year isn’t for another 20 days! So it does seem a tad premature.

$50 might not be unreasonable. Plus there are a LOT of very rich Chinese. IF I had known about this earlier I might have considered, despite the price.

Hei La Moon‘ is not my favorite restaurant in Boston Chinatown. The Hei La Moon is BIG and has has large, picture windows. Other than that, in my opinion, it has nothing going for it compared to our long-time favorite, and by that I mean for decades, ‘China Pearl‘.

The ‘Chinatown Main Street (Boston)’ Facebook page is still lacking in details as to what will happen towards the end of January 2014 as ‘The Year of the Horse’ approaches. There event page is still only listing events from December 2013!

But, I will keep you posted. Cheers.


Boston Chinatown Is Gearing Up For 2014 Chinese New Year: ‘The Year Of The Horse’.

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They at least have a 2014 Year of the Horse’ tab on their Facebook.

That is a good start. I will stay on top and keep you posted.

As far as I can tell (and I have found out since last year that I am probably not Chinese as I had thought) the festivities will be on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Last year, as some of you may recall, we were all foiled by two back-to-back blizzards, one on each weekend.

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2014 Chinese New Year, ‘The Year Of The Horse’ Begins January 31, 2014 In Boston …

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Hong Kong Association of Washington logo for their Gala dinner. Click to ENLARGE.

One New Year per year has never been enough for me. I feel terrible for those that just celebrate one and however hard I try, I can’t even come close to fathoming why anybody in their right mind (and I think that that alone is the key) would not want to even celebrate New Year’s on January 1. I have always celebrated two New Year’s per year: January 1 and Sinhalese New Year on April 14. For at least the last 15 years I have also added the Chinese New Year to my list. So that is 3 New Years between January 1 and April 14. That, to me, seems about right. I have, many times, thought about adding the Jewish New Year to this list, but despite much help from my Jewish friends I still have huge trouble trying to work out Jewish holidays. So I am going to stick with the ones I know and observe.

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The Chinese New Year is lunar and solar based!  Damn clever those Chinese. It starts after the 2nd New Moon following the Winter Solstice. So, the Winter Solstice, as we celebrated, was on December 21, 2013. The first new moon was January 1. The 2nd January 30. So that is why the New Year starts January 31. This is early. Last year it was nearly a week later. However, as I explained in multiple posts last year the Chinese New Year habitually spans two Sundays. The first Sunday, in Boston, is celebrated but is NOT the day of the Dragon Parades and fireworks. That is on the SECOND SUNDAY. This year the 2nd Sunday will be on February 9, 2014. That is when you should be in Chinatown, Boston — barring another blizzard like what we had last year. I will, of course, keep you posted over the next 5 weeks.

For now all you need to know is that it is the ‘Year of the Horse’. The New Year starts January 31, 2014. Dragon Parade in Boston February 9, 2014 — not to mention the de rigeur Dim Sum.


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Google Does Doodle For Sri Lanka Independence Day – At MY Request. Yes, Yes, YES!

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They did it after I e-mailed them requesting same on January 26, 2012.

They have been doing Google Doodles since 1998. This is the first time Sri Lanka has got a Doodle.

So, so much for all the supposed influential Sri Lankans …
and I am not even Sri Lankan anymore!

I am happy for Sri Lanka.


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