Next full moon picnic will be Wednesday, May 14 from 8:30 - 10:30 pm. Sunset will be around 9pm with moonrise about 9:30 pm.
See Puzzler below for special astronomical event that happens this week, only visible in Paris!
Catherine will be our wonderful hostess guaranteeing a great gathering as always, as I'll be in Poland. That's two misses in a row for me :-(
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: Wednesday May 14 from 8:30 - 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: 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.
HOW to find us: Keep your eyes out for a bunch of lunatics eating, drinking an chatting in English and French. No telescope this time.. Check in by cell phone if you can't find us:[masked]
PUZZLER: What special event will be visible at sunset from the Champs Elysees starting today through May 10 (or 12) between approximately 9 PM and 9:10 PM?
PUZZLER ANSWER: Yes, the sunset will be visible under the arch in the Arc de Triomphe. Best view is probably from around Rond Point. The further you get from the Arc, the bigger the sun appears to be. Of course, it's really the Arc that looks smaller. At Concorde the arch is slightly larger than the sun and the stupid roof of le Grande Arche cuts across and ruins the picture. Better to be closer where you won't see the Grande Arch roof and will see the disk of the sun match the curve inside the arch. Don't look directly at the sun, especially through a camera lens unless you have a safety filter.
This "Stonehenge" sunset happen again at the beginning of August.
ciao for niao,