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January 20, 2019, Blood Red Lunar Eclipse Over Central New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge



Despite the HUGE storm we had, clouds cleared around 8pm and the moon was visible.

I took this picture, with my Nikon P900 superzoom, 2-minutes after midnight. It was 0°F (-18°C). It was cold and I was standing there WITHOUT a jacket. The cold affected the Nikon more than I! This is probably way outside its operating temperature. (I haven’t checked.) The autofocus was struggling and it was handheld. Hence the blur. To be honest, I didn’t really care. It was just this dim, orange disc. So, this is the best, I have. Enjoy.


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January 20, 2019, Lunar Eclipse Most Likely Obscured In New Hampshire By Clouds.

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. From ‘timeanddate.com’. Easy enough to find.


Click to ENLARGE. New Hampshire Forecast, for Sunday night, January 20, 2019, from ‘The Weather Channel’.


I was worried about this. Then I heard about the big storm. That got me more concerned. The eclipse, however, is going to be late. That might help. But, this is just an early heads up. Don’t get your hopes up. You will see a lot about the eclipse on the media, but clouds might be a real problem for us. OK? Sorry.


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A ‘Big Bad’ Collision In The Asteroid Belt In November 2018?

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Click to ENLARGE. On Twitter.


Click to access CNET original.


Click to access ‘SpaceWeather’ original.


Wow. We know that collisions are not uncommon in the Asteroid Belt and much of what we find in that clutter of rocks is the aftermath of millions, if not billions, of collisions going back at least a couple of billion years. We just never get to see them. Asteroids are small.

Well, this looks like the aftermath of one heck of a collision. Check it out. Interesting.


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I Am Miffed With Amazon’s Jeff Bezos For His Affair (& Divorce) BUT Not For The Reasons YOU May Think.

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From the UK ‘Daily Mail‘.
But you can get the story anywhere …

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As a huge, very long-term fan of Amazon, an Amazon shareholder and an admirer of (the incomparable) Jeff Bezos I was rather disappointed when I read about the divorce and, of course, the affair that prompted it. As soon as I heard ‘divorce’ I knew that there had to be at least one ‘affair’. So, that part shocked me none.

I feel that Jeff has let many of us DOWN. First and foremost he is now 54. I think that that it is a tad too old to be carrying on like this. I think ’50’ is a good, respectable age to settle down.

Then, my main beef. IF you are going to have an affair and get a divorce AT LEAST do it with a YOUNG woman — or with his unprecedented wealth 2 or 3 young women! Jeez. She is 49. 49. Jeff, what are YOU thinking. You should have got yourself TWO 24 year olds.

And … sending pictures of your — supposedly BIG — genitals. Jeff …. That is not on. A 54-year old man does NOT sent pictures of his genitals — however, huge — to a 49-year old MARRIED woman.

Oh, that is the OTHER thing. Jeff … why a married woman … and OLD one at that. At your age and with your wealth.

I am disappointed Jeff. I expected better from YOU.

Those pictures?

How can YOU face your staff. You could be worth $1T but will people ever respect YOU again.

Poor show Jeff. You might be the smartest man alive — and definitely the richest — but you let yourself down BADLY.


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Venus – Jupiter Conjunction Over New Hampshire, Early Mornings, Mid-January 2019.

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Click to ENLARGE. Base sky map, AS ALWAYS, from neave.com/planetarium/.


I think it will just about clear the tree line. This is just after 6am. Sunrise is not until ~7:15am. So, plenty of time.

Not for I. I will still be in bed. But, wanted to make sure that you early risers knew of this. Enjoy. Let me know what it was like.


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January 5 – 6, 2019, Partial Solar Eclipse Not Visible From New England (Or Even East Coast).

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘timeanddate.com’.


You might see it in the new BUT it, from the U.S., is only visible if you are westernmost Alaska. It is essentially a far-eastern eclipse. So do not feel that you missed out. Not our turn.

But, do not despair. We have a total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, weather permitting. More on that as we get closer. OK?


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2018 VG18 Is NOT A Dwarf Planet, Also NOT The Furthest Known Object In The Solar System.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_VG18


2018 VG18

Is NOT a dwarf planet. It is a possible dwarf planet CANDIDATE.

It is NOT the farthest known object in the solar system. 90377 Sedna goes out much, much further as do most of the non-periodic comets.

It is the farthest object OBSERVED in the Solar System. Both Sedna and Dwarf Planet Eris were closer to the sun in their long, elliptical orbits when they were discovered. That is key here. Farthest observed.

How can I be so sure about these things. Very simple. I wrote THE BOOK on Dwarf Planets!



Click to ENLARGE and read. This is about how they discovered Eris when it was 90 AU out.


We had another FALSE Dwarf Planet claim in 2016. Click image to access that post.


So this is exciting, but we have to keep it in perspective.

It has now been over 10-years — YES, 10-years — since we have had a NEW dwarf planet. There is politics here and possibly even some second-thoughts and regrets, Maybe they were hasty in coming up with the classification ‘dwarf planet’. Minor planet and trans-Neptunian object (TNO) might have sufficed.

But, I will keep you posted.


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From MY book. Click on cover image above.



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