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Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon, Was Discovered This Day 362-Years Ago; March 25, 1655.

by Anura Guruge

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Titan is the HUGE yellowish orb — too big to be fitted, per scale, in this diagram.

Titan is marked with the ‘T’.

So neat. Discovered ahead of Uranus — the first planet discovered with a telescope.

That Titan is the second largest Moon in the Solar System (to date) helped, Jupiter’s ‘Ganymede’, discovered 45 years earlier being the largest.

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by Anura Guruge

Uranus Was Discovered 236-Years Ago, By British Astronomer William Herschel.

by Anura Guruge

First planet discovered by a KNOWN person. The other 6 (including Earth) had been known about since antiquity.

First planet discovered with the aid of a telescope.

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As with the discovery of Pluto, I talked about the Uranus discovery in my 2011 full-color, paperback & e-book Devanee’s Book of Dwarf Planets (which is definitely worth looking at (even if I say so myself)). 


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Comet ISON Over New Hampshire (NH): Viewing The Comet.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ISONPrintCover150206
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Comet ISON's naked eye visible path for New England -- from my ISON book.

Comet ISON’s naked eye visible path for New England — from my ISON book.

What I say about viewing comet ISON in my main comet ISON book. 99 cents in Kindle.

What I say about viewing comet ISON in my main comet ISON book. 99 cents in Kindle.

A couple of folks, yesterday and today, were inquiring as to when Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON), will be visible over New Hampshire.

I assume they meant naked-eye visible. The comet has been visible telescopically for just over a year — with ~9 week hiatus between May – July when the glare of the Sun was between us and the comet.

It won’t be naked eye visible, even if you have exceptional eyesight till later this month, i.e., October. Early November is more promising. To start with it might just be visible at dawn. After perihelion, assuming it survives its very close sungrazing passage, it should be visible, vividly, throughout the night during December — with luck.

I am doing presentations on ISON at the Taylor Community (in Laconia) and at the Alton Public Library during the first week in November. I will post more details soon. So, if you are interested, come to one of those. Would love to see you. I am also speaking at Portsmouth Rotary, but that is after Thanksgiving.

New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club and Arthur C. Clarke Being American.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

  by Anura Guruge

Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka with the famed Sigiriya rock fortress with its fabled images of topless beauties behind him.

What Arthur C. Clarke is MOST famous for though this was BUT just a small part of his huge legacy … Click image to read about Arthur in Wikipedia.

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for more about my induction to the Laconia Rotary Club ….

So per President Kinney’s instructions I did my two presentations to the club about my life, the first devoted to my early days.

A few weeks later, per the club edict that you really must mingle, I sat at the informally designated ‘head table’ for what was always an outstanding buffet lunch. The professional dignitaries invariably gravitated to this table.

On of those at the table was a recently retired surgeon from Laconia. Big guy in every sense of the word, but very nice. He had just recently been the President of some prestigious board of NE surgeons (possibly doctors). His brother was a dentist (in Laconia) and a member of the club. They always sat at the same table. The dentist was a chair-smoker. Whenever I saw him I would have these images of him, in the 70s (when I assumed there were no laws against where you smoked), leaning over his patients with a cigarette dangling from his lips.

I am seated diagonally from the surgeon; his brother seated next to him.

The surgeon puts down his cutlery, looks up at me and says: ‘So Anu, who is the MOST famous American author living in Ceylon … Sri Lanka?

I am stumped. I don’t know. I THOUGHT that maybe he was getting Arthur C. Clarke confused, but dared not mention that name.

I had, in my 1st presentation mentioned Arthur C. Clarke. Pointed out that he had moved to Ceylon in the late 1940s for the sunken shipwrecks that he dove (and for some other local ‘attractions’). Mentioned that my father knew him and that the very first telescope that I had seen (and used) belonged to Arthur C. Clarke. It was a brass telescope and Arthur had lent it to my father for a couple of nights. My father managed to find Saturn with it. Was I impressed and hooked. Wow. Yes, I could see the rings. I am sure Arthur gave my father directions as to where to point as my father, though an expert in many fields, is not an expert when it comes to the night sky. So I had covered Arthur in my presentation. So you can blame Arthur for my abiding interest in astronomy.

So, I am hesitating.

The surgeon by now is visibly getting excited. He goes: ‘Hhhhmmm. I thought you would KNOW. It is Arthur C. Clarke‘.

I am shocked. I am amazed. But, I have a knack of always hedging my bets …

So, I say: ‘You know, I am fairly sure Clarke is BRITISH‘.

This is a TRUE story with no embellishments whatsoever. But, can we PLEASE have a drum roll here …

He turns a bit pink and splutters:
Ha … He writes DAMN WELL for not being American’!


That to me will always be how I remember Laconia Rotary.