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Jupiter Over New Hampshire: At Its Closest For 2019, Next Week; Largest Moons Visible With Binoculars.

by Anura Guruge


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Weather Will Permit.

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Every year, given the orbital dynamics, the Earth and Jupiter are atypically close for a period of around 3-weeks. This year, Jupiter will be closest to Earth next week, i.e., mid-June, 2019.

When it is this close Jupiter is only 365 million miles away. At its furthest it is 601 million miles out. So, that is quite a variance.

It will be so close that you will be able to see Jupiter’s largest satellites with just binoculars. (Jupiter currently has 79 known moons!) Watching Jupiter’s moons is ALWAYS cool and being able to do so with binoculars is a bonus. Much easier than trying to follow them with an ametuer telescope (and trust me, I have).

The weather will cooperate on at least some of the days. So, make sure to check. Showers during the day and still give us cloudless nights.

Enjoy.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part 41; While Recovering From Knee Surgery — March 9, 2019.

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Second day after my major knee surgery on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Just about 48-hours because the ‘what had been outstandingnerve block catheter was running out of juice — exactly as they had told me.

First outing since the surgery. We had to go to the dump. Took our Ford Taurus. Not as easy getting into it as is the Nissan Quest. But, I managed.

I couldn’t get in and out. I was stuck in the car. Then I saw this apparition in the rearview mirror. Couldn’t resist.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part 41; “McDonald’s”, Rochester, NH — January 10, 2019.

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The first for 2019 and as far as I recall the first from a McDonald’s. Actually one that we go to fairly often. Never noticed that they have a nice big mirror with very good lighting. Couldn’t resist.

 


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Venus – Jupiter Conjunction Over New Hampshire, Early Mornings, Mid-January 2019.

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I think it will just about clear the tree line. This is just after 6am. Sunrise is not until ~7:15am. So, plenty of time.

Not for I. I will still be in bed. But, wanted to make sure that you early risers knew of this. Enjoy. Let me know what it was like.


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‘Acadia National Park’ (Maine) Remains Partially Open Despite 2018 Government Shutdown.

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Despite the Shutdown that started at midnight Friday, Acadia National Park stayed partially open on Saturday, January 20, 2018 and the plans are that that would continue to be the case Sunday.

Only a very small section of the Park Loop Road, on Mount Desert Island, is open — due to snow and ice. They will not be opening any new stretches during the Shutdown.

All the toilets are closed and I assume as are the Visitor Centers. The Park Rangers will also not respond to any emergencies. You will have to call 911 and get State or Town help.

But, they have NOT closed the gates! That is good — but that can change.

An irony of such Shutdowns is that they STOP updating Government Websites! So, you can’t find the latest status of Park closing on the Web. They will not be answering the phone either.

But, for now, this is better than what happened during the 2013 Shutdown when they did close the gates pretty early on.

I will try to keep you posted.


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Adieu To January 2016 Sunset In Alton, New Hampshire.

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Sunset, Saturday, January 30, 2016 — Alton, New Hampshire.

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Some Ice Fishing On Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, January 24, 2016 — BUT Laken Is Not All Frozen.

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Some ice fishing bob houses and activity on Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire on Sunday, January 25, 2016. But no vehicles on the ice let alone any planes!

Exactly a week ago this area of the Bay was devoid of any bob houses. Those these have been pushed out just this last week. Nothing compared to this time last year — when we had the runway in place.

Lake Winnipesaukee definitely not frozen totally, i.e., no ice-in as yet. Temperatures over the next 3 days are going to be above freezing during the day. Also supposed to get RAIN on Tuesday. That will definitely hinder any serious icing.

So this could be the 4th year, since they started keeping records some 170 years ago, that Lake Winnipesaukee hasn’t totally frozen over and ALL of these four instances have been as of 2001!


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Lake Winnipesaukee, NH 2016: 4th Time In 170 Years When NOT Fully Frozen?

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Click to ENLARGE. Taken on Monday, January 18, 2016 from Varney Point Left (where we lived for 10 years). Looking north towards Mt. Washington, in between Locks Island (to right) and Timber.


Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s iconic BIG Lake, is largely unfrozen right now — and I drove by the Lake yesterday (Jan. 19) again. Suffice to say this is somewhat atypical THOUGH my records (read blog posts here) indicate that on February 5, 2014 we were in a similar situation. But that is two weeks out and much can happen in New Hampshire, when it comes to weather, anytime of the year. But a quick look at ‘weather underground’ tells me that we have a 3-day warming trend, i.e., temps above freezing, early next week. So it is going to be close. I doubt, very much, whether we will have the Alton ‘Airport on the Ice‘ this year — last year having been a banner year.

IF the lake does not totally freeze over, i.e., no ice-in, this will be ONLY the 4th instance of that phenomenon in ~170 years (that is when they started keeping records).

But here is what is scary and intriguing. ALL 4 of these NO ice-ins would have occurred during my time in and around this Lake, I having moved up here, full-time, from Southern NH, in 1996.

The prior NO ice-outs occurred: 2013-2014, 2000-2001 & 1998-1999. I talk about these more in the above cited Feb. 5, 2014 link.

I will of course keep an eye on this and keep you posted. Note that no ice-in does NOT mean that we will not have an ice-out! Ice-out is not contingent on us having an ice-in. Some, if not all, Bays, e.g., Alton Bay, are indeed frozen. Well Alton Bay for one and Meredith for another need to be ice-free for ice-out to be declared. Get that?


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My Astronomer Friend, Philip Corneille, FRAS, Visiting The Famed Greenwich Observatory (As In GMT Fame etc.)

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