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attend Full Moon Picnic Tues 29 May 9-11 PM
Ahoy there, Next full moon picnic will be Tues, May 29 from 9 - 11 pm. Moonrise will both be around 9:40 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 near the center of the bridge. Nearest metros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli. WHEN: Tuesday, May 29 from 9-11 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). Or come with your best corny jokes? BIRTHDAYS: Are you an Gemini? If so, bring a cake and let me know so we can celebrate your birthday this month and blow out the world’s largest birthday candle at exactly 10:05 pm. HOW to find us: Keep your eyes out for a bunch of lunatics eating, drinking an chatting in English and French. Look for a small white telescope, weather permitting. PUZZLER: What’s the difference between a Blue Marble and a Pale Blue Dot? (Hint: They were both “selfies" - even before we had the term.) PUZZLER ANSWER: The difference is 18 years and 6.4 billion kilometers. In 1972 astronauts on the last Moon mission, Apollo 17 took the famous but unauthorized self-portrait of earth, called the “Blue Marble.” You can see the photo and read the full story here: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com/2015/07/blue-marble-shot-history/ In 1990 Voyager I on its way into interstellar space, turned around a took a final photo in the direction of Earth. You can see the photo and read astronomer Carl Sagan's poetically thought provoking essay here: http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/earth/pale-blue-dot.html An interesting sequel to the story - after remaining idle for 37 years, NASA tried to restart the thrusters this past December. Scientists at JPL had to dig up decades old software written in obsolete assembler language. Did they succeed? Read more here: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/voyager-1-fires-up-thrusters-after-37 "I’ve often heard people say: ‘I wonder what it would feel like to be on board a spaceship,’ and the answer is very simple. What does it feel like? That’s all we have ever experienced. We are all astronauts on a little spaceship called Earth." -R. Buckminster Fuller ciao for niao, Captain Bob

Pont des Arts

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    Ahoy there. Join us for a potluck picnic on the Pont des Arts footbridge in the center of Paris while you watch the full moon rise over the Seine. The best view after dark in the City of Lights with some of the nicest people around. This group has been meeting for half a dozen years with announcements via email and word of mouth - and now for the first time on Meetup.com. We meet every month, weather and schedules permitting, to enjoy a potluck picnic on Pont des Arts, the footbridge in the center of Paris, while we watch the full moon rise. Everybody brings finger food, drinks and conversation to share. My direct email is bobmohl2@aol.com Ciao for niao, Captain Bob

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