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The LAST Solar Eclipse YOU Saw Over New England Was That Of May 10, 1994.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Time and Date’ at: timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/1994-may-10

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_May_10,_1994

So, if tomorrow, Monday, August 21, 2017 you start wondering as to when you might have seen another Solar Eclipse, over NEW ENGLAND, it would have been on Tuesday, May 10, 1994.

I remember it. I watched it from New Ipswich, New Hampshire. It was NOT a total solar eclipse.

We in New England did NOT see the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse. So, if you hear folks going on about the 2012 eclipse don’t feel bad. It never reached New England.

Again remember what you will be watching is the MOON passing across the face of the Sun. Not some shadow. Got that?

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College of Cardinals, On November 19, 2016, Following The Creating Of The 17 New Cardinals By Pope Francis.

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From my ‘magic’ College of Cardinals
Excel spreadsheet.

Click image to ENLARGE and study.


Click here for Pre-Consistory Statistics.

Click here for details on the 17 new cardinals.


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College of Cardinals, On November 1, 2016, 18 Days Ahead Of Consistory — 109 Cardinal Electors, 211 Cardinals.

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From my ‘magic’ College of Cardinals
Excel spreadsheet.

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The cardinals that recently turned 80 and those that are currently 79-years old.


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Olympic Medals At Rio 2016 Per Population Of Country.

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The medals table for Rio 2016 in terms of TOTAL MEDALS per country — for 10 medals and up. Click to ENLARGE.


TOTAL MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘totals’ come towards the bottom of the table.


GOLD MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘GOLDS’ — the ranking you are most used to seeing. But when population is factored in they come towards the bottom of the table.

I used to have a very British father-in-law who was passionate and knowledgeable about sports — in particular football, cricket, rugby, Formula 1 and the Olympics. I used to spend a lot of time talking and watching sports with him. We would even call each other up on the phone to talk cricket and he used to take me to football games (he a Bristol City Season Ticket holder) and I would take him to cricket matches, especially Tests and World Cups at Lord’s. He, whenever, the Olympics (whether Summer or Winter) or the Commonwealth Games came up, would maintain, unwaveringly, that “it was a percentage game”. He was totally convinced that countries with large populations stood a better chance at winning medals than countries with smaller populations since the larger countries, obviously, had a bigger catchment pool. To be fair to him this argument does have some merit.

I think of his contention every time the Olympics come around.

The medal numbers in Rio are, of course, skewed because so many of the Russian athletes were banned because of the doping scandal. If their whole contingent had been able to participate — doping, notwithstanding, Russia would have had more medals.

But I, remembering “Walt’s sage saying”, always try to work out whether it is indeed but a percentage game.

And as my two tables above confirm — IT IS NOT!

Yes, Jamaica is an exception — thanks to Usain Bolt.

But you have the likes of New Zealand, Denmark, Croatia etc.

This medals/population is a very sobering table to consider.

The achievements of U.S. & China — and even my own Great Britain — don’t look as impressive from this perspective.

And it begs the question. What is WRONG with India? A population nearly as big as China, and nearly 4x greater than that of the U.S. and they can only win 2 medals — one silver in women’s badminton & one bronze women’s 58kg freestyle wrestling. Does not make sense. Ditto for Pakistan. No medals! I won’t even mention Sri Lanka. 21 million people and no medals.

Study these tables. They do tell an important story.

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

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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.



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


Click to ENLARGE and read. See copyright notices embedded in the image. From http://www.dogonews.com.

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!