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Super Harvest Moon Tonight

Thank you, BitJockey, for this news from 13 WMAZ on tonight’s enormous moon.

AdventureMan and I – before we even knew it was the Super Harvest Moon – took a walk tonight and the moon was glorious – glorious.

The autumnal equinox is Wednesday night — 11:09 p.m. sharp — and it’s a full moon, which can only mean one thing: Super Harvest Moon!

The two rarely occur at the same time — in fact; the last time this happened was almost 20 years ago.

A Harvest Moon is simply defined as the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.
You may be wondering where the term came from. Well, from agriculture! Farmers, before the days of electric lights, depended on bright moonlight to extend the workday beyond sunset. It allowed them to gather their ripening crops in time for market.

The name “Harvest Moon,” came along, as it brought extra harvest.

What can you expect to see? As the sun sets, the full Harvest Moon will rise. The two sources of light will mix together to create a kind of 360-degree, summer-autumn twilight glow that is only seen on rare occasions.

The moon may appear strangely inflated, which is an illusion. A low-hanging moon appears much wider than it really is.

The moon will reach maximum illumination a mere six hours after the equinox. The brilliant planet Jupiter rises a little below the Moon, and they remain close throughout the night.

It is definitely a sight to check out, and with mostly clear skies shouldn’t be a problem in Central Georgia tonight!

Don’t miss it or you’ll have to wait until 2029!

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Beauty, Technical Issue | | 2 Comments

Computer Simulation Shows Winds Parting Red Sea

I found this on BBC News: Science/Environment where you can read the entire story and view a computer simulation of how 63 mph winds could force the waters apart and hold them apart long enough for Moses and his people to cross the Red Sea.

Computer simulations show how the movement of wind could have parted the waters of the Red Sea
New computer simulations have shown how the parting of the Red Sea, as described in the Bible, could have been a phenomenon caused by strong winds.

The account in the Book of Exodus describes how the waters of the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to flee their Egyptian pursuers.

Simulations by US scientists show how the movement of wind could have opened up a land bridge at one location.

This would have enabled people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety.

The results are published in the open-access journal Plos One.

The researchers show that a strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have pushed water back at a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon. With the water pushed back into both waterways, a land bridge would have opened at the bend, enabling people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety.

As soon as the wind died down, the waters would have rushed back in.

The study is based on a reconstruction of the likely locations and depths of Nile delta waterways, which have shifted considerably over time.

“The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus,” said the study’s lead author Carl Drews, from the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

“The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics. The wind moves the water in a way that’s in accordance with physical laws, creating a safe passage with water on two sides and then abruptly allowing the water to rush back in.”

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Air France Customer Service

At long last, my Mom is coming to Pensacola for a visit.

After days of to-and-fro-ing with Mom and Big Diamond, after countless visits to Expedia and Travelocity and Delta, I was able to talk with Andre’ at Air France who, once he heard I was booking for my 88 year old mother, spent an hour with me, finding flights she could handle, (not too early in the morning, not too many stops, wheelchair assists, etc.) finding first class seats and confirming them, making sure Mom would fly in comfort.

“Thank you, thank you so much” I kept babbling, as he clicked and clicked, trying to find days and flights that would work.

“It’s my job” he would say.

The very last time I thanked him, it changed.

“Well,” he said, “when you said the word ‘mother’ then I knew I could not stop until everything was perfect.”

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Air France is lucky to have him. Bravo, Andre’.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Cultural, Customer Service, Pensacola, Seattle, Travel, Values | 5 Comments