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Jupiter Over New Hampshire: At Its Closest For 2019, Next Week; Largest Moons Visible With Binoculars.

by Anura Guruge


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


Weather Will Permit.

Click to ENLARGE. From: wunderground.com for Central New Hampshire.


Every year, given the orbital dynamics, the Earth and Jupiter are atypically close for a period of around 3-weeks. This year, Jupiter will be closest to Earth next week, i.e., mid-June, 2019.

When it is this close Jupiter is only 365 million miles away. At its furthest it is 601 million miles out. So, that is quite a variance.

It will be so close that you will be able to see Jupiter’s largest satellites with just binoculars. (Jupiter currently has 79 known moons!) Watching Jupiter’s moons is ALWAYS cool and being able to do so with binoculars is a bonus. Much easier than trying to follow them with an ametuer telescope (and trust me, I have).

The weather will cooperate on at least some of the days. So, make sure to check. Showers during the day and still give us cloudless nights.

Enjoy.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part 41; While Recovering From Knee Surgery — March 9, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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No post-processing whatsoever!

Anura Guruge selfie knee surgery



Second day after my major knee surgery on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Just about 48-hours because the ‘what had been outstandingnerve block catheter was running out of juice — exactly as they had told me.

First outing since the surgery. We had to go to the dump. Took our Ford Taurus. Not as easy getting into it as is the Nissan Quest. But, I managed.

I couldn’t get in and out. I was stuck in the car. Then I saw this apparition in the rearview mirror. Couldn’t resist.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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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‘Acadia National Park’ (Maine) Remains Partially Open Despite 2018 Government Shutdown.

by Anura Guruge


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Despite the Shutdown that started at midnight Friday, Acadia National Park stayed partially open on Saturday, January 20, 2018 and the plans are that that would continue to be the case Sunday.

Only a very small section of the Park Loop Road, on Mount Desert Island, is open — due to snow and ice. They will not be opening any new stretches during the Shutdown.

All the toilets are closed and I assume as are the Visitor Centers. The Park Rangers will also not respond to any emergencies. You will have to call 911 and get State or Town help.

But, they have NOT closed the gates! That is good — but that can change.

An irony of such Shutdowns is that they STOP updating Government Websites! So, you can’t find the latest status of Park closing on the Web. They will not be answering the phone either.

But, for now, this is better than what happened during the 2013 Shutdown when they did close the gates pretty early on.

I will try to keep you posted.


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