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Rattlesnakes (Timber Rattlers) In New Hampshire — We Supposedly Had Two In Our Woods.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access “The Baysider” original in today’s, i.e., May 16, 2019, issue.


I do NOT like snakes! Period.

It doesn’t matter whether they are small or large, striped or spotted, venomous or harmless, green or brown. I do NOT like snakes.

There is, of course, a very good reason as to why I don’t like snakes. I grew up in a country, Ceylon, where we had deadly snakes, King Cobras among them, and you personally knew of folks who had died from snake bites. I remember one incident when a boy of about 19, who lived nearby, got bitten by a cobra. I don’t think we had anti-venom then. The whole neighbourhood kept vigil around this boy’s house, late into the night, as he died. I remember that starkly.

So, I do NOT like snakes.

This column in our local newspaper today sent a shudder down my spine. It CONFIRMED, quite forcefully, that we do indeed have rattlesnakes in New Hampshire. They are called Timber Rattlers.

It gets worse, especially since I do NOT like snakes.

When we bought this house, in Alton, in 2007, the neighbour next door, an busybody Baptist pastor — who alas was also a Selectman — had decided to appropriate, for free, some of our land. Thanks to a corrupt Realtor we only learnt of this illegal incursion after we signed the contract and parted with the check. It took some time and money to sort out and one of the things we needed was a complete professional survey of our property to make sure that we had managed to recoup the land that this bugger had stolen.

We hired a well known and reputable ‘local’ surveyor. He was very nice.

There was, as always, two of them. Around noon they came to see us, quite flustered and red. They had seen seen two Timber Rattlers in the woods! They insisted that they knew what they had seen and that rattlers were occasionally seen in NH. I was beside myself. I do NOT go in the woods much. Have not heard of any reports, since, of rattlers in the neighbourhood.

Then this story. YIKES.

I do NOT like snakes.


Scary coincidence here.

I had, just last week, read a real scary story of a real serious, though not-deadly, rattlesnake bite in Yosemite National Park no less. Yes, I like the West and we travel to the West often — including last Summer to Canyon de Chelly (yet again). Running into a rattler is one of my perennial frights.

Click to ENLARGE. In the April 2019 issue of “Reader’s Digest”.


That is enough about snakes.

Did I mention: I do NOT like snakes.


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by Anura Guruge

Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS): Where To Spot In The Northern Skies.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Naked Eye Visible … — Mar. 6, 2013.
2/ Comet First of two BIG 2013 comets: C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS)
>>Mar. 5, 2013.


Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) will be visible to Northern hemisphere observers near the cresent moon on March 12th. This ‘map’ provided by NASA. Click to ENLARGE.


Another image from NASA, but this seen down-under in Australia. Click to ENLARGE. To see it as they saw it in Oz, you will have to stand on your head or turn your monitor upside down.


Another image, again down under. Now you know the drill. Click to ENLARGE. Somehow rotate the image to get the Australian view.


Perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) is today, March 10, 2013. As it turns around the Sun it also crosses the celestial equator, moving from the southern skies to the ones that really count — the northern skies, i.e., US. People are already seeing it — those close to the equator, such as my brethren in Sri Lanka getting early dibs.

As I have said before March 12 & 13 should be particularly good since the crescent Moon will provide a good reference. Try and get to a high point, like a small hill, so that you can see over trees — if you live in the country.

Enjoy. I will try and keep you posted.

Here are two useful links: NASA & Space Weather.

Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) Should Be Naked Eye Visible March 12 & 13, 2013, At Sunset, Near Crescent Moon.

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Anura Guruge


C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) over South Africa — last week.




C/2011 L4 as indicated by its official designation was discovered in 2011, on June 6, 2011.

It was discovered ‘robotically’ [i.e., by automated, computer software scanning digital images] by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) initiative whose telescopes are located at the summit of Mount Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii. Hence the parenthetical name ‘Pan-STARRS’.

Calling it Comet Pan-STARRS is wrong and meaningless!

The Pan-STARRS program, an automated survey of the sky, discovers comets at a rapid rate. There are many, many comets with the parenthetical name ‘Pan-STARRS’ — this name denoting the discoverer. It is only real and unique name is C/2011 L4. Comet’s can only be named after a person involved with its discovery (or the calculation of its orbit). Comets such as this one, discovered by computer software, are not assigned a name of a person. And NO, you cannot buy its name.

Alas, it won’t be very bright. So, provided we have clear skies, next Tuesday and Wednesday, close to the Moon — around sunset.