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attend the Moonrise Picnic - Sun 13 Nov 6:30 - 8 PM, Pont des Arts

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Ahoy there,
The next moonrise picnic will be Sun, November 13 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm. This is NOT the full moon. The full moon will actually be 3 days earlier on Nov 10 but it rises too early (5 pm) to meet, so this is an opportunity to get a more interesting view as moon gazers saw last time with the partial moon revealing the relief of the surface because of the shadows around the craters. Moonrise will be around 7:20 pm.

American Indians called November the Beaver Moon. Some people claim this was because it was the last chance to set traps to supply themselves with warm furs for the cold the cold winter ahead. Personally I'm skeptical that Indians would wait until the last minute to build their wardrobe. My theory is that Full Beaver Moon comes from the point of view of the beavers as they make their own preparations for winter. It's also called the Frosty Moon.

WHAT: Everyone brings food and drink to share. Weather looks promising, but always popular to bring hot drinks: hot cider, hot chocolate, spiced wine, coffee, etc. Ban on alcohol is no longer in effect (after Oct 31).

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: Sunday, November 13, 6:30 pm - 8:00 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: 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 a : If you look in the sky tonight (and probably the next few days) you see a bright star near the waxing gibbous moon. What is it?

PUZZLER b : Did you feel the wind blow and the hair stand up on the back of you neck on Tuesday? Did you see the movie Melancholia? (Don't, it's a long slow downer.)

PUZZLER ANSWER a : It's actually not a star, but the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter.

PUZZLER ANSWER b : Well, the wind wasn't caused by an asteroid and the world didn't end, but an aircraft carrier sized rock whizzed by at 30,000 mph, nearer to the earth than the moon. If it had hit it would have caused 70 foot tsunamis and most activities on earth would have been cancelled - but not our picnic!

ciao for niao,
Captain Bob