Ahoy there and Happy New Year,
The next moonrise picnic will be Sat, Jan 26 from 17h30 until 19h30 PM. Moonrise will be around 15h45 PM (so don't be late!)
This full moon was known as known to American Indians as the Full Wolf Moon as wolves howled nearby in the long winter night. It has also been called the "Moon After Yule." Catherine will be the host as Captain Bob is in the US.
Please RSVP Catherine if you're coming: [masked]
WHAT: Everyone brings food and drink to share. Hot drinks are HIGHLY recommended.
WHERE: Pont des Arts. We'll gather around a bench towards the Left Bank side of the bridge. Nearest metros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli.
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
WHY: Share one of the most memorable sights in Paris with some of the nicest people around.
WHO: You and your friends.
HOW to find us: Shouldn't be hard. We'll be the lunatics chattering in English - I mean we'll be speaking English and our teeth will be chattering. We'll also be the ONLY ones on the bridge. Check in with Catherine by cell phone if you can't find us: 06.8726.5239.
THEME: Crisp Celebration. Apple Crisp ("Crumble") anyone? Hot cider, hot chocolate, spiced wine, coffee, etc. will be most welcome.
PUZZLER: The circumference of the Earth is approximately 40,000 km at the equator. Imagine circling the Earth with a rope 40,000 km long that snuggly touches a smoothed surface all the way around (no mountains or valleys). Now cut the rope and add 3 meters to it's length. Now imagine the rope distributed equally around the Earth, ie. floating an equal distance about the surface all the way around the equator. Question: Would you be able to slide under the rope without pulling or stretching it.
Don't read the Puzzler Answer if you first want to figure out whether your intuition is correct.
PUZZLER ANSWER: Yes. If you figure out the new diameter of the rope after you add 3 meters, it turns out that the gap between rope and Earth will be about half a meter all the way around. You can figure this out yourself using the formula that Circumference = 2πr.
ciao for niao,