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attend the Full Moon Picnic - Tuesday 17 May 9-11 pm, Pont des Arts

Ahoy there,

Next full moon picnic will be Tuesday, May 17 from 9 pm until 11 pm. 
Sunset will be around 9pm with moonrise about 10:20 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.

WHERE: Pont des Arts. We'll gather around a bench between the center of the bridge and the Right Bank (Louvre side). Nearest metros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli.

WHEN:  Tuesday May 17 from 9 pm - 11 pm

WHY: Share one of the most memorable sights in Paris with some of the nicest people around.

WHO: You and your friends.

THEME: Bring flowers (to wear in your hair or to decorate the "table") or things made of flour (to eat). Hey, it's hard coming up with themes. Feel free to forward your suggestions. I Googled May 17 and found out that it's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia otherwise known as IDAHO for short and I certainly don't know what to do with that. But it does make me wonder what people living in Idaho must think!

HOW to find us: Keep your ears open for English and laughter; 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]

SKY NEWS: "Have you ever woken up at the crack of dawn, shuffled to the kitchen counter for your first cup of joe, only to discover that you're out of coffee beans? Cruel. This week it's not a problem, because there's something to open your eyes even better than coffee." (Be grateful that my attempts at bringing astronomy down to earth are hardly worse than this quote from NASA. ;-)

This month, there's a rare alignment of 4 of the 5 planets visible to the naked eye, according to astronomers. (According to me, there are 6 planets visible to the naked eye because I count Earth. Duh!) Anyway, you now have the opportunity to witness this rare alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. The catch is that they're only visible before sunrise so this treat is for late night carousers or early bird risers. The alignment pattern shifts every day as the planets move relative to each other (which is where the name "planet" comes from the Greek meaning "wanderer" or "wandering star" to distinguish if from fixed stars). "The show comes to an end on May 30th when an exquisite crescent Moon joins the four planets for a Grand Finale--five heavenly lights dotting the eastern sky all at once." For the full account go to:

PUZZLER: Is the doomsday prediction true - the moon will not rise on May 19th? The moon will rise on Wednesday and it will rise again on Friday, but not on Thursday. And even more puzzling, it will set on Wednesday, it will set on Thursday and it will set on Friday. Can this prediction be true?

PUZZLER ANSWER: Yes, it's true (in Western Europe anyway). The moon will rise at 11:07 pm on Wednesday and will set at 12:02 am on Friday. Hey, it's just as hard coming up with Puzzlers as it is with Themes. So why not send me some better Puzzlers - or puzzling questions?

ciao for niao,
Captain Bob

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  • Captain B.

    Fantastic view of the moonrise last night. Wonderful photos uploaded today. Thanks for sharing once again, Virgil. You da man!

    May 18, 2011

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