Next full moon picnic will be Friday May 24 from 8:30 pm until 10:30 pm.
Sunset and moonrise will both be around 9:20 pm.
May is known by American Indians for the Full Flower Moon because of the wide appearance of flowers during this month. It's also known as Full Corn Planting Moon (for obvious reasons) and as the Milk Moon (for reasons unknown to me, but ones you're invited to research or invent).
WHAT: Everyone brings food and drink to share. Cops will probably be enforcing the ban on alcohol (that runs from May 1 to Oct 31), so disguise your wine well, in juice containers; be discreet and don't get drunk!
WHERE: Pont des Arts. We'll gather around a bench at one end of the bridge or the other - probably near the Left Bank side. (The moon will rise behind Ile de Cite and the best angle will be at the ends of the bridge.) Nearest metros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli.
WHEN: Friday May 24 from 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
WHY: Share one of the most memorable sights in Paris with some of the nicest people around.
WHO: You and your friends.
THEME: If you're coming to Pont des Arts be sure to wear some flowers in your hair (or on your lapel or just bring 'em to decorate the table.
HOW to find us: Keep your ears open for English and laughter and flower children; keep your eyes out for a small white telescope on tripod if the sky is clear. Check in by cell phone if you can't find us:[masked]
PUZZLER I: A few days ago NASA announced that they had recorded a big explosion on the moon on March 17. It was as bright as a 4th magnitude star, bright enough to be seen by your naked eye. It was caused by the impact of a meteoroid weighing 40 kg and traveling 56,000 miles per hour. The one second flash was 10 times as bright as any previously recorded. How could there be an explosion if the moon has no oxygen, in fact no atmosphere at all? (Obviously this is another conspiracy hoax event, non?) Also why is it important for NASA to study meteoroid impacts on the moon?
PUZZLER I ANSWER: The flash was not the result of combustion, but from the glow of molten rock that was vaporized by the sudden transfer of all that kinetic energy upon impact. NASA has been studying meteoroid impacts since 2005 because it will help identify times of the year that may put astronauts at greater risk during future moon walks, etc. BTW, the reason so many craters are visible on the moon and not on earth is because without water and atmosphere as on earth, there is no erosion on the moon to erase the craters over time.
PUZZLER II: The official full moon is on May 25, but the moon will actually be fuller during our picnic on Friday than on Saturday. Why?
PUZZLER II ANSWER: The moon is not full for a whole day, only for a moment in time. In Central European time that moment is at 6:26 AM on May 25 which is actually closer to the moon you've just seen the night before rather than the moon you'll see the night after. (For the same reason the full moon is technically on Saturday on the east coast of the US, but on Friday for the rest of the country.)
Ciao for niao,