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Pope Francis Upon Leaving Philadelphia Will Be ONLY Pope To Have Been In The Air During A Supermoon Eclipse.

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Is it a coincidence? The Vatican would have known. Pope Francis will be leaving Philadelphia tonight, Sunday, September 27, 2015, as the Moon is being eclipsed.

There will be those that believe that that could be significant.

No other pope, ever, has been in the air during a Supermoon Eclipse. I checked.

The last Supermoon Eclipse was on December 30, 1982. Pope John Paul II was in Rome celebrating the Holidays. The one before that was in 1946 and popes were not flying as yet (at least not on planes).

So that is a record. First pope to have flown during a Supermoon Eclipse. 


No Clouds Over New Hampshire For Sunday, September 27, 2015, Supermoon Eclipse.

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>> April 15 eclipse images.

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For a welcome change the weather will cooperate
for Sunday, September 27, 2015
Supermoon Eclipse over New Hampshire.

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It is a Supermoon eclipse in that the Moon happens to be at its closest to Earth.

You can have Supermoons without there been an eclipse and eclipses without it being a Supermoon.

Supermoon eclipses are quite rare. The last was 33 years ago in 1982. The next is 18 years hence in 2033.

In addition to 1982, the other Supermoon eclipses since 1900 have been in 1910, 1928, 1946 & 1964.

Here is a GREAT NASA video about Supermoon eclipses that explain why they are rare (if you can’t visualize it yourself). Enjoy.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Over New Hampshire, September 27, 2015.

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>> Next ‘Blood Red’ on April 4, 2015.
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Not looking good for New Hampshire.

>> October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse.

>> Oct. 17 astronomy presentation in Alton.

>> April 15 eclipse video.
>> April 15 eclipse images.

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As ever with any and all celestial events, I must, of course,
ADD “weather permitting” — especially in New Hampshire.

This, weather permitting, should be quite spectacular in that it is INDEED a TOTAL lunar eclipse.
So we will get to see the entire dramatic sequence
starting with the Earth’s shadow taking a BITE out of the Moon
all the way to the Moon being fully obscured …
to the Moon coming out of the shadow.

The only ‘sad’ thing is that it is going to be ‘late’ at night
— especially for kids.

Over New Hampshire the eclipse will start around 8:12 pm (Eastern).

But a total eclipse like this starts with the outer, dimmer shadow — the so called penumbra.
See diagram below.
The penumbra isn’t dark enough to take a bite.
All you will see is a shadow, that being what it is,
moving across the Moon’s surface.

The main shadow, the umbra, will touch the Moon at 9:07pm.
That is when the fun begins.
There will be a good sized bite by 9:25pm.
Half the Moon will be ‘eaten’ by 9:41pm.

Definitely worth keeping the kids up till at least 9:30.

The moon will be totally ‘eaten’ by 10:15
BUT maximum ‘shadow’ (darkness) will not occur till 10:47pm.

Then you get the whole sequence in reverse
with a half ‘eaten’ moon at 11:54pm.

It will be all done and dusted at 1:22 am.

OK?

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NASA details for the September 28, 2015 total lunar eclipse. This is the URL: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/


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A question that is bound to come up is “why don’t we have a total eclipse every month — at full moon?”

Makes sense. At full-moon, each month, we have the Sun —> Earth —> Moon alignment necessary for a lunar eclipse. BUT, we don’t get eclipses every month. At most, counting both lunar and solar eclipses, and partial eclipses as well as total, the maximum number we can have in a year is 7.

Why is that?

It all has to do with orbital inclinations. The orbit of the Earth around the Sun and that of the Moon around the Earth are not level — nor in a straight line. Both orbits are TILTED, i.e., inclined from ‘level’. So the bodies need to line up.

Get that. All to do with the 3 bodies rarely lining up.

We won’t have a total lunar eclipse in 2016. But in March 2016 we will have a TOTAL Solar eclipse!

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Clouds & Rain Will Obscure Sat. April 4, 2015 ‘Blood Red’ Lunar Eclipse In New Hampshire.

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Not looking good for New Hampshire.

>> October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse.

>> Oct. 17 astronomy presentation in Alton.

>> April 15 eclipse video — Apr. 15, 2014.
>> April 15 eclipse images Apr. 15, 2014.
>> Apr. 15, 2014 ‘blood red’ — Apr. 14, 2014.

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Basically a bad repetition of what happened to us in New Hampshire in October 2014 when we had the last ‘Blood Red‘ moon. We had a bad storm.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 (my daughter Danielle’s birthday) will be cloudy and rainy for much of the day — with the rain forecast to end around noon. But that will be way too late for us to see the eclipse. The eclipse, which will only last 4 minutes and 43 seconds for U.S. Eastern Seaboard viewers, starts at 6:16 AM Eastern time.

98% chance that we will have rain and clouds around that time. Shame.

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But there is GOOD News.

Do not despair.

There will be another ‘Blood Red’ Lunar Eclipse, in New Hampshire,
on September 28, 2015.


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

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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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Lunar Eclipse Over New Hampshire Tonight Starting At Moon Rise: ~6 pm.

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We just went out, i.e., 8 pm, in the van to get above the tree line.
Can’t see any sign of the eclipse. Moon is beautiful and bright.
Below the tree line from the house even at 8pm. It might be later in the night.

<< It was very faint and occurred more or less at moonrise — when obscured by trees in much of NH.
Here is an update from Space.com. >>

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Click to access NASA PDF sheet with further details.


If we don’t have any clouds this could be fun.

The moon was spectacular last night during my one hour walk around Wolfeboro 7:20 to 8:20.


Today Is The Infamous ‘Ides Of March’, Middle Of March, March 15.

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A Roman mosaic for March, which appears top right in the graphic — March the first month of the Roman year BECAUSE that was the month the Roman armies would start to ‘march’ after camping for the winter! Yes march = March. Pretty neat stuff.

Ides of March‘, like so many other English phrases [e.g., ‘forgone conclusion‘, ‘a rose by any other name …’, ‘a sea change‘, ‘Et tu Bruté’], is common currency because it appeared in a Shakespeare play, in this case ‘Julius Caesar‘ — in the warning given to the dictator (but never Emperor) by a female soothsayer: ‘beware of the ides of March’. It just meant the middle of the month.

The early Roman calendar, c. 750 BCE, thought to be a lunar-based, had three fixed points for each month: Kalendae (Kalends), Nonae (Nones) & Idus (Ides).

Kalends (from which we got ‘calendar’) was the first day of the month.

Nones, thought to represent the half-moon, fell on the 5th or 7th of a month and was the 8th day BEFORE the ides!

Ides, thought to represent the full moon, fell on the 13th day of months with 29 days, and on the 15th day of months with 31 days, i.e., March, May, July & October.

The Romans, a strange bunch as you can tell from their numerals and togas, counted backwards from these three points — in the case of Kalends using the first day of the next month!

So to be fair, Ides was the easiest of days to work out, because it was either the 13 or the 15 depending on the Month.

So that is how we get the Ides of March.

But, in reality every month as Ides.


Yes, calendars are another topic that fascinates me and whenever I have sometime I learn about calendars. There is however a ton to learn, just even about the ‘Roman’ calendar we use — though I am slightly conversant with the Buddhist and Sinhalese calendars as well. The Sinhalese New Year, which falls on the same day each year is on April 14.


The most famous thing to have happened on an Ides of March. It changed the course and complexion of world history. The world would have been very different if Julius had ruled for another 20 years, as he easily could have.