Archive | January 2, 2017

Compelling Moon, Venus & Mars Conjunction Over New Hampshire, January 3, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

Taken around 6pm, on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Alton, New Hampshire -- handheld from my Nikon P900 (at 2,000mm zoom). Click to ENLARGE.

Taken around 6pm, on Monday, January 2, 2017, in Alton, New Hampshire — handheld from my Nikon P900 (at 2,000mm zoom). Click to ENLARGE.


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January 3, 2017.


Base sky map, as ever, is from:

Venus is the BRIGHT and bigger orb — at the bottom.

Mars is smaller and fainter — and at the top.

The ‘bigger’ light blue orb is Uranus — which is NOT naked eye visible. OK? So you will only see Venus, Mars and the Moon.

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by Anura Guruge

Have You Heard Of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, “Father Of the U.S. Nuclear Navy”?

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

No. I had never heard of him — but then again I am not an aficionado of any navy or for that matter armed forces in general.

I came across Admiral Hyman G. Rickover at the EXCELLENT “Submarine Force Library & Museum” in Groton, Connecticut — a few miles from Mystic during our stay at ‘Mohegan Sun‘ for the New Year.

The whole area around Mystic is famous for its submarines. That I knew.

Finding and visiting this Museum, which has the original nuclear-powered ‘Nautilus‘, SSN 571, was serendipitous.

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, New Year’s Eve, we were driving around Mystic taking in the sights when the sign to the museum caught my eye. I knew that they would, at a minimum, have a few submarines on display outside. I was not disappointed. PLUS, IT IS FREE. Our tax money at work — in the best possible way.

Great, WONDERFUL museum. Very well done. Kudos. Bravo. Yes, I will do a post on it — with more pictures.

I have been inside at least two submarines — at museums, of course. So, I am not a total stranger to submarines and what it is like to be inside one. So, for I, the MOST interesting this I learned at this museum was about Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. What a guy. Intriguing and inspirational.

Reminded me of General Leslie Groves & Robert Oppenheimer who together made the U.S. atomic bomb a reality. Exceptional men.

rickoverI ordered a book on Rickover that same day. I probably will get a couple more books. Folks like that truly inspire me.

Check him out. Wikipedia has a decent write-up. He is the only person who has ever been awarded two Congressional Gold Medals! Wow. 63-years of ACTIVE duty. They forced him to retire when he was 80. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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by Anura Guruge

“Cinderella” By “State Ballet Theatre Of Russia”, FREE, At The N.H. “Capitol Center For The Arts”, Concord.

by Anura Guruge


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Another exciting and hopefully very good FREE event thanks to the ‘William H. Gile‘ endowment concert series.

We have been to a few of these over the years and they have been extremely rewarding and fun: viz. “Red Hot Chilli Pipers“, “Ballroom with a Twist“, & “Swan Lake“. The later was by the same Russian troupe. For ‘Free’ you can’t really go wrong.

The “Capitol Center” online reservation system is not great, particularly if it has to deal with any kind of load, so be patient and keep on trying.

The rumor that Trump, with his fondness for all things Russian, will attend has yet to be confirmed.

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