Do you have a solar filter?        
Are you ready for the Solar Eclipse? What you are seeing here is not the latest in mirror technology. It is actually a solar filter. What is a solar filter […]
          Where will you be during the total solar eclipse?        

As the moon completely covers the sun and darkness falls in the middle of day, SCC students, faculty and staff will be among an estimated 10 million in the U.S. who have the unique opportunity to observe a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

As one of seven local colleges and universities within … Continue reading

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          Total eclipse will be sight to behold at sea        
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a total eclipse, viewed from the Caribbean Sea. Royal Caribbean (cruise.center/royalcaribbean) is hosting a week-long Caribbean cruise aboard its massive Oasis of the Seas that will take advantage of the total solar eclipse […]
          ECU TO CONDUCT SOLAR ECLIPSE WORKSHOP ON THURSDAY, AUG. 3        

A free Solar Eclipse Workshop, presented by Dr. Carl Rutledge of the ECU Physics Department, will be conducted at East Central University on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. in Room 101 of ECU’s Lanoy Education Building. The workshop is geared toward educators in grades K-12. The event is designed to prepare students for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Each participant will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. For more information or to reserve a spot for the workshop contact Teresia Harrison, director of the Institute for Math and Science Education, at termhar@ecok.edu or 580-559-5275.

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          Engaged!        
Today started like any other Sunday, waking up late and lazy and having a delicious breakfast (smoothies and peanut butter toast). Then we quickly packed up and left for an afternoon hike in Auburn at Hidden Falls Regional Park. We walked about forty minutes along the trail until we got to a beautiful secluded spot with trees all around, with a very convenient picnic table, where we took out and enjoyed our pasta salad, chocolate covered almonds, and sweet tea. After lunch we continued down to the falls, which were beautiful and also very crowded, so we didn't stay long.

Hidden Falls at the Overlook
We walked back to the main trail and then decided to hike the Pond Turtle Road towards the Seven Pools Loop and Vista Trail, where luckily we discovered there was hardly anyone around! We walked to the end of Pond Turtle and found a little vista overlook next to the river. We played in the river and attempted to skip rocks, and then went up a little hill and found a beautiful shady spot with some trees and flowers and a great view.


We sat down and enjoyed the scenery for a while, and had fun taking some pictures with Nick's fancy camera and the teeny tiny tripod. We had a hard time finding the right soft light but eventually got it right! It was set on a delay and took five pictures at a time. It was a beautiful day and was about three o'clock in the afternoon.


Nick set up the camera one last time to get a picture of us sitting down. He set the camera up and then walked back over to me, but instead of sitting, he got down on one knee and asked, "Will you marry me?"


Of course, the answer was YES! It came out "Duh!" first, of which I am not very proud of, but looking back is pretty funny. I said "Yes!" immediately after, so hopefully that fixes it. Nick just laughed.

Happy! 
Immediately after/during this photo, we were interrupted by a shirtless hippie hiker, who awkwardly asked to get past us on the trail. Poor guy! Now, we were still at the bottom of the trail, a good half hour away from the car, and I was so excited I practically ran up the first hill! We hiked up the rest of the way (all uphill!) holding sweaty hands and admiring my ring. I felt like shouting out at everyone we passed, "We're engaged! We just got engaged! LOOK!" and shoving my hand in their face so they could see what a beautiful ring Nick had custom designed for me. It even has my great-grandmother's (suspected) wedding ring melted into the gold, which makes it even more special.

Sparkly! My precious. ^_~
Once we reached the car, I called my house to see who was home, being very sneaky and casual about everything. My mom was running errands with Nanny, so we decided to surprise Nick's family first! We pulled into their driveway and they all came out of the house to greet us. Their first thought was that somethin was wrong, because we came up with no notice. We walked over to the deck and Nick told them we had a surprise for them. I held up my hand.

Their reaction was great! Nick's mom clapped both hands to her face and gasped, and they were all so surprised! They were also happy, which made me happy too, because I really love Nick's family. We spent about fifteen minutes there talking about how he asked, and when the wedding might be, and admiring my ring, and then his dad had to leave to pick up his grandparents from the airport (they just got back from Hawaii!) and so we left and drove to my parents house.

My mom was still out but would be coming back in about a half hour, and my dad had a member of his band "Close to You" (Carpenter's tribute band, they sound great!) over to practice, so I twisted my ring around so it looked like just a band and we pretended everything was normal. For over two hours, until the friend left.

IT WAS TORTURE.

It was pretty funny afterwards, though! I was dying to tell everyone and was having the hardest time keeping my hand from flinging out and accidentally giving it away. I kept my hand curled over and at my hip a lot, and spent the whole time my mom was back avoiding her. Last night we went out to the symphony with my parents, and my mom noticed that I had taken off my normal small diamond ring from when I was sixteen and was wearing a different costume ring. I knew she would notice this, so I had to stay far away! Nick and I took the dogs for a walk around the circle, and I spent a lot of time running around checking on the cats, and bringing in dog food, and looking at the flowers, and not talking to mom.

Today there was a solar eclipse! We poked a hole in paper with a pin and used it to cast the light from the solar eclipse onto another piece of paper. It was very cool, but also hard, because my mom was always there and I was so afraid she would see my ring and we would have to tell them then! I wanted it to be a big surprise.

After dinner the band friend left (I felt bad, I spent the whole time wanting him to leave instead of making him feel welcome) and we were sitting outside on the deck eating cantaloupe and mango and strawberries when I brought up our hike. Mom asked us how that went, and I said, oh, fine, you know, we saw the waterfall and then walked out to this beautiful secluded area by the river and Nick gave me this. And I held up my hand.

Mom and Dad just froze, and Dad asked, "What kind of ring is that?" and I said, "An engagement ring!" and then they kind of exploded and were like "WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US!" and they got up and gave us hugs and were so excited and happy and it was so much fun! And Troy was on his computer and only paid attention at the part where mom and dad freaked out so he was like, rewind and tell the story again! So we did. 

Currently my mom has sent me about five different emails with wedding venues that look good, and is so, so excited. She has been watching wedding shows for a while since she knew Nick and I were serious. Now she has a reason to plan and be excited! She and dad I think are both very happy for us, and a little bit melancholy for when we were little kids and not getting married. Troy is kind of shocked and keeps saying "I feel old!", but is also being so sweet and happy for us. 

I called all my family and friends and shared the news and they are all so happy for us! Everyone loves Nick already so it was so great to tell them that we were making it official! It was really a very fun evening, and we appreciate everyone's congratulations and good wishes! 

Nick and I are very happy and kind of overwhelmed right now. Tomorrow we are driving back up to Auburn to tell his grandma in person and to drive to my Nanny's and see her in person. I have some more calls to make and then will post it on facebook to let everyone know. 

I feel so very lucky and extremely happy right now! 

          Cool Eclipse Spots In Path Of Totality Not Too Far From Denver        
A total solar eclipse will grace the sky over America on August 21.
          NASA Jets Will Extend Eclipse By Chasing Moon's Shadow        
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0GNqlGNZkI If you're lucky enough to be in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse over North America, you will get at best about 2 ½ minutes to view "totality" – when the moon almost completely covers the disc of the Sun. But a team of NASA-funded scientists have figured out a way to get a much longer look. For them, totality will last three times as long as for the rest of us — more than 7 minutes. They plan to use the extra time to produce detailed observations of the Sun's corona and temperatures on Mercury. How will they do it? A team from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Co., led by Amir Caspi will be flying in a pair of converted Cold War-era jet bombers equipped with stabilized telescopes in their nose cones. They will essentially chase the moon's shadow as the path of totality moves across the central United States. "These could well turn out to be the best ever observations of high frequency phenomena in the corona,"
          Solar Eclipse Glasses        

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          Coming soon: An American eclipse        
American Eclipse by David Baron On Aug. 21of this year, a solar eclipse will slant across the United States, with totality occurring in several western states.
          Join us for the August 21 eclipse        
The New Moon of Monday, August 21, 2017, aligns with the Sun and the Earth well enough to cast its shadow onto the Earth. The umbral shadow, where the Moon completely blocks the Sun, passes across the center of the USA, causing a total solar eclipse on a path from central Oregon to Charleston, SC. […]
          Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers        
If you plan to livestream next month’s solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots... “We’re expecting a good experience but there will be times at peak where the network will struggle,” said Paula Doublin, assistant vice president for construction and engineering for AT&T, the nation’s second-largest provider. Some communities are hosting eclipse-watch gatherings that are expected to draw tens of thousands of people. The 6,700 residents of Madras, Oregon, will be far outnumbered by visitors, and Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all plan to bring portable towers for its event. AT&T will deploy eight portable cell towers across the...
          This Week in Geographic History: Solar Eclipse        
Check out our Pinterest board for more related resources! We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a […]
          FRANK CLOSE: Tracking the ‘eye of God’ — a U.S. solar eclipse        

By FRANK CLOSE Guest Columnist (TNS) What is the most beautiful natural phenomenon you have ever seen? A brilliant rainbow set against a distant storm, the shimmering aurora in […]

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          5 Amazing Facts You Must Know About the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st        
The countdown to a rare celestial spectacle is on.
          Tampa Bay Times: The unvarnished truth about climate change ... by gimleteye        


Tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson‏ @neiltyson 2h2 hours ago

Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it.

Another in a string of excellent OPED's pointing out that Republicans and President Trump are on the far, dark side of history when it comes to climate change denialism. Clearly, GOP campaign contributors know that climate change is real. Oh, there are some who are so convinced -- by virtue of ideology or wealth -- that "the weather is always changing". They refuse to read or to understand the science.

So be it. The rest of America must begin to understand that the refusal to ACT NOW on climate change is a dismal expression of mankind's worst instincts: to selfishness, greed, and the accumulation of unlimited power.

Voters need to elevate the response to climate change to the first order of priority in selecting candidates for public office. There is no time to wait.


Editorial: The unvarnished truth about climate change
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 4:43pm


The latest federal report on the Earth's warming climate doesn't mince words about the disturbing trends, man's contributions or the dangers that millions across the globe already face, especially in low-lying coastal areas in Florida and elsewhere. It is yet another call to action for federal, state and local officials — and they all have a role to play in curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases, shoring up infrastructure, improving flood control and finding more efficient ways for societies to grow and manage their populations.

Drafted by scientists at 13 federal agencies, the report cited the warming trend as "global, long term and unambiguous." Global temperatures have increased by about 1.6 degrees over the past 150 years, the study found, and thousands of studies have created "many lines of evidence" to conclude that human activity is primarily behind the changing climate. The authors found it "extremely likely" that most of the warming since 1951 was caused by humans, and that even if emissions were to cease, existing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would cause temperatures to increase at least a half-degree Fahrenheit over this century.

The report, by 30 lead authors representing agencies such as NASA, federal laboratories, the private sector and universities, is part of the National Climate Assessment. That is a congressionally mandated analysis that seeks to build on the existing science and provide a snapshot of the current state of climate change. It found an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather, and warming in the Arctic at twice the rate of the global average — a phenomenon that could impact sea levels, the weather and other patterns in the lower 48 states. One-third of the sea level rise since 1880 has occurred since 1990, and coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic are at increasing risk of routine flooding, saltwater intrusion into the drinking water supply and the collapse of roads, utilities and other vital infrastructure. That puts Florida's east and west coastlines at risk, yet Gov. Rick Scott's administration has been less aggressive than local governments in South Florida and Tampa Bay in addressing the challenges.

The findings contradict the talking points of the Trump administration, which has openly questioned the science behind climate change and the degree that humans contribute to it, and which has moved to reverse the clean-air initiatives of the Obama White House. The unpublished analysis was made available to the New York Times days before Sunday's deadline for the 13 federal agencies to approve the report. Making the report public at least forces the Trump administration to explain why it does or does not stand behind the science.

This national assessment lays a foundation for securing federal funding and regulatory direction on climate policy, and it offers state and local governments the technical assistance they need to incorporate the impact of climate change into their planning for infrastructure, land use and other long-term issues. States and cities, though, cannot cede all responsibility to the federal government. Studies show Florida, for example, has invested trillions of dollars in infrastructure with virtually no consideration given to rising sea levels. Rising seas could swell Tampa Bay up to 19 inches over the next quarter-century, putting tens of thousands of residents at risk. The federal study is another wake-up call about a threat that is real, here and more pressing by the day.

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          One month from the full solar eclipse everyone can see        

It’s almost here just one month away from the Great American Eclipse that the entire U.S. gets to see. Monday, August 21st, 2017 around 2:30pm EDT we get the 1st total solar eclipse for the entire U.S. in 99 years. It’s just a matter of how much you can see based n your location. Luckily for […]

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          Krispy Kreme Announces Special Solar Eclipse Donut        
Krispy Kreme is launching a special donut just in time for this month's solar eclipse.
          A Complete Solar Eclipse is Coming        
The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is coming, and you'll want to make plans now to see it. Continue reading…
          Fight the power! Tick’s young characters are intelligent and free-spirited        
If you had to choose between watching a solar eclipse or rebelling against a higher power, which would you opt for? For the intelligent and free-spirited characters in Matt Mackenzie’s Tick the decision isn’t an easy one. On Tuesday February 21st in E.I McCulley Elementary School’s gymnasium, Carousel Players put on an energetic and empowering...
          Gemini for August 2017        
The total solar eclipse later this month, which takes place in Leo, your 3rd solar house of thought and messages, is calling you to your full depth. by Eric Francis Coppolino GEMINI (May 20-June 21) Yours is the sign associated with verbal mastery.…

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          Comment on Total Solar Eclipse plans announced for Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites by Rachael Conrad        
This is so neat! I cannot wait to see it.
          How the Coming Solar Eclipse Will Cast Its Shadow Across the US Solar Fleet        

Want to know how the coming solar eclipse will affect your local solar farm? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has the data. 

The solar eclipse coming on August 21 will cast a pathway of shadow across the United States, with the moon shading at least half of the sunlight reaching Earth across all 48 continental states. A path of “totality,” or complete obscuration, will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. 

In this pathway lie about 1,900 utility-scale solar PV power plants, generating more than 20,000 megawatts of energy at peak generation, according to the EIA’s Today in Energy note published this week. While only a few lie in the path of totality, nearly all will lose at least some of their sunlight for several hours through the course of the day. 

But as we’ve reported in the run-up to this astronomical event, the grid operators responsible for keeping electricity supply and demand in balance are prepared. An April analysis by the North American Electricity Reliability Council (PDF) projected no threats to grid reliability through the course of the eclipse.

California, with more than 40 percent of the country’s utility-scale solar capacity, is facing the biggest challenge. But the state's grid operator and utilities say they're ready for the eclipse, which is expected to trigger a 6,000-megawatt generation shortfall (4,200 megawatts large-scale, the remainder small-scale). That drop is equivalent to losing the power demand of Los Angeles from 9 a.m. to noon. Grid operator CAISO is prepared to call on hydropower and natural-gas peaker plants to manage the ramps in demand likely to come from the solar shortfall, while utility regulators are asking consumers to reduce their energy use during those hours. 

As for the path of totality, it will cross only 17 utility-scale power plants, most of them in eastern Oregon. While the moon will completely block the sun for only about to 3 minutes, the total time during which the sun will be at least partly obscured will last up to 3 hours. 

Hundreds of plants totaling about 4 gigawatts of capacity will be at least 90 percent obscured, most of them in North Carolina and Georgia. Another 2,200 megawatts of capacity lie in areas that will have at least 80 percent of sunlight obscured, and 3,900 megawatts of capacity are in areas with at least 70 percent of sunlight obscured. Duke Energy, one of the largest utilities in North Carolina, estimates that solar energy output across its system will drop from about 2,500 megawatts to only 200 megawatts at the height of the eclipse, EIA reported. 

A recent Bloomberg calculation found that more than 9,000 megawatts of solar power may go down during the eclipse, which is equivalent to taking approximately nine nuclear reactors offline .

It’s important to note that EIA’s data does not include solar PV facilities of less than 1 megawatt of capacity, such as small-scale rooftop solar systems -- a gap that has led to problems with relying on EIA data to measure the country’s solar growth. Nor does it include solar-thermal systems that use the sun’s heat to generate power. 

U.S. grid operators have been able to learn from the 2015 solar eclipse that darkened skies over Germany, a country with a far greater reliance on solar power. German grid operators managed to avoid disruptions through the event, which saw solar power fall from 21 gigawatts to 6 gigawatts, and then bounce back up, over the course of the 2.5-hour eclipse. 


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          Solar Eclipse Event: Shadows of Diverse Discourse, July 12, 2017        

Shadows of Diverse Disciplines: Reflections on Solar Eclipses

July 12, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114

As anticipation builds with the solar eclipse approaching this August, the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University will hold a panel discussion to examine the many interpretations of these events in history, from scientific to religious, and discuss the significance of an eclipse through the variety of disciplines that comprise the college. 
Shadows of Diverse Disciplines: Reflections on Solar Eclipses,” an interdisciplinary panel discussion, will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114. 

The panel will include Dr. Craig Caldwell, Department of History at Appalachian, Dr. Laura Ammon, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and Dr. Courtney McGahee, Department of Physics and Astronomy. It will be moderated by Dr. Clark Maddux, director of Watauga Residential College.

The goal of this panel, leading up to the actual solar event, will be to discuss how the different disciplines view and interpret eclipses through distinctions and commonalities. This event is free and open to the campus and community. For more about upcoming solar eclipse events on and off campus, visit http://cas.appstate.edu/eclipse.

Subject search results of solar eclipses in the Library Catalog


          American solar eclipse 2017: What is an eclipse, how can you watch it and what will the weather be?        
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          Sky Happenings: This Month’s Eclipse And Much, Much More!        
  Total Solar Eclipse   The New Moon of Monday, August 21 casts its shadow onto the Earth, causing a total solar eclipse!  And this time, the Moon casts its shadow across the USA, allowing Americans to join in the experience much more easily than in recent memory.  (The last total eclipse visible form the contiguous […]
          Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter - No. 87        

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The Main Events


whitehouse_bars.jpgSecular Organizations Tell Trump: Give Us Our Seat at the Table 

In February of 2010, the Obama administration hosted a policy briefing between White House officials and leaders of the nontheist/secular movement. The Center for Inquiry was represented there by the Council for Secular Humanism. It was a history-making event, for after decades of being politically untouchable, this was the first time a presidential administration had welcomed the freethought movement for an exchange of views. While there were some crucial differences of opinion in policy and comportment between the secular movement and the Obama administration, the White House would become increasingly open to meaningful and substantive interactions with our community throughout the Obama presidency.

In 2017, the gates have been closed and the connections have been cut. The Trump administration has ignored all attempts at communication by the secular movement, wholly disregarding a joint letter welcoming the new president and inviting the administration to continue the previous administration’s record of engagement with the nontheist community.

More importantly, in the space of seven months the current administration has aggressively pursued a policy agenda bent on undermining church-state separation and placing religious belief (specifically Christian religious belief) above the law. The Trump White House has sought to turn churches into super-PACs for the religious right’s favored candidates, reinforce the false notion that patriotism requires a belief in God, create a de facto religious test for entry into the country, and severely roll back protections for vulnerable populations such as religious minorities and the LGBTQ community.

rtx1c9ku__1435761979.jpgAs a case in point, just two weeks ago President Trump declared (seemingly out of the blue) that transgender Americans would be banned from serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity whatsoever.” Like so many other moves, it was a blatant pander to the most zealous fringes of the religious right that make up the president’s base. (See our response to the ban here.)

Now that the Trump administration has shown itself to be carrying out the wishes of the evangelical right and to be hostile to nonbelievers and religious minorities, the Center for Inquiry has partnered with the Secular Coalition for America, American Atheists, and the American Humanist Association for a joint statement calling out the White House for its unwillingness to engage with the representatives of the largest “religious group” in the United States, the unaffiliated.

The statement includes important messages from the leaders of each of the represented organizations. Robyn Blumner, CFI’s president and CEO, had this to say:

In an attempt to respect the office of the presidency and work constructively with those with whom we may disagree, the secular community reached out to President Trump to open a dialogue. Rather than greet that gesture as an opportunity, Trump ignored it and has gone on to question the patriotism of nonbelievers. When fealty to the president is the only yardstick by which one’s patriotism is measured, as it is in this administration, we happily fail that test. The nonreligious, humanists, and atheists, make up a significant proportion of America’s citizenry. That Trump finds us unworthy speaks volumes about him.

While there may be little in the way of lines of communication between secularists and the current administration, the Center for Inquiry will continue to work passionately for policies based on reason, science, and humanist values, and we will remain open to working with the White House when and if they choose to join us in this cause.

We will not, however, be holding our breath.

 


42D95BE600000578-4755134-image-a-18_1501709881495.jpgThe Many Lives of Joe Nickell

“He dreamed of becoming a lot of things, and he became most of them.”

For anyone, this would be a wonderful way to be described, and it should be no surprise that this characterization refers specifically to CFI’s own Joe Nickell in a lengthy and fascinating profile by the UK’s Daily Mail.

The article by Jordan Gass-Poore covers Joe’s formative years, from when he was eight years old and had turned his room into a crime lab, through his experiences as a magician and private detective, and into the field that has earned him worldwide renown, the scientific investigation of claims of the paranormal.

With a wealth of anecdotes from Joe’s adventures and a collection of delightful photos that span a colorful career, the piece makes an important point about Joe’s point of view as an investigator, saying, “Nickell has gained international attention for being a ‘fair-minded investigator.’” As Joe says in the article, “It’s not my job to explain that there’s no ghosts. I don’t feel like I have to wrestle someone to the ground and beat on them the scientific knowledge.”

Joe also recounts the long-standing resistance within skepticism to the investigation of religious claims. Said Joe, “I came along and said, ‘No, the Shroud of Turin, the weeping icons, the faith healing miracles—those are important to look at and they deserve to be criticized and examined in the same way that any other claim but you do it with respect.’”

(See an example of Joe’s work in this area with his recent post on new “research” on the Shroud of Turin.)

Do yourself a favor and check out this great profile of our favorite paranormal sleuth.

 

News from the CFI Community


khskjk_77074791_hi014848279.jpgDespite Cancellation, Dawkins Is Coming to the Berkeley Area

Berkeley, California, radio station KPFA sparked waves of outrage and debate last month when it suddenly cancelled a scheduled public event for Richard Dawkins, at which he would discuss his new book Science of the Soul. The organizers claimed to have just been made aware of Prof. Dawkins’s views on Islam (which were fairly well known to pretty much everyone else, and surely didn’t stop them from hosting a Dawkins event in 2015) and without warning or discussion with Dawkins, unceremoniously alerted ticket holders that the event had been scrapped.

Prof. Dawkins attempted to reach out to KPFA to no avail, many news outlets covered the controversy, and several high-profile scientists, scholars, and writers from across the ideological and theological spectrum spoke out against KPFA’s decision and in defense of Richard Dawkins.

The KPFA event was to take place August 9, the day this very issue of Cause & Effect reaches inboxes and web browsers. Happily, people in the Berkeley area will still be able to attend an event with Prof. Dawkins, as he will now be appearing tonight (August 9) at the Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, California. As of this writing, only standing room tickets remain available. Given all that has occurred, what was already going to be a fascinating event should now be all the more interesting and enlightening.

 


csicon17lvsq.jpgCSICon 2017: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

CSICon 2017 is so close and yet so far. Kicking off October 26, now’s the time to make sure you’re registered and work out all your travel arrangements to get out to Vegas in time for the event.

But it’s also really hard to have to wait so long for all the amazingly brilliant speakers, the ridiculously fun events, and all the wonder and weirdness of Las Vegas. Waiting for CSICon is enough to drive anyone CSICotic! (I’m so very sorry.)

Luckily, we’re filling those weeks with great video content from last year’s CSICon and brand-new interviews with many of this year’s speakers.

On CFI’s video series Reasonable Talk, social psychologist Carol Tavris delivers a presentation on the powerful cognitive dissonance everyone, including skeptics, experiences when forced to reckon with ideas that conflict with our beliefs.

Also on Reasonable Talk, parapsychology expert James Alcock discusses how humans have evolved to make associations between events with no actual connection (which manifests in the belief in the power of prayer, for example), and how critical thinking skills come very late into the picture.

Meanwhile, Susan Gerbic (who has been doing true yeoman’s work for this project) brings us five new exclusive interviews with CSICon 2017 speakers:

Now you should have plenty to keep you busy until October: planning your trip and enjoying all of this great skeptic insight. If you’re not already, get yourself registered, and we’ll see you at the Excalibur.

 


unncwddcamed.jpgCelebrating Summer, Secularly

Beautiful sunny weather greeted the attendees of CFI Michigan’s 11th Annual Secular Summer Retreat in July. CFI members from across the Midwest enjoyed camping classics: s’mores, campfires, fantastic home-cooked food, and the wonders of the great outdoors while kayaking, biking, and hiking. Younger campers (as well as some “big kids”) thoroughly enjoyed making their own stomp rockets and salt paintings, which was followed by a camp-wide scavenger hunt. In the afternoon, the Water Challenge helped everyone cool off with plenty of water balloons for everyone.

Kahler Sweeney, who is interning with CFI Michigan for the summer, told us what it was like to be there. “It was amazing to see first-time attendees relish their ‘first contact’ as they were welcomed into the larger secular community, and to watch returning guests re-unite with friends from previous years,” said Kahler. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the CFI Community!”

Congratulations on another successful retreat, Michiganders, and thanks to Kahler for the report from the field.

 

CFI Highlights on the Web


  • 4e82b2c831404cc54e95ded01652430c--donald-trump-speech-david-In June, CFI sounded the alarm about a scheme in the U.S. House to kill the Johnson Amendment through the appropriations process, forbidding the IRS from investigating any potential violations. At ThinkProgress, Jack Jenkins thoroughly reports on the machinations behind the scenes, as Republicans look to turn churches into “dark money” campaign operations. CFI’s legal director, Nick Little, provides background and insight.
  • Nick Little is also author of a new special report for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, titled, simply, “Homeopathy Is a Sham.” Nick makes clear that if manufacturers and retailers don’t adhere to regulations in the marketing of homeopathic fake medicine, CFI will be ready to take legal action.
  • The good folks at CFI Michigan get coverage at MLive for their volunteer work with the Healthy Homes Coalition.
  • International humanist activist Leo Igwe, looking for ways to promote critical thinking throughout Africa, introduces the concept of “iDoubt,” in which the “i” represents several “applications”: individual doubt, inspire doubt, inculcate doubt, inform doubt, and Internet doubt.
  • SkepDoc Harriet Hall finds the many red flags for quackery within emails advertising a “lost Navajo remedy” for curing deafness. 
  • Essam Munir discusses the phenomenon of the “Feeling of Presence,” the sensation of being near someone when no one is there, and how science has revealed much about its neurological basis.

And of course, you can keep up with news relevant to skeptics and seculars every weekday with The Morning Heresy.


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          Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter - No. 86        

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The Main Events


dawktawk.jpgBerkeley’s KPFA Abruptly Cancels Dawkins Event 

Last Wednesday, the Royal Society released the results of a poll that placed The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins atop a list of the most influential science books of all time, a list that includes in its top ten such foundational and revolutionary works as Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

Imagine the surprise, then, when two days later Berkeley, California, radio station KPFA suddenly cancelled a speaking engagement with Dawkins scheduled for August 9. Intended as a fundraiser for the station, Dawkins was set to discuss his new book of essays, Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist, for an audience of several hundred. What happened?

Well, according to a message to ticket holders, KPFA claims to have been unaware of Dawkins’s “views” and considered his comments on Islam to be “offensive” and “hurtful.” (Funny, the station had hosted Prof. Dawkins in 2015 and didn’t seem bothered at the time by his well known criticism of religion, including Islam, Christianity, ` and other faiths.

CFI provided its own public response, lamenting KPFA’s decision and the baseless justification proffered for it. “We understand the difference between a people and the beliefs they may hold,” said CFI’s president and CEO, Robyn Blumner. “All of us must be free to debate and criticize ideas and harmful ideas must be exposed. It is incredibly disappointing that KPFA does not understand this.”

But the clearest and most compelling response came from Prof. Dawkins himself, in an open letter to KPFA. He wrote of his long admiration for KPFA’s journalism, and his decades of support of their work. The cancellation of the August event was “a matter of personal sorrow” for him.

At the core of the conflict, Dawkins pointed out, was the lack of reason and critical thinking that went into the station’s decision to break its commitment. He wrote in his letter:

You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of “abusive speech”. Why didn’t you check your facts – or at least have the common courtesy to alert me – before summarily cancelling my event? If you had consulted me, or if you had done even rudimentary fact-checking, you would have concluded that I have never used abusive speech against Islam.

I have called IslamISM “vile” but surely you, of all people, understand that Islamism is not the same as Islam. I have criticised the ridiculous pseudoscientific claims made by Islamic apologists (“the sun sets in a marsh” etc), and the opposition of Islamic “ scholars” to evolution and other scientific truths. I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women.

I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?

Neil_deGrasse_Tyson_and_Richard_Dawkins_at_Howard_UniversitySince news of the cancellation broke, a number of leading figures in science and reason have made their voices heard in support of Dawkins. Jerry Coyne called the move “craven”; Steven Pinker told KPFA that “you have handed a precious gift to the political right”; Vilayanur S. Ramachandran called Dawkins “the most intellectually honest and courageous person I know”; and Daniel Dennett (in such a way that only he can successfully pull off) tweeted, “Shame on these Know-nothing Pathetic Fraidy-cat, um, folks!” You can read these responses in full at the Richard Dawkins Foundation website.

In a special message to CFI supporters, Board Chair Eddie Tabash said, “Richard is a kind man, even in the face of unfounded criticism. However, kindness cannot deter us from fighting as hard as we can against this severely troubling action by KPFA.”

Discussion of the controversy continues in the press, with coverage by The New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, and more, including KPFA radio itself, where CFI Communications Director Paul Fidalgo tries to explain the distinction between the vital criticism of bad ideas and the demonization of an entire people.

 


12052.jpgBertha Vazquez Publishes Schools’ Evolution Evaluation

It is 2017, and yet the teaching of evolution in public schools remains a flashpoint of controversy. The enduring resistance to evolution education is a primary reason for the existence of TIES, the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science, a program of the Richard Dawkins Foundation that trains middle school science teachers to teach evolution.

Leading the work of TIES is Florida middle school science teacher Bertha Vazquez, and as part of her important work for the program, she has been evaluating state evolution education standards throughout the U.S. Her findings have just been published in a new paper for the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach. The results are fascinating and trending in a positive direction.

Bertha’s evaluation looks at school evolution standards using a ten-point scale based on five categories of questions, which determine each state’s grade. For example, New York and Florida are among the states that received an A grade for earning the maximum number of points for meeting certain benchmarks such as providing a clear definition of evolution, presenting several kinds of evidence for evolution, and so on. South Carolina and Tennessee, however, are two states that received F’s because their curricula don’t even mention or define evolution to middle schoolers, among other issues.

If the study had a “winner,” it would be New Hampshire. “New Hampshire should not be commended just for its middle school standards on evolution,” writes Bertha. “It starts incorporating evolution into the curriculum earlier than any other state.”

The full paper can be accessed here.

 

News from the CFI Community


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When will humans set foot on Mars? What are the prospects for NASA in the Trump era? And what exactly did Mike Pence touch that he clearly wasn’t supposed to? All these burning questions and more are answered in the latest episode of CFI’s long-running flagship podcast Point of Inquiry.

Host Paul Fidalgo is joined by Loren Grush, space reporter for The Verge, for a fun and enlightening conversation about the drama, politics, and technological challenges of space exploration. Grush brings both passionate enthusiasm and healthy skepticism to her coverage of space, providing sharp analysis of the private space industry, public attitudes toward space exploration, and the hostility that women in the space community continue to face.

And of course, we’ll find out if the vice president ruined something expensive.

There’s more space-talk in the next episode of Point of Inquiry coming later this week, when the subject turns to extraterrestrial life, so be sure to subscribe free on iTunes, Google Play, or through your podcast service of choice.

 


14523152_10154078848800698_2045554596559655301_n.jpgCountdown to CSICon 2017: New Videos with Paul Offit and Joe Nickell

For several weeks now, CFI’s video series Reasonable Talk has been bringing you some of the excellent presentations that made CSICon 2016 such a fantastic event. We have two more for you, hot off the servers, all in a blatant effort to inspire you to get registered for CSICon 2017 this October 26–29 in Las Vegas!

  • Paul Offit is a leading light in science and skepticism for his work as a life-saving virologist and as a bestselling critic of the anti-vaccine movement and other kinds of fake medicine. In his CSICon 2016 presentation, Offit takes a critical look at the medical profession itself, going back centuries to see how opioids have been used and misused by physicians and patients and showing how the over-prescription of painkillers has enabled today’s opioid crisis.
  • CFI’s own Joe Nickell is the world’s best known investigator of the paranormal, with decades of experience uncovering the truth about claims of ghost sightings, UFO encounters, psychic powers, and more. But what also sets Joe apart is his compassion and empathy for those who believe they have had these supernatural experiences and his steadfast devotion to the pursuit of the truth over merely proving someone wrong. In his presentation, Joe discusses the crucial distinction between “investigation” and “debunking.”

Plus: Susan Gerbic has a special interview with CSICon 2017 speaker and mentalist Mark Edward.

Now it’s your turn to investigate all the goings-on at the next big event, CSICon 2017. Incredible speakers and exciting entertainment await at Las Vegas’s Excalibur Hotel and Casino. But don’t take these claims at face value. Investigate them yourself and get registered now.

 

CFI Highlights on the Web


  • flatearth.pngCraig A. Foster, a professor of psychology at the U.S. Air Force Academy who has contributed to Skeptical Inquirer, writes an op-ed in The Denver Post welcoming the sudden attention given to Flat Earthers. Touting his membership with CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, he asserts that Flat-Earthers present a prime opportunity to discuss the importance of applying critical thinking to outlandish beliefs.
  • Marking the 70th anniversary of the Roswell UFO sightings, Kendrick Frazier, editor of Skeptical Inquirer, writes in a piece for the Albuquerque Journal about how the story has managed to endure all these decades, concluding, “Established facts of the Roswell incident will of course never catch up with the charming myth.”
  • For a short while in recent weeks, it seemed to many that the mystery of Amelia Earhart had been solved. But as Benjamin Radford points out in a special report, the claims were laughably easy to disprove and show us how the History Channel, which promoted the finding, went “spectacularly off the rails.”
  • For his latest Unco Junto “blog symposium,” Ben assembles Michael Hartwell, Ian Harris, and Celestia Ward (taking part in web-comic form) to weigh in on the topic of hypocrisy.
  • Recent skeptics’ conferences are reviewed for CSI, with Susan Gerbic at SkeptiCal 2017 and Russ Dobler at the ninth Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism.

And of course, you can keep up with news relevant to skeptics and seculars every weekday with The Morning Heresy.


Upcoming CFI Events


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  • Paul HannCFI Michigan hosts a presentation on environmental health after the Flint water crisis by Paul Hann, executive director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

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          Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter - No. 85        

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The Main Events


600_pulpit-freedom-sunday_1015.jpgHouse Committee Schemes to Let Churches Evade Electioneering Law 

When Donald Trump was courting the religious conservative vote during the 2016 presidential campaign, one of the prizes he offered them was the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, the provision of federal law that prevents churches and other tax-exempt organizations (such as this one) from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Though he vowed to “totally destroy” the amendment, so far he has only been able to soften it, and mostly symbolically, through an executive order signed in May.

The fact remains, however, that the Johnson Amendment is quite popular, with well over two-thirds of the public in support, including over half of white evangelicals, because they understand that churches don’t belong in the business of electioneering, nor do they want to see their houses of worship turning into political action committees. This is really a project of the extreme religious right, which would like to use churches as a means of bankrolling their favored candidates.

How then could Republicans help Trump make good on his promise to “destroy” the Amendment? On June 29, GOP members of the House Financial Services subcommittee inserted language into the 2018 appropriations bill saying that Congress would deny the IRS the necessary funds to investigate any potential violations of the Johnson Amendment…on the part of churches. Secular nonprofits aren’t mentioned. In fact, while the law change would apply to all houses of worship, the political intent was telegraphed by the failure to mention any places of worship other than churches.

1060x600-f3743dd76b24992e202b1e92fb1d0930.jpgThis sneaky attempt at a “backdoor” repeal of the Johnson Amendment through the congressional budget process did not go unnoticed. The Center for Inquiry joined a coalition of organizations from across the political and theological spectrum urging Congress to reject this attempt to defang the Johnson Amendment, sounding the alarm about what this House committee was up to, and CFI quickly got word to the press.

As a result, the Associated Press ran an excellent report on the scheme, which featured expert commentary from CFI Legal Director Nick Little, who made clear who this was intended to benefit. “All they care about is the Christian groups, and in particular, it will end up as the extreme religious right Christian groups,” said Nick. “If this goes through, this would add just another way in which unregulated dark money could be used.” Newsweek also featured Nick in its coverage of the story.

Unfortunately, the measure survived its subcommittee markup, and this Thursday it heads to the full House Appropriations Committee, so this fight is far from over.

 


joe vox copya.pngVideo: Joe Nickell Talks to Vox about Ghosts

Belief in ghosts, the disembodied spirits of those who have passed on, is seemingly intractable. Forty-five percent of Americans say they believe in ghosts, and speculation about the afterlife goes all the way back to the beginnings of human culture.

But if anyone can begin to move the needle toward reason, it just might be Joe Nickell.

Joe Nickell is of course senior research fellow for CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the world’s foremost evidence-based investigator of the paranormal. This week, he was the star of a video for Vox on what causes people to believe they’ve encountered a ghost and the reality-based explanations for these experiences.

“Not only have I never found a single case that I thought was proof of a ghost,” Joe tells Vox reporter Dean Peterson, “neither has science.”

But what sets Joe apart from many other “debunkers” of the paranormal is his compassion and empathy for those who think they have truly had these otherworldly experiences. Joe says they “all have to do with our hopes and our fears,” adding, “The ghost idea … is powerful, because who doesn’t have an instance in which he or she would say, I just wish I could have told my mother that one thing.”

Check out the video right here.

 

News from the CFI Community


fi naturalism cover copy.pngFree Inquiry and Daniel Dennett Present a “Symposium in Print” on Naturalism

Naturalism, simply put, holds that all things arise from natural causes and that the supernatural need never be invoked in the quest for knowledge or meaning. While to many in the freethought community this is a statement of the obvious, in the world of philosophy—particularly secular humanist philosophy—naturalism’s role is both consequential and complex. What better way to explore this important topic than in the pages of Free Inquiry magazine?

The latest issue of Free Inquiry features a “symposium in print” on naturalism’s centrality in secular humanism, led by the inimitable Daniel Dennett. The renowned philosopher discusses the intractability of supernaturalism in philosophical discourse, but notes that its impact is minimal owing to philosophy’s place as “the Las Vegas of inquiry,” because what happens in philosophy stays in philosophy.

This special symposium includes substantive and deeply researched essays from Australian philosopher Russell Blackford, Acadia University’s Stephen Maitzen, Barbara Forrest of Southeastern Louisiana University, and a combined effort from Scott Aikin, Thomas Dabay, and Robert B. Talisse of Vanderbilt University.

The August/September 2017 issue also features opinion and commentary from Ex-Muslim activist Sarah Haider, psychologist and author Valerie Tarico, CFI President and CEO Robyn Blumner, and much more. You can subscribe to Free Inquiry in print or on the web at secularhumanism.org/fi.

 


Screen-Shot-2017-07-03-at-11.28.09-AM.pngCountdown to CSICon 2017: Lawrence Krauss and Ron Lindsay Justify Your Existence

As the skeptosphere gears up for CSICon 2017 in Las Vegas, CFI’s video series Reasonable Talk offers two brand new presentations from CSICon 2016. Together, these two talks answer fundamental questions for the skeptical movement: Where did we come from and what are we doing here?

  • Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss tackles the question of our origins: Not just of the skeptic community or even of humans as a whole but of the entire cosmos. In an engaging, funny, and enlightening talk, Krauss shows how today’s experiments in physics back up the theories of how everything came into being. Krauss, an honorary member of CFI’s board of directors, will return for CSICon 2017.
  • As to what it is we’re all doing here, we turn to CFI’s former president and CEO, Ronald Lindsay. In this important presentation, Ron takes a broad look at the aims of the skeptic movement and eloquently illustrates why this work is so vital. Skepticism, says Ron, serves as a crucial bridge of understanding between the scientific community and the general public, sifting the facts from the fantastical and encouraging critical thinking from everyone.

Of course, you’ll want to see all of this year’s talks in person! CSICon 2017, taking place October 26–29 in Las Vegas, will be the biggest skeptics’ event of the year, with an incredible lineup of speakers including the amazing James Randi, Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, Cara Santa Maria, Michael Mann, Richard Wiseman, Massimo Polidoro, Carrie Poppy, and once again serving as master of ceremonies, comic-musician George Hrab.

Held in the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, you’ll also get to experience a Tournament of Kings Joust Dinner, a magic show by Banachek, special lunch events with skeptic stars, a Halloween 70’s Disco Party (not a typo), a Sunday Papers session, and so much more. Get registered now.

 

CFI Highlights on the Web


  • handmaids_tale.jpgWith the release of Hulu’s television version of The Handmaid’s Tale, CFI Los Angeles’s Jim Underdown notes the similarities between the oppressive fictional state of Gilead and the real Church of Scientology, which, Jim notes, also happens to include the show’s star Elizabeth Moss among its members.
  • The Xbox Kinect is a piece of camera and sensor technology intended for enhanced kinds of video game playing, but did you know it could also help hunt for ghosts? Actually, it can’t, as Kenny Biddle explains at CSICOP.org.
  • TV psychic Tyler Henry appeared to make some pretty startling connections during a reading on his show, but Susan Gerbic lays out all the ways that this “grief vampire” could have made lucky guesses, gotten the information in advance, and been helped out a great deal by editing.
  • Joe Nickell looks back to a version of alternative medicine that vied for prominence in the nineteenth century, “Eclecticism” (which is a good marketing name).
  • CFI’s master librarian Tim Binga reveals a very cool addition to the library’s collection. Donated by Douglas Kinney, it’s a signed and framed photo of the amazing James Randi with the late Martin Gardner, “the father of modern skepticism.”

And of course, you can keep up with news relevant to skeptics and seculars every weekday with The Morning Heresy.


Upcoming CFI Events


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July 16:

July 17:

  • CFI member Heather Davis discusses the costs and benefits of healthcare spending in the U.S. with CFI Austin.

July 26:

  • CFI Michigan hosts a presentation on environmental health after the Flint water crisis by Paul Hann, executive director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

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Dave Granlund cartoon on the solar eclipse and beliefs.
          Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!        

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Join us on Monday, August 21st to view the partial solar eclipse of the sun! Here in DC we will experience an 81% eclipse at 2:42pm. Though not a total eclipse, this event will be incredibly special! Those who attend the event will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses to view the eclipse with us in our garden. This event is for the whole family--all are welcome. We will have limited supplies of glasses, so only those who attend our event can use them.

We will meet at 2:30pm and will give out glasses while supplies last. After the eclipse will enjoy treats, have a craft for younger participants, and talk about what we saw!

This event is made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Southeast Library. 

Since we will not experience a total eclipse, proper safety glasses must be worn when viewing the eclipse. If you can not join us for the event, please visit http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ for more information and links to reputable vendors to purchase glasses. DO NOT use regular sunglasses when viewing the eclipse as the protection is not strong enough. 
 

Add to Calendar 21-08-2017 14:30:00 21-08-2017 15:30:00 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party! Join us on Monday, August 21st to view the partial solar eclipse of the sun! Here in DC we will experience an 81% eclipse at 2:42pm. Though not a total eclipse, this event will be incredibly special! Those who attend the event will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses to view the eclipse with us in our garden. This event is for the whole family--all are welcome. We will have limited supplies of glasses, so only those who attend our event can use them. We will meet at 2:30pm and will give out glasses while supplies last. After the eclipse will enjoy treats, have a craft for younger participants, and talk about what we saw! This event is made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Southeast Library.  Since we will not experience a total eclipse, proper safety glasses must be worn when viewing the eclipse. If you can not join us for the event, please visit http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ for more information and links to reputable vendors to purchase glasses. DO NOT use regular sunglasses when viewing the eclipse as the protection is not strong enough.    false DD/MM/YYYY

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Eco Catholic: The total solar eclipse is the first to be seen from coast to coast since 1918. The 70-mile-wide eclipse path spans the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina.


          Total/Partial Eclipse of the Sun        
The eclipse is August 21, 2017 (see below for times). A solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and us.  Those of us in California will see a partial eclipse.  If you wish to see a total eclipse, head on up to Salem, Oregon. Never look directly at the sun without appropriate […]
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A smartphone is all you need to collect data during the eclipse

Science & the Public
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SCIENCE SCREENTIME Anyone can conduct citizen science on the go during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse thanks to a handful of smartphone apps.

With just weeks to go before the Great American Eclipse, scientists are finalizing years of planning to study the solar phenomenon. But it’s not too late to get involved.

“This is the first eclipse crossing over a major landmass in the era when lots of people have digital devices,” says astronomer Alex Filippenko of the University of California, Berkeley. The 120-kilometer-wide path of totality, where observers will see the moon completely cover the sun, will streak through 12 states from coast-to-coast on August 21, and the entire country will see at least a partial eclipse. So if you’re interested in collecting data on this rare celestial spectacle, there’s an app for that. Several, in fact.

Observe eclipse weather

The GLOBE Program’s Observer app lets people to catalog changes in their local atmosphere that are affected by the amount of sunlight hitting Earth. Users can take pictures or enter descriptions of cloud cover, record temperatures and write in such observations as wind speed or air pressure if they have the equipment to make them.

“The eclipse allows us to see what happens when there’s a relatively abrupt drop in sunlight,” says Kristen Weaver of the GLOBE Observer program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Even people who aren’t in the path of totality can contribute valuable data, Weaver says.

Students from kindergarten through high school will use the data in research projects through the GLOBE education program. And if enough people send in data, NASA researchers creating models of Earth’s energy budget — the balance between the energy our planet receives from the sun and sends back out into space — could also analyze the observations.

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See how plants and animals respond

Folks willing to take their eyes off the skies for a moment can record what plants and animals are doing around eclipse time using the California Academy of Sciences’ iNaturalist app.  

Past eclipse-watchers have told tales of animals exhibiting nighttime behavior — such as birds falling silent or squirrels retreating to their dens — when the moon blocks the sun. The iNaturalist app could allow the first extensive examination of this phenomenon, says the Academy’s Elise Ricard.

People can use the app to note the behavior of whatever animals are around, be they pets, livestock, wildlife or even zoo animals. Some flowers also close up at night, Ricard notes, so plant observations are also encouraged.

The data could help scientists understand the extent of eclipse necessary to elicit certain responses. For instance, someone in an area where the moon covers 85 percent of the sun might notice odd animal behavior that isn’t seen by anyone in areas with only 70 percent coverage of the sun.

Record the sounds of an eclipse

The sounds of nature can also change dramatically during an eclipse. Ricard remembers birds falling silent in the nearby jungle during an Australian eclipse. And Henry Winter, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., recalls a friend’s story of crickets starting to chirp during an eclipse.

To capture these shifting sounds, Winter launched the Eclipse Soundscapes project, which will collect recordings during the solar eclipse to provide an audio experience for the visually impaired.

Soundscapes’ reps will record at 12 national parks, and anyone with the app can add their own sound bites to the database. The app will also include a specially designed narration of what’s happening in the sky for visually impaired eclipse-goers.

Solar snapshots for science

For anyone in the path of totality, there’s also the chance to participate in the Eclipse MegaMovie project, the first crowdsourced image archive of a total solar eclipse.

Viewed from any single place on the ground in the path of totality, the moon completely covers the sun for only about 2½ minutes. But by gathering images from over 1,000 trained volunteers and from members of the public snapping pics with smartphones across the country, the MegaMovie project will capture the full 90-minute duration of the solar eclipse as it crosses the continental United States.

The project will give astronomers an unprecedented view of the outer layers of the sun’s atmosphere — which aren’t blocked by the moon — during the entire eclipse.

Like the data collected by all these apps, the Eclipse MegaMovie images will be publicly available online, where they can be accessed by amateur astronomers, too. “They might notice some interesting phenomenon before professional astronomers get around to looking at the data,” Filippenko says.

It’s certainly an exciting time to be a citizen scientist. But if you do decide to participate in data collection, don’t forget to take time to put down your phone and enjoy the majesty of the eclipse.


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(ANTIMEDIA) – The countdown to a rare celestial spectacle is on. On August 21st, people within the “path of totality,” a 70-mile wide swath of land stretching from Oregon to South Carolina (14 states in all), will witness a total solar eclipse. The shadow of the moon will start in the Pacific ocean and travel at Mach 1.5 […]
          Witness eclipse during Wilson County Fair        

Two big events are coinciding this August, and Lebanon is all abuzz. The Wilson County Fair and the Solar Eclipse are both coming our way this month, with the Wilson County Fair opening on the 18th and going until the 26th.


          Where to go to watch Total Solar Eclipse August 2017        
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It’s coming….the day will go dark during the Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017 across North America.  On the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon will cover the sun, and depending on where you’re located, you’ll experience a total or partial solar eclipse.  While Ohio isn’t in the path of totality – meaning we won’t […]

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We're getting prepared for a 2017 Solar Eclipse trip (which we're afraid could end up like the Zombie Apocalypse) so we really appreciate the preparation tips!
          NASA shows how to safely view the solar eclipse without fancy glasses        
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The total solar eclipse is fast approaching — it's viewable across the U.S. on August 21 — and, as you may or may not already know, it's not a phenomenon that's safe to view with the naked eye.

But how about with a cereal box? 

SEE ALSO: Airbnb is giving away an epic experience to watch the solar eclipse

NASA just released an enlightening video explaining how to make a pinhole camera from humble kitchen cardboard to view the eclipse safely and easily, and without splurging on fancy eyewear. 

The clip has all the instructions; all you need is a cereal box, a piece of paper, aluminum foil, tape, and scissors. Happy eclipse watching! Read more...

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          Live Streaming/ Webcast of Total Solar Eclipse from Cairns, November 2012        
Yet one more solar eclipse! Well, this time it's gonna be a total solar eclipse. Maybe you're already in Cairns or almost there, or somewhere in the South Pacific, which are the places to be, to be able to witness this amazing celestial phenomena. As I blog this post from Sri Lanka, there are few more hours left until the start of this total solar eclipse. So we're just about there. As for me, and those who couldn't manage to be in the right places, there is this wonderful tool, Internet facilitating us to watch the eclipse online, as numerous groups bring out their own live streams of the eclipse, and updates. Believe it or not there's gonna be even a hot-air balloon offering a live webcast of the eclipse.

Thanks to Thilina Heenatigala of AWB now we can have a list of web-streams of the total solar eclipse.

The totality of 2 minutes will take place at 20:38 UT on 13th November. (06:38 AEST on 14th of November). In Sri Lankan local time, it would be 02:08 am in the morning of 14th.

Don't miss out !!

Live Streaming/ Webcast of Total Solar Eclipse from Cairns, November 2012


Cairns Solar Eclipse, 2012
http://www.eclipse2012.org.au
The official destination website for the total solar Eclipse over Cairns and Great Barrier Reef will feature Terry Cuttle from the Astronomical Association of Queensland as the host. He will be joined by Kate Russo (eclipse chaser and author), Ben Southall (winner of the 'Best Job in the World' promotion and tourism ambassador), Richard Fitzpatrick (an underwater cameraman, will be live from under water) and Alan Hale (from Hale-Bopp comet who is studying comets close to the Sun which can only be seen during an eclipse).

2012 Eclipse live from a Cairns Hot Air Balloon
http://www.hotair.com.au
Up to a dozen hot air balloons floating west of Cairns, Queensland Australia, with visitors from 20 different countries will be part of a live webcast of the 2012 total solar eclipse.

SLOOH
http://events.slooh.com
SLOOH will broadcast a free, real-time feed of the stunning total solar eclipse live from Cairns, Australia. The broadcast team includes Patrick Paolucci, Bob Berman, Lucie Green, Matt Francis and Paul Cox.

Cairns City Eclipse 2012 webcam
http://www.eclipsecairns.com
Can't make it to Cairns to see the Eclipse? No problem! Just check back on 14 November before 6:39am AEST (GMT+10) to see it live on our webcam.

GLORIA Project
http://live.gloria-project.eu
Videos and pictures of the eclipse will be broadcast live on the internet starting at 20:30 UT. Additionally meteorological data will be collected to allow students to perform an interactive experiment. During the broadcast there will be live commentary in Spanish and English.

Live Web Camera from Port Douglas Australia 2012
http://www.zincportdouglas.com/solar_eclipse_port_douglas.html

          Total Solar Eclipse 13/14 November 2012        
Briefing

The next total solar eclipse is not that far away, We're about 2 weeks away from it. On 13th and 14th of November 2012 (UT) those who are located in Cairns, Australia and southern Pacific Ocean will have the chance of observing this. This time the greatest totality will last around 4 minutes of time with a magnitude of 1.05 Generally a solar eclipse will take place when the Moon passes in between Sun and the Earth, shading the solar view partially or fully relative to an observer based on Earth. The solar eclipse is said to be a total solar eclipse when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than that of Sun, completely obscuring the view of Sun and the corresponding areas of Earth will experience darkness during such an event. Thus the totality will be visible to observers located in a narrow traverse across the Earth's surface whilst a partial solar eclipse will be experienced in a broader region.

Total Solar Eclipse 13/14 November 2012


Where to be

If you could happen to be in Cairns, in northeastern Australia which is where most of the eclipse-chasers are going to rendezvous, you would be likely to observe a totality of 2 minutes at 20:38 UT (06:38 AEST on 14th of November) on 13th November. Thus it would be just after the daybreak with sun at an altitude of 14° in local time on 14th. Further islanders of Norfolk Island, east of Australia will encounter a partial solar eclipse with 98% of Sun covered at 09:37 NFT. Additionally, Auckland & Christchurch in New Zealand, and Los Ríos & Los Lagos regions of Chile will be other land masses that will undergo a partial solar eclipse. However if you don't want to miss the maximum totality, you have to be located somewhere in south Pacific Ocean, on east of the International Date Line on November 13, approximately 2000 km east of New Zealand, and 9600 km west of Chile. That is 4 minutes and 2 seconds to be exact.



How to view SAFE

It is really important to be savvy how to SAFELY observe a solar eclipse, for what you're playing with is sun and hence there shan't be any mistakes at all, for they would lead to irreversible damage to your eye. You should never directly look at the sun with the naked eye or with some optical devices such as telescopes binoculars. During a total solar eclipse, there are 3 phases which are the phase of totality and the ones before and after totality. However it is safe to view the solar eclipse without any filters, ONLY when there is the short phase of totality. It is imperative that safely precautions must be adhered to during the other 2 phases. One common solution is using the welder's goggles/ glasses with the rating 14 or higher, as they screen out the harmfulness.One of the safest methods on the other hand is the indirect projection. The image of the sun is projected onto a white piece of paper using binoculars (with one side covered), a telescope or another piece of cardboard which has been made into a pinhole camera (by making a small 1mm hole in it).

Total Solar Eclipse 13/14 November 2012


Live streaming of total solar eclipse 2012

It is true that most of us can't travel to Cairns or to be in a cruise in South Pacific Ocean during the time of the eclipse. Therefore there will be live webcast/ streaming via internet as the total eclipse will take place. A Google search will take you where you want. However nothing beats the exciting adventure of traveling to the eclipse site and observing it physically and only reminds me the eclipse chase tour to Jaffna, Sri Lanka in January 2010 for the annular solar eclipse.

Here are some useful websites especially dedicated to bringing you updates and news from Cairns.

www.eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov
http://eclipse2012.org.au/
http://www.eclipse2012.com/




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          Get a Free, Kid-Friendly Solar Eclipse Booklet from Bill Nye and the National Parks        
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          Total solar eclipses are going extinct        

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In 1695, Edmond Halley discovered that eclipses recorded in ancient history did not match calculations for the times or places of those eclipses.

Starting with records of eclipses in his day and the observed motion of the moon and sun, he used Isaac Newton's new theory of universal gravitation (1687) to calculate when and where ancient eclipses should have occurred and then compared them with eclipses actually observed more than 2,000 years earlier.

They did not match. Halley had great confidence in the theory of gravitation and resisted the temptation to conclude that the force of gravity was changing as time passed.

Instead, he proposed that the length of a day on Earth must be slowly increasing. The Earth's rotation must be slowing down.

totality total solar eclipse book cover mark littman fred espenakIf the Earth's rotation had slowed down slightly, the moon must have gained angular momentum to conserve the total angular momentum of the Earth-moon system. This boost in angular momentum for the moon would have caused it to spiral slowly outward from the Earth to a more distant orbit where it travels more slowly.

If, 2,000 years earlier, the Earth had been spinning a little faster and the moon had been a little closer and orbiting a little faster, then eclipse theory and observation would match.

Scientists soon realized that Halley was right. But what would cause the Earth's spin to slow?

Tides.

The gravitational attraction of the moon is the principal cause of the ocean tides on Earth. As the shallow continental shelves (primarily in the Bering Sea) collide with high tides, the Earth's rotation is retarded. The slower spin of the Earth causes the moon to edge farther from our planet.

From 1969 to 1972, the Apollo astronauts left a series of laser reflectors on the moon's surface. Since then, scientists on Earth have been bouncing powerful lasers off these reflectors.

By timing the round trip of each laser pulse, the moon's distance can be measured to an accuracy of several inches. The moon is receding from the Earth at the rate of about 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) a year.

As the moon recedes from Earth, its apparent disk becomes smaller. Total eclipses become rarer; annular eclipses more frequent.

Total eclipses are moving toward extinction.


When the moon's mean distance from the Earth has increased by 14,550 miles (23,410 kilometers), the moon's apparent disk will be too small to cover the entire sun, even when the moon's elliptical orbit carries it closest to Earth.

Total eclipses will no longer be possible.

How long will that take? With the moon receding at 1.5 inches a year, the last total solar eclipse visible from the surface of the Earth will take place 620 million years from now.

There is still time to catch one of these majestic events.

Excerpted from Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 by Mark Littmann & Fred Espenak. Copyright © 2017 by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak and published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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          Astronomers have reconfirmed Einstein's most famous theory in a stunning way        

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Once again, scientists have confirmed Einstein's theory of general relativity, which describes the way massive objects — like stars — cause space to bend.

For the first time, astronomers have glimpsed the bending of light from a more distant star by a nearby white dwarf. They then used Einstein's theory to calculate the white dwarf's mass. They published their study this week (June 7, 2017) in the peer-reviewed journal Science.

Kailash C. Sahu at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland led the international team that conducted this new research. The team used the Hubble Space Telescope to make their observations.

Terry Oswalt of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida wrote a related perspective piece in the same issue of Science, and his university produced the explanatory video at the top of this post. Oswalt said in a statement:

The research by Sahu and colleagues provides a new tool for determining the masses of objects we can't easily measure by other means. The team determined the mass of a collapsed stellar remnant called a white dwarf star. Such objects have completed their hydrogen-burning life cycle, and thus are the fossils of all prior generations of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Einstein would be proud. One of his key predictions has passed a very rigorous observational test.

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Einstein himself believed you could, in theory, obtain mass measurements from gravitational lensing. But his astounding revelations about the universe didn't include predictions about the many advances in instrumentation that have actually occurred. Thus in a 1936 article in the Science, he wrote that because stars are so far apart:

… there is no hope of observing this phenomenon directly.

dwarf star bends light einstein relativity sahu1HRAnd yet, of course, the phenomenon of the bending of starlight has been observed, beginning with Arthur Eddington and team's May 1919 measurement of light bending around our local star, the sun, during a total solar eclipse. That early confirmation of Einstein's theory made headlines around the world and made Einstein the world's most famous scientist.

Since 1979, astronomers have had the technological oomph to observe the bending of light by yet-more-distant objects, starting with SBS 0957+561, aka the Twin Quasar.

In the 1980s, astronomers realized that the combination of CCD imagers and computers would allow the brightness of millions of stars to be measured each night. And since then — in observational programs such as Poland's Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE), astronomers have discovered hundreds of examples of gravitational lensing and microlensing.

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The statement featuring Terry Oswalt at Embry-Riddle explained why this new research is different and significant:

When a star in the foreground passes exactly between us and a background star, gravitational microlensing results in a perfectly circular ring of light — a so-called 'Einstein ring.'

Sahu's group observed a much more likely scenario: Two objects were slightly out of alignment, and therefore an asymmetrical version of an Einstein ring formed. The ring and its brightening were too small to be measured, but its asymmetry caused the distant star to appear off-center from its true position. This part of Einstein's prediction is called 'astrometric lensing' and Sahu's team was the first to observe it in a star other than the sun …

Sahu's team measured shifts in the apparent position of a distant star as its light was deflected around a nearby white dwarf star called Stein 2051 B on eight dates between October 2013 and October 2015. They determined that Stein 2051 B — the sixth-closest white dwarf star to the sun — has a mass that is about two-thirds that of the sun.

Terry Oswalt explained that the finding is important because it "provides a new tool for determining the masses of objects we can't easily measure by other means." He said it also opens a new window to understanding "the history and evolution of galaxies such as our own."

Bottom line: Once again, Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity has been confirmed, using gravitational microlensing. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the mass of a nearby white dwarf, as it bent the light of a more distant star.

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          A creation that could change the internet forever        
The new program, Wolfram Alpha, showcased at Harvard University in the United States last week, takes the first approach in the direction that many consider to be the Internet's Holy Grail – a massive accumulation of data that understands and responds to regular language in the same way a human does.

Even though the program is still new, it has already produced massive interest and excitement with technology pundits and internet aficionados.

Computer professionals predict that the new search engine will an extraordinary jump in the advancement of the internet. Nova Spivack, an internet and computer expert, said that Wolfram Alpha could become just as important as Google. "It is really impressive and significant," he wrote. "In fact it may be as important for the web (and the world) as Google, but for a different purpose."

Tom Simpson, of the blog www.convergenceofeverything.com, said: "What are the wider implications exactly? A new paradigm for using computers and the web? Probably. Emerging artificial intelligence and a step towards a self-organizing internet? Possibly... I think this could be big."

Wolfram Alpha can not only provide a direct answer to queries such as "how high is Mount Everest?", but it will also produce a organized page of related information – all properly sourced – such as geographical location and nearby towns, and other mountains, complete with charts and graphs.

The real ingenuity, however, is in its ability to work things out "on the fly", according to its British inventor, Dr Stephen Wolfram. If you ask it to compare the height of Mount Everest to the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, it will tell you. Or ask what the weather was like in London on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it will cross-check and provide the answer. Ask it about D sharp major, it will play the scale. Type in "10 flips for four heads" and it will guess that you want to know the probability of coin-tossing. If you want to know when the next solar eclipse over Chicago is, or the precise current location of the International Space Station, it can work it out.

Dr. Wolfram, an award-winning physicist who is equations.

"I've wanted to make the knowledge we've accumulated in our civilization computable," he said last week. "I was not sure it was possible. I'm a little surprised it worked out so well."

Dr. Wolfram, 49, who was educated at Eton and had completed his PhD in particle physics by the time he was 20, added that the launch of Wolfram Alpha later this month would be just the beginning of the project.

"It will understand what you are talking about," he said. "We are just at the beginning. I think we've got a reasonable start on 90 per cent of the shelves in a typical reference library."

The engine, which will be free to use, works by drawing on the knowledge of the internet, as well as private databases. Dr. Wolfram said he expected that about 1,000 employees would be needed to keep its databases updated with the most recent discoveries and information.

Wolfram Alpha has been created with professionals and academics in mind, so its grasp of popular culture is, at the moment, comparatively poor. The term "50 Cent" caused "absolute horror" in tests, for example, because it confused a discussion on currency with the American rap artist. For this reason alone it is unlikely to provide an immediate threat to Google, which is working on a similar type of search engine, a version of which it launched last week.
"We have significant amount of popular culture information," Dr Wolfram said. "In some cases popular culture information is much more easily computable, so we can figure out who's related to who and how tall people are. I fully expect we will have lots of popular culture information. These are linguistic horrors because if you put in books and music a lot of the names collide with other concepts."

He added that to assist with that Wolfram Alpha would be using Wikipedia's popularity index to decide what users were likely to be interested in.

With Google now one of the world's top brands, worth $100bn, Wolfram Alpha has the ability to become one of the biggest names on the planet.

Dr. Wolfram, however, did not rule out working with Google in the future, as well as Wikipedia. "We're working to partner with all possible organisations that make sense," he said. "Search, narrative, news are complementary to what we have. Hopefully there will be some great synergies."
Just imagine that someday all information, like historical facts, and important data will be stored in computers! If this starts a revolutionary shift in education, teachers must become leaders today! Educators must be the pioneers of the newest technology on the web 2.0 platform! Start now. Click here to join the fastest growing community of teachers on the web. http://www.teachersweb20lounge.com
          An invention that might alter the internet forever        
The fledgling system, Wolfram Alpha, revealed at Harvard University in the US last week, takes the first approach in the direction that many consider to be the Internet's Holy Grail – a massive store of information that understands and replies to ordinary questions in the same way a person does.

Even though the system is still new, it has already generated massive interest and excitement with technology enthusiasts and internet aficionados.

Computer experts think that the new search engine will an extraordinary jump in the advancement of the internet. Nova Spivack, an internet and computer expert, advised that Wolfram Alpha could prove just as significant as Google. "It is really impressive and significant," he wrote. "In fact it may be as important for the web (and the world) as Google, but for a different purpose."

Tom Simpson, of the blog www.convergenceofeverything.com, said: "What are the wider implications exactly? A new paradigm for using computers and the web? Probably. Emerging artificial intelligence and a step towards a self-organizing internet? Possibly... I think this could be big."

Wolfram Alpha will not only provide a straight answer to queries such as "how high is Mount Everest?", but it will additionally produce a organized page of related information – all accurately sourced – such as geographical location and nearby towns, and other mountains, complete with graphs and graphs.

The real ingenuity, however, is in its ability to sort things out "on the fly", according to its British inventor, Dr Stephen Wolfram. If you ask it to compare the height of Mount Everest to the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, it will tell you. Or ask what the weather was like in London on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it will cross-check and provide the answer. Ask it about D sharp major, it will play the scale. Type in "10 flips for four heads" and it will guess that you need to know the probability of coin-tossing. If you want to know when the next solar eclipse over Chicago is, or the precise current location of the International Space Station, it can work it out.

Dr. Wolfram, an award-winning physicist who is equations.

"I've wanted to make the knowledge we've accumulated in our civilization computable," he said last week. "I was not sure it was possible. I'm a little surprised it worked out so well."

Dr. Wolfram, 49, who was educated at Eton and had completed his PhD in particle physics by the age of 20, added that the premier of Wolfram Alpha later this month would be only the beginning of the project.

"It will understand what you are talking about," he said. "We are just at the beginning. I think we've got a reasonable start on 90 per cent of the shelves in a typical reference library."

The engine, which will be free to use, works by drawing on the knowledge of the internet, as well as non-public databases. Dr. Wolfram said he predicted that about 1,000 employees would be needed to keep its databases current with the latest discoveries and information.

Wolfram Alpha has been designed with professionals and intellectuals in mind, so its knowledge of popular culture is, at the moment, comparatively weak. The term "50 Cent" resulted in "absolute horror" in tests, for example, because it confused a discussion on currency with the American rap artist. For this reason alone it is unlikely to provide an immediate threat to Google, which is working on a similar type of search engine, a version of which it launched last week.
"We have significant amount of popular culture information," Dr Wolfram said. "In some senses popular culture information is much more shallowly computable, so we can figure out who's related to who and how tall people are. I fully expect we will have lots of popular culture information. These are linguistic terrors because if you place in books and music a much of the names clash with other concepts."

He added that to help with that Wolfram Alpha would be utilizing Wikipedia's popularity index to decide what users were likely to be interested in.

With Google now one of the world's top brands, worth $100bn, Wolfram Alpha has the ability to become one of the biggest names on the planet.

Dr. Wolfram, however, did not rule out working with Google in the future, as well as Wikipedia. "We're working to partner with all possible organisations that make sense," he said. "Search, narrative, news are complementary to what we have. Hopefully there will be some great synergies."
Just imagine that eventually all information, like historical facts, and important statistics will be stored in computers! If this starts a revolutionary shift in education, teachers must become experts now! Educators need to be the pioneers of the newest technology on the web 2.0 platform! Begin now. Click here to join the fastest growing community of educators on the web. http://www.teachersweb20lounge.com
          The best of 2015 that will last in 2016        

The best of 2015 that will last in 2016

A new year starts and with it new models, new styles, new designs will come and gone.  But despite all this excitement around the novelties there are a couple of oldies that will still be a blast in 2016.

Our goal was always to try to choose products that have that special something and now we present our favorites that we believe will still be very cool in the years to come.

Hygge Series 3012

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This watch has always been one of our favorites since we first saw it. The watch is simple, functional and visually appealing. Created to be a reinterpretation of time and awarded with the IF product design award, the Hygge 3012 became an icon on the design watch world. Why we love it? Simple, how cool it is to see the time in two disks?

Armogan Spirit of St. Louis

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Who said the “vintage inspiration” was done for 2016? Well they are wrong. It created beautiful pieces in 2015 and will continue to create astonishing designs in 2016. Armogan presented this beautiful watch last year and certainly will continue to be very wanted this year. It’s the beauty of “vintage inspiration“ when perfectly put into practice, it tend to be timeless, and so it is the Spirit of St. Louis. All the materials are well balanced; carefully selected buttons for the chronograph, old style date windows and a slightly curved glass. A very stylish design, equipped with a classic movement with a vintage touch. A must have in 2016 and beyond.

Proof Sawtooth blackbone polarized

Proof Sawtooth Blackbone Polarized

 

The Browline glasses, very popular during the 1950’s and 1960’s, inspired Proof to create this frames. Many famous figures, like Malcom X and Colonel Sanders wore this style of glasses and it still continues to be a hit among the famous and less famous people. It is usual to see Rihanna, or one of the guys from 1 Direction wearing these frames.

Constructed with a combination of metal, plastic and natural wood, the way that the Sawtooth blackbone reinterprets the browline style is awesome. That said we couldn’t let these sunglasses out of this list, don’t you think?

Void V03D

Watches Void V03D at Dialetu

The classic never goes out of style. Why this watch will continue to be loved in the years to come? Well it is a classic watch, round with three hands, a great company for any occasion, it never disappoints. We can have two types of watches, the-of-the-moment and the classics. Yes they are equally important and we need them in different moments of life, but we tend to place greater value on the latter, because, well they will never go out of style.

With the V03D Void created the perfect classic watch, designed for both men and women, very sophisticated and with little details that will dazzle you each time you see them, the V03D by Void is a must have.

Aãrk Marble

Aãrk marble watch at Dialetu

Owning a watch made with marble was posh in 2015 and it still is in 2016 don’t you think? Aãrk puts all its knowledge in designing beautiful timepieces and join forces with Daniel and Emma a duo of very talented industrial designers to create the Marble. Featuring a thin layer of real marble enclosed in a pared-back stainless steel case, the natural beauty of this watch speaks for itself. Built on principles of simplicity and playfulness, the Aãrk Marble is really unique, and when we say unique we mean it, because there aren’t two marble layers with the same pattern.

Aãrk Eclipse and Ziiiro Eclipse

Aãrk and Ziiiro Eclipse

Two brands, two different approaches, the same challenge putting the eclipse on your wrist.  How marvelous and unique is to see an eclipse? Well, now you can see one everyday on your wrist. Ziiiro uses a futuristic approach, characteristic of the brand whilst Aãrk uses a more design oriented approached and both results are exquisite.

The Aãrk Eclipse evokes the moon’s movement in relation to the earth and the sun directly on its dial; you just have to follow the hands movements. Built with high quality Italian leather and a stunning dual-tone plating case, the watch is beautiful and very functional.

The Ziiiro Eclipse uses a patented pigment to offer bright illumination of the dial, evoking the sun’s disk behind the moon during a solar eclipse.

Looking directly at the Sun can lead to permanent eye damage but looking to these eclipses will lead only to fascination. A natural phenomenon represented in an almost supernatural way.

Vitaly bracelets

 Vitaly Design at Dialetu

The combination of different materials and forms has never been so sexy. All the pieces designed by Vitaly have a special detail that makes us fall in love. It can be the clasp; just look how simple and brilliant is the way you close the cirkel or the claw evoking the old samurai tradition featured on the Kusari. It can be the way the vinil rope embraces the stainless steel pegs on the Arma or even the way cubes and spheres are put together on the Perlen. Reasons to get a Vitaly bracelet abound, the difficulty is to choose only one.

Triwa Sort of Black Gold and Rose Lansen

Triwa watches and sunglasses at Dialetu

Gold can be forever too. Golden watches were a hit last year, not only the yellow gold but also the rose gold. Hey it’s the color of the moment and it combines with every outfit you can think off.

Triwa is quite remarkable at creating watches and the gold ones are simply beautiful. The Triwa Sort of Black Gold speaks for itself; both the bracelet and the case are made of stainless steel in yellow gold, a true odd to the golden color. And if you get bored with all this yellow gold the watch comes with a leather black strap that it is very easy to replace, but who gets bored of such a marvelous piece?

The Triwa Rose Lansen is for the modest lover of gold, rose gold isn’t so shiny as the yellow gold but its likewise extraordinary. This piece is very elegant and comes with a modern chronograph, also all built in stainless steel but in rose gold color, it is a watch that will last forever while maintaining is beauty.

Mykonos Visus

Mykonos Visus watch at Dialetu

The Mykonos Visus is one of our most odd watches, and this makes it one of our favorites. The way it tells you the time is really unique, strange and at the same time simple. The red line marks the current time and the three disks rotate through it indicating the seconds, minutes and hours.

This is the watch that will impress all your friends; you can be sure to be the center of attention while wearing this watch. Besides this, it is very affordable, so no excuses to get one in 2016.

Hypergrand Maverick Chrono Duotone

Hypergrand Maverick Chrono at Dialetu

Hypergrand makes timepieces that are the common denominator of quality watchmaking, industrial design, and urban styling. The Maverick retains the modern straight-lined case architecture that is the hallmark of Hypergrand’s design. This model combines two tones, silver and gold and the result is remarkable. Wearing bold proportions while balanced with minimalist details, the Maverick is a must have in every watch collection.

And that’s it; the models we believe will continue to be talked about this year. Why we choose only ten? Cause the number 10 is has good has other but we could have listed many more, like the Aãrk Eon Silver, the BHO Drive Mark Bondi, the Triwa Turtle Nicki or the Panda Warhol Brown. We will talk about them in another time, but if you are eager to find other great and awesome products just browse our For Him or For Her pages and don’t forget to share with us your favorites.


          Solar Eclipse Viewing Party        
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Northwest Family YMCA Monday, August 21, 2017 1 – 3 pm Join us at the Y to view the once in a lifetime solar eclipse! Bring your own chair or blanket to the soccer fields to enjoy the event with family friends. Viewing glasses will be provided to the first 100
          Longway Planetarium's Traveling Sky Dome        

In preparation for the Solar Eclipse on August 21 we are inviting you to cast your eyes upward. Flint's Longway Planetarium's traveling program is bringing an inflatable dome of state-of-the-art video technology to our library, immersing the viewer in a dark, cloudless night sky during the daytime. Participants will experience the wonder of scientific exploration as the inflatable dome is rendered in a realistic model of the night sky over Michigan. With the aid of video images and simulations, students will get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth.

There will be one show, repeated three times according to the schedule below. Each show is approximately 30-40 minutes. Please sign up for only one of the time slots. Registration is required for ALL participants. The program is appropriate for patrons aged 5 and up.

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          What Time Will The Eclipse Pass Through Portland, Salem, Bend, & Other Parts Of Oregon + Where To Get Glasses        
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. The City of Portland will experience a a partial eclipse with 99.4% of the sun covered.
          Early morning total Solar Eclipse of November 2012 as seen from Queensland Australia | shadowchaser        

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          Solar Eclipse May 21 2012        
Watching the annular solar eclipse in Tokyo was a once in a lifetime chance. I was worried the clouds would gatecrash and obstruct the view, but the thin clouds added some drama to the photos.

          Solar Eclipse        
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cut a path across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Because this is the first time in nearly a hundred years that a total solar eclipse will touch […]
          Nikon Helps You Get Ready To Shoot The Total Solar Eclipse – 8/21/17        
This will be a once in a lifetime event! So whether you are traveling to the prime locations, or covering it from your home locale, time to get ready. Nikon, you know that company that put out a full frame Astrophotography DSLR, has produced 2 vids to get you going. They are all about this […]
          Think you’ll catch the eclipse with your smartphone? Think twice        

Smartphones will no doubt be at the ready on Aug. 21 to capture the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly 40 years.

But will pointing your phone’s camera directly at the sun damage ...

          The Rexburg Solar Eclipse: What You Need To Know…        

When Is The Rexburg Solar Eclipse? On Aug 21, 2017 at 11:33am a rare solar eclipse will pass over Rexburg.  The sun will be completely covered for 2 minutes and 17 seconds....

The post The Rexburg Solar Eclipse: What You Need To Know… appeared first on Rexburg Online.


          Wham Cam: The Sun and Moon?        
A total solar eclipse is less than two weeks away. An eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun in the sky and it’s Joe Snedeker’s inspiration for this edition of Wham Cam.
          You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron        
On August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow will race from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse. Umbraphile David Baron chases these rare events across the globe, and in this ode to the bliss of seeing the solar corona, he explains why you owe it to yourself to witness one, too.
          Wham Cam: Solar Eclipse?        
On August 21, 2017, parts of America will experience a solar eclipse. But what is a solar eclipse? Joe Snedeker heads to the Shoppes at Montage to see if folks there have the answer?
          Watch the solar eclipse from a private plane AND stay in an amazing Airbnb dome        
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          Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse        
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive....
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          Finding the right glasses to view the eclipse safely        
With the solar eclipse just eleven days away, people across the United States are getting excited to view it; but they have to do so safely.
          Into the shadow: What you need to know about the total solar eclipse that’s coming to North America        
On August 21, North America will experience its first and most accessible total eclipse of the sun in decades.
          Intel's 8th Generation Core CPUs launch on 21st August        

Coffee Lake launch is oddly timed, to coincide with "the Great American Solar Eclipse".
          #MorningMonarchy: March 8, 2016        
Hacking Hillary, solar eclipse and robot waiters + this day in history w/MH370 and our song of the day by Basia Bulat on your Morning Monarchy for March 8, 2016.
          Astrology of the Eclipse/ Open Lines        

Mark Lerner discussed the astrology of the full solar eclipse across North America on August 21st, and what it might portend. Followed by Open Lines.


          JUMP Hosting FREE Solar Eclipse Photography Course on Saturday        
I've already signed up and wanted to invite you to this free class with me. This two-hour class will get you the most likes on social media and you WON'T go blind! Continue reading…
          Emergency managers bracing for big eclipse crowd        
LIBERTY, Mo. — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to arrive in the metro area later this month to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in nearly a century. Emergency managers in Clay County are bracing themselves for a lot of congestion. Hotel rooms from St. Joseph to North Kansas City are booked solid for August 21st, the day of the solar eclipse. And emergency managers are planning for more than a million people who may travel […]
          Local science teachers on what you need to know if you plan on watching the total solar eclipse        
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time Earth witnessed a total solar eclipse was in 1918, so this year’s event has people everywhere hyped. Since this could be the only one we see in our lifetime, it’s important to know all of the facts before the big day Monday, Aug. 21. Two science teachers from Park Hill School District joined Fox 4’s Karli Ritter to chat about everything people need to know if they plan on watching the eclipse. Casey […]
          Chiquita claiming credit for “banana sun” eclipse in spoofy ads        

As the hype increases for one of the most anticipated events of the year — the Aug. 21 solar eclipse — Chiquita is turning the eclipse into a marketing opportunity, with a large dose of silliness.

The company says in its spoofy promos: “Chiquita will physically move the moon in front of the sun to create  an enormous fiery yellow banana in the sky.”

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          Eclipse science along the path of totality        
BOULDER, Colo. — Leading U.S. solar scientists today highlighted research activities that will take place across the country during next month's rare solar eclipse, advancing our knowledge of the Sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field and its effect on Earth's atmosphere.Experts at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) provided details at this morning's press conference about the array of technologies and methodologies that will be used to obtain unprecedented views of the Sun on Aug. 21. The experiments, led by specialized researchers, will also draw on observations by amateur skywatchers and students to fill in the picture."This total solar eclipse across the United States is a fundamentally unique opportunity in modern times, enabling the entire country to be engaged with modern technology and social media," said Carrie Black, an associate program director at NSF who oversees solar research. "Images and data from potentially as many as millions of people will be collected and analyzed by scientists for years to come."Total solar eclipse over India in 1980. (©UCAR, High Altitude Observatory. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)"This is a generational event," agreed Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA lead scientist for the 2017 eclipse. "This is going to be the most documented, the most appreciated eclipse ever."The scientific experiments will take place along the path of totality, a 70-mile wide ribbon stretching from Oregon to South Carolina where the moon will completely cover the visible disk of the Sun. Depending on the location, viewers will get to experience the total eclipse for as long as 2 minutes and 40 seconds. It will take about an hour and a half for the eclipse to travel across the sky from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic.NASA and other organizations are reminding viewers to take eye safety precautions because it is not safe to look at the Sun during an eclipse.For scientists, the celestial event is a rare opportunity to test new instruments and to observe the elusive outer atmosphere of the Sun, or solar corona, which is usually obscured by the bright surface of the Sun. Many scientific questions focus on the corona, including why it is far hotter than the surface and what role it plays in spewing large streams of charged particles, known as coronal mass ejections, that can buffet Earth's atmosphere and disrupt GPS systems and other sensitive technologies.Black noted that the moon will align exactly with the Sun's surface, which will enable observations of the entire corona, including very low regions that are rarely detectable. Obtaining observations from the ground is particularly important, she explained, because far more data can be transmitted than would be possible from space-based instruments."The moon is about as perfect an occulter as one can get," she said. "And what makes this an even more valuable opportunity is that everyone has access to it."In addition to training ground-based instruments on the Sun, scientists will also deploy aircraft to follow the eclipse, thereby increasing the amount of time they can take observations.An NCAR research team, for example, will use the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream-V research aircraft to take infrared measurements for about four minutes, helping scientists better understand the solar corona's magnetism and thermal structure. Scientists with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder will use visible and infrared telescopes on NASA's twin WB-57 airplanes in a tag-team approach, enabling them to get a unique look at both the solar corona and Mercury for about eight minutes. The goal is to better understand how energy moves through the corona as well as learning more about the composition and properties of Mercury's surface.Scientists will also study Earth's outer atmosphere during the eclipse. The ionosphere is a remote region of the atmosphere containing particles that are charged by solar radiation. Disturbances in the ionosphere can affect low-frequency radio waves. By blocking energy from the Sun, the eclipse provides scientists with an opportunity to study the ionosphere's response to a sudden drop in solar radiation.For example, a Boston University research team will use off-the-shelf cell phone technology to construct a single-frequency GPS array of sensors to study the ionospheric effects of the eclipse. This project could lay the foundation for using consumer smartphones to help monitor the outer atmosphere for disturbances, or space weather events, caused by solar storms. Another experiment, run by researchers at the University of Virginia and George Mason University, will use transmitters broadcasting at low frequencies to probe the response of regions of the ionosphere, while a Virginia Tech team will use a network of radio receives and transmitters across the country to observe the ionosphere's response during the eclipse.Citizen scientists also are expected to play a major role in taking valuable observations during the eclipse."This is a social phenomenon, and we have a significant opportunity to promote this and do all the science that we can," Guhathakurta said.The Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse (CATE) Experiment by the National Solar Observatory, for example, will rely on volunteers from universities, high schools, informal education groups, and national labs for an eclipse "relay race." Participants spaced along the path of totality will use identical telescopes and digital camera systems to capture high-quality images that will result in a dataset capturing the entire, 93-minute eclipse across the country. And a project led by the University of California Berkeley will assemble a large number of solar images, obtained by students and amateur observers along the eclipse path to create educational materials as part of the Eclipse Megamovie project."As these projects show, the eclipse will place the Sun firmly in the forefront of the national eye," said Scott McIntosh, director of NCAR's High Altitude Observatory. "This is a unique opportunity to communicate the fact that our star is complex, beautiful, and mysterious. At the same time, it is more critical than ever to study it, as solar activity can pose significant threats to our technologically driven society." 

          A guide to watching the solar eclipse in the Washington area - Washington Post        

Washington Post

A guide to watching the solar eclipse in the Washington area
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The Aug. 21 solar eclipse is coming, everyone in the Lower 48 will be able to see it, and the hype is building. But how awesome your viewing experience is will depend on whether you are treated to a total solar eclipse or a partial solar eclipse.
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          St. Louis Restaurant Holding Solar Eclipse Party Featuring Tattoos        
St. Louis Restaurant Holding Solar Eclipse Party Featuring TattoosThe solar eclipse is less than two weeks away, and a St. Louis restaurant is planning one of a kind souvenirs.
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          Equip for the Eclipse with Cool Safety Gear        
See the solar eclipse on August 21 in safety and style thanks to these glasses and gadgets.
          Night Watch In Sun Valley: Solar Eclipse And The Arts        
Idaho cities in the path of the total solar eclipse on August 21 are preparing to host hundreds of viewing parties. Some cities are more accustomed to welcoming tourists, like Sun Valley. Courtney Gilbert, from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, explained, "Hotels started selling out about two years ago. The city of Ketchum is partnering with the city of Sun Valley to organize a day of activities that will take place in Festival Meadows." She walks through an art show called Night Watch , curated by the Center's artistic director Kristin Poole. The exhibition features work by six contemporary artists, three of whom, Gilbert said, "are internationally known artists with long-established careers." The artists are Michal Rovner, Peter Alexander, Vija Celmins, Anna Fidler, Vanessa Marsh and Robert Zakanitch. The works are predominantly black and white and eerie: celestial landscapes and shadowy figures. They are all considerations of the night sky. The artistic focus on
          When you can watch spectacular meteor shower - and a partial solar eclipse        
This month, a feast of shooting stars light up the summer night sky, and there’s a chance to catch a partial solar eclipse.
          Best Places for Stargazing in Minnesota        

We’re excited about the August 21st solar eclipse, although we still haven’t planned out our road trip for it, and given how busy summer has become likely won’t. But for our astronomical fix, we did manage to get some stargazing in this spring. Taking pictures at night is more difficult than I realized, especially when you’re […]

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          Perseid meteor shower 'warm-up act' for this month's eclipse        
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Consider this weekend's Perseid meteor shower an opening act for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21....
          Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse        
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive....
          Nebraska agencies make special preparations for eclipse        
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State agencies are making special preparations for the solar eclipse that's expected draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Nebraska.
          Neil deGrasse Tyson slaps dimwits: ‘Odd no one denies the eclipse — like climate change, science predicts it’        
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson used the impending total solar eclipse to make a point about science and climate change. In a tweet on Thursday morning, Tyson noted that the same people who deny climate change have no problem believing that science can predict a solar eclipse. Odd. No one i...
          The Eclipse Was A Big Deal in 1878, Too        
This month’s Sparks podcast has the team really excited because they got to talk about one of the biggest public science spectacles of the year (probably the decade): the total solar eclipse that will cross the entire United States on Aug. 21. In the podcast, which runs in FiveThirtyEight’s What’s The Point feed, science writer […]
          The Solar Eclipse vs. Solar Electricity        
On Feb. 26, 1979, at 11 a.m. Eastern time, ABC News broke from regular programming for a special astronomical event: the last time in the 20th century that any place in the United States would experience a total solar eclipse. Fighting the infamous cloud cover for a shot of the vanishing sun over Portland, Oregon, […]
          We Asked Two Eclipse Chasers What Keeps Them Hooked        
Later this month, millions of Americans will be a tank of gas away from the total solar eclipse that will sweep across America from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s a moment that husband and wife Michael Zeiler and Polly White have been anticipating for decades. Together they’ve traveled the world chasing solar eclipses in places […]
          Don't Miss this Rare Once in a Lifetime Event in Montana        
Unless you've been living under a rock all summer, you've probably heard about the total solar eclipse making its way across the country on August 21. Here's the best place to watch it in Montana. Continue reading…
          How Do Glaciers Move?         
Five years ago my old pal Morrison (RIP) and I traveled down the Columbia Icefields Parkway. It was a great way to experience part of the Canadian Rockies including seeing the glaciers that melt and feed tributaries of rivers that will eventually reach the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans. This begs the questions of how long will these glaciers last and how do glaciers move? The answer to the latter question is the topic of a new It's Okay to be Smart video.

How Do Glaciers Move? explains how glaciers are formed, the physical properties of glaciers, and how glaciers move. The video also answers the question of whether a glacier is a solid or a liquid.


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As the return of football season approaches we hear more stories about professional and student athletes dealing with concussions. TED-Ed recently published a timely lesson about what happens to our brains when we have concussions. The six minute video explains what a concussion is, the short-term and long-term effects of concussions, and myths about concussions. The video from the lesson is embedded below.


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          Atlantic: 'King' Trump Should Heed Ill Omens Behind Eclipse        

As Americans across the country prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, some in the media have begun to speculate over whether or not there are, in fact, sinister undertones behind its arrival. In a piece for the Atlantic, listed under the magazine’s science section, Ross Anderson describes in detail how eclipses were often dreaded by ancient kings and rulers as a foreboding sign of things to come. He then goes on to link this connection back to none other than Donald J. Trump, warning how the current occupant of the Oval Office “should heed the signs. An eclipse sometimes bodes ill for a king.”

After explaining the science behind the eclipse and some of its history, Anderson explained how the sun was often tied into a king’s perception of power and himself:

This close identification with the sun might explain why kings have long feared eclipses. A surprising number of popes and monarchs have died in their wake. Louis XIV, the “sun king” who so loved decadent gold decor that he chose the solar sphere as his emblem, died just after an eclipse hung in the skies above Paris. Some ancient rulers, including Alexander the Great, executed a substitute king after an eclipse, as a kind of sacrificial hedge.

Of all the stories about earthly kings being laid low after an eclipse, my favorite comes from the psychedelic end-times text of Christianity, the Book of Revelation. In a dream, John of Patmos watches as the seals on the book of judgment rip open, each triggering a fresh calamity. After the sixth seal is torn, the sun darkens, as though in eclipse, and nature begins shedding its fundamental features. Stars drop to the Earth like fruit falling from the boughs of a tree. The planet’s crust shakes with unprecedented violence, displacing whole mountain ranges and islands. And all the world’s kings, princes, generals, and the rich slink away to hide among the rocks thrown off by the geological mayhem, or in caves, like Peter Thiel in his New Zealand bunker.

He later brought the negative associations between eclipses and kings back to Trump:

Now, the “Great American Eclipse” is scheduled to darken this country’s skies at a strange hour of its history, when the occupant of its highest office expresses admiration for strongman-like kings, and sometimes acts as though he, too, would like to be king. He should heed the signs. An eclipse sometimes bodes ill for a king.

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The Atlantic is not the first liberal outlet to draw comparisons between Trump and the eclipse. Newsweek penned a similar article recently drawing similar conclusions. It is fascinating that, for all its talk of adhering to science, the left chooses to peddle superstition and fictitious nonsense when it comes to this particular naturally occurring event.


          Hudson Valley Guide to Viewing This Year's Rare Solar Eclipse        
This year's rare solar eclipse will be visible from the Hudson Valley, but you should plan ahead exactly where and when to view it. Continue reading…
          The Earth’s Wildest Reactions to High Tides        
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The highest of high tides, called a spring tide, occurs when the earth, moon, and sun all line up, which they do at each Full Moon and New Moon. This alignment also happens, of course, during a solar eclipse, and the resulting spring tide is one of the more overshadowed aspects of North America's upcoming astronomical rarity.

In general though, spring tides bring about some wonderfully strange natural phenomena, especially in places with the most drastic fluctuations in sea level, including parts of Canada and the United Kingdom. Here are nine wild, watery places to appreciate the extraordinary effects of the moon's tidal force.


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Saltstraumen Maelstrom

Bodo, Norway

In a narrow channel in Norway's Saltstraumen sound is the strongest tidal current in the world. As the tide tries to fill Skjerstad fjord, up to 440 million tons of seawater forces its way through a narrow strait, with water speeds reaching 23 miles per hour. The powerful movement causes a series of whirlpools to form, called maelstroms due to their extraordinary force. When the current is at its strongest, the swirling vortices can reach up to 16 feet deep at the eye of the vortex. The Saltstraumen maelstrom is believed to be the most powerful tidal whirlpool on the planet.

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Reversing Falls

Saint John, Canada

The Bay of Fundy is home to the largest tidal range in the world, with variations between high tide and low tide reaching upwards of 52 feet, roughly the same height as a five-story building. Due to these drastic surges, when the powerful tides come up—some of the highest in the world—it can cause the river waters to reverse course multiple times throughout the day. Remarkably, at the bay's "Reversing Falls," a series of powerful (if squat) waterfalls also change direction with the tidal current.

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Severn Bore

Minsterworth, England

Britain's Severn river also has an exceptionally large tidal range—the water level difference between low and high tide—which causes one of the world's most spectacular tidal bores, a large wave that flows upstream against the current. On the days when the bore is strongest—like it was during the “super tide” that coincided with the 2015 solar eclipse—surfers and tourists flock from around England to experience the curious wave. In fact, the River Severn is the birthplace of river surfing, a sport that wouldn't exist without tidal bores.

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Hopewell Rocks: 'Flower Pots'

Hopewell Cape, Canada

Also known as the "Flowerpot Rocks" due to their unique tapered shape, the Hopewell Rocks are one of the most unique tidal formations in North America. Caused by the ever-moving tide off the Canadian coast, these rocks have spindly bases and arches that continue to be gnawed away at by the sea. The tidal level here is drastic enough that one can walk the beach at the base of the stones one day and be 50 feet underwater the next on the very same spot.

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The Silver Dragon: Qiantang Tidal Bore

Jiaxing, China

The rising tide coming in from Hangzhou Bay is funneled by the shape of the Qiantang River into the world’s largest tidal bore, a long breaking wave known as the "Silver Dragon," which sometimes reaches 30 feet high. The tidal bore is first seen as a distant stroke of silver on the horizon, then the rushing sound of a great waterfall can be heard growing steadily louder as it approaches at a speed up to 25 miles per hour. Visitors have flocked to view the phenomenon for hundreds of years during the highest tides. Indeed, the regular occurrence of the Silver Dragon produced the oldest known tide table in 1056, to help tourists arrive in time to see the fast-moving wave.

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Salin Aigues-Mortes

Aigues-Mortes, France

Salt marshes can be found around the world, and are an especially stunning result of the ocean’s ebb and flow. They form along coasts where the tides have flooded part of the land, and the ecosystem has evolved to flourish in the saltwater. Pink salt marshes are more common than you would think, but one that actually has pink flamingos stalking its waters, like you’ll find at Salin Aigues-Mortes in Southern France, is truly something special.

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Salt Ponds of San Francisco Bay

Newark, California

Of all the tidal wetlands around the globe, few can compare to the kaleidoscope of color that brightens the grey landscape of the San Francisco Bay. These configurations of color against the drab shades of the bay are the San Francisco Bay salt ponds. The bright pond pockets of red and green are caused by the organisms or micro-algae living within them. The colors are reactions to salt levels, creating a stunning canvas of vibrant hues.

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Old Sow Whirlpool

Eastport, Maine

The largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere can be found off the coast of downeast Maine. Called the Old Sow whirlpool, it has been strange site for hundreds of years, caused by the enormous tides and the particular terrain of the ocean floor in the area. While it is one of the largest in the world, with a diameter of around 250 feet, the speed of its vortex does not come close to being the fastest.

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Mokolea Lava Pools

Kilauea, Hawaii

This partially submerged lava-ledge sits 20 feet above the sea, but the incoming tidal waves are often twice that height, drowning the rocks before receding to reveal a series of tidal pools in ancient lava formations. The largest and most photogenic of these pools is roughly the size of a hot tub and fills with thrashing sea water before receding back with the tide. Sea life is often caught in the strong tides, getting shoved up through the pools and briefly trapped in the pools.


          Get Free Eclipse Glasses at Your Local Library        
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If you're anything like the staff of Atlas Obscura, you're probably almost ready for the August 21 solar eclipse. You've gotten appropriately pumped. You've sung some Bonnie Tyler. You've sent your most burning celestial questions to your very favorite website. There is, perhaps, just one thing you haven't done: gotten your paws on a pair of extremely fashionable, extremely necessary eclipse-viewing glasses.

Never fear: as usual, your local library has (most likely) got your back. Up until the very moment the moon blacks out the sun, thousands of libraries across the United States are giving out eclipse glasses for free.

Many of the gratis glasses come from the STAR Library Network (or STAR_Net), a nonprofit that helps hook libraries up with science and technology resources. According to their website, "STAR_Net... has distributed over 2.1 million safe eclipse glasses to 7,000 unique locations including public library branches, bookmobiles, tribal libraries, library consortia, and state libraries in all 50 states."

If you'd like to find out whether yours is one of them, check out this handy map. (Most libraries suggest you call ahead before coming in, though, in case they're out.)

And if you'd rather get your own, be sure to choose a supplier from the American Astronomical Society's list of reputable solar viewer vendors. It's the only surefire way to avoid eclipse-eyeglass scammers, which are suddenly rampant.

You can trust the libraries, though—they want to keep your eyes safe, so that once all the fun is over, you can get back to books.


          How an 1892 'Trip to the Moon' Changed How We Think About Space        
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Most days in 1892, ticketholders at Manhattan's Carnegie Music Hall enjoyed programs of standard entertainment: the New York Philharmonic; a famous speaker; a ragtime show. But starting in February, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, they got something a little different. As soon as the theater's lights went down, the sun came up again, rising over an onstage lake that rippled just like the real thing. Next, the moon began to rise next to the sun, and gradually, dramatically obscured it. This was Scene #1 of A Trip to the Moon—a perfect rendition of the total solar eclipse of 1887, yanked through time and space and reconstructed inside the theater.

"Audiences had, in a sense, seen it all," writes the media scholar Artemis Willis. But when curtain lifted on A Trip to the Moon's first scene, "their cynicism yielded to wonder." Over the next 90 minutes, viewers were treated to a number of rare and, at the time, impossible sights: lunar landscapes, cosmic nebulae, the earth as viewed from the moon, and more, all produced through an alchemy of stagecraft, lighting, and special effects. By the time they rose from their seats, Willis argues, they had absorbed not only facts and figures, but a whole new way of looking at space.

As Willis details in a recent paper about the show, A Trip to the Moon was first dreamed up in 1889, at the Urania Institute in Berlin. Unlike most observatories at the time, which had their hands full catering to experts, the Institute focused on curious laypeople—what one admirer, the astronomer Edward Holden, described as "that very large and intelligent section of the public which is intensely interested in the results of astronomical observation… but does not care at all for the small details which the special student must attend to."

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As part of these efforts, the Institute put together a number of stage presentations, which taught attendees about everything from the geological birth of Earth to the tides and currents of the Arctic Ocean. The shows proved extremely popular, and when word of them reached Andrew Carnegie, he decided to bring one or two over to New York City and stage them in his brand new Music Hall. "Mr. Carnegie's idea is to discover whether there is real demand for such institutes in America, and to assist in founding them, if there is," wrote Holden.

The Berlin version of the show was already a multimedia marvel, but for its own trip to the Music Hall—about seven times the size of the theater at the Urania Institute—A Trip to the Moon got even more gussied up. Larger versions of the set pieces were painted in Berlin and shipped over, and the staging took full advantage of the Music Hall's recent renovations, during which the venue had been outfitted with electrical wiring and lighting.

Every scene involved what Willis calls an "electro-mechanical-theatrical tableau," in which stage lights waxed, waned, and changed colors, magic lanterns projected scenes onto set pieces, and backstage crew members put various props through complex paces. Plus, it was all accurate: "Each move of the moon was charted to accurately reflect the phenomena, and then choreographed behind the scenes," says Willis. "It would be really difficult to pull off such a performance today."

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For example, the climactic "Scene #6: Solar Eclipse as Seen from the Moon," involved three celestial bodies, each differently positioned, and all interacting with one another. As illustrated at the top of this article, the moon—the scene's vantage point—was represented by a painted canvas, lit from underneath by electric footlights. The sun was a lightbox sewn into a black drop cloth (which also had holes pricked in, for stars), and the earth was a phosphorescent disk with a ring of red gelatin around it. In the scene, the sun slowly crosses behind the earth, backlighting the gelatin and suffusing the stage with a red glow. The footlights below the canvas then gradually change to red, "transferring" the light of the eclipse to the moon's surface.

A Trip to the Moon premiered on February 10, 1892, to an intrigued audience. But after a week and a half of lukewarm reviews, the production took the step that, in Willis's view, really put it over the top: it went in for a script rewrite. The original narration, written by the Urania Institute's Max Wilhelm Meyer and performed by a wide-eyed actor, "was sort of clunky and romantic," Willis says. "The New York press picked up on that right away."

As one New York Times critic wrote, the "Wagnerian drama" didn't play well with this particular audience: "The lecture is heralded as gravely as if it were a new religion just discovered," they wrote. "The audience is edified so gradually that there is more awe than comfort in it."

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The producers went out looking for a script doctor, and settled on Garrett P. Serviss, an astronomy columnist for the New York Sun. Over the course of nine days, Serviss rewrote the narration completely; when the show re-opened, he had taken on hosting duties as well. The result was a Trip to the Moon that, a happier Times critic wrote, was led "by someone who knew the way." Where Meyer had spun grandiose tales, Serviss provided plainspoken explanations, grounded in facts. For example, during Scene #6, Serviss laid out exactly what was going on:

"Such an eclipse would present phenomena far different from those which we behold during a solar eclipse upon the earth. The most remarkable difference would be that arising from the fact that the earth is enveloped in air. The atmosphere of the earth, owing to its refractive property, acts like a lens surrounding the terrestrial globe, and bends the sunlight around its edge.

So, when the sun disappears behind the earth as seen from the moon, a brilliant circle of light girds the earth, and this light… produces a considerable illumination on the moon. The color of the luminous ring encircling the earth, under these circumstances, will be that of the sunrise and sunset sky, because the light has to penetrate the dust and vapor floating in the air, and the red rays most easily accomplish the passage."

Compare this, Willis says, to Meyer's version of the scene, in which the Earth is referred to as "the moon's astral mother," and its light as "the only agency of communication that is still left to her," sent through space "a last greeting to her only daughter, lost so early in death."

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A hobbyist astronomer himself, Serviss also made sure to foreground the concerns of actual experts. "He would try to find ways to help his audiences imagine our relation to the cosmos as investigators of it," says Willis. "[He was] encouraging a kind of mind travel, [as with the] 'Spaceship of the Imagination'"—a device Carl Sagan used, in his seminal television show Cosmos, to represent the possibilities of scientific inquiry.

A Trip to the Moon played at the Music Hall for just over two years, and then did a short tour of the East Coast. Its creators went on to successful careers: Serviss began lecturing full-time (and later established himself as a prolific science fiction author), and the show's lighting designer, J. Carl Mayrhofer, started his own company.

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But in Willis's reading, the show left another legacy: the ability for ordinary people to look at the heavens with something more than slack-jawed awe. Where earlier astronomical entertainments, including Meyer's original A Trip to the Moon, leaned into astronomy's reputation as "the sublime science"—full of proof of God's limitless power, and humanity's infinite smallness—A Trip to the Moon replaced some of that void-staring with curiosity. "It didn't just say, 'This is God's great work, be afraid of it,'" says Willis. "It described the phenomena in terms that produced wonder."

"The information was as new as possible, and the technology was as new as possible," she says. "That's where I think wonder was produced: in the space between the actual lunar phenomena, and the enactment of them." As with an eclipse, in which the juxtaposition of the sun and the moon makes each more magnificent, A Trip to the Moon made knowledge and its representation dance around each other, equal at last.


          Time Magazine Has Created a Tool to Show You How Cool the Solar Eclipse Will Look in Your City        
Can’t get to one of the cities and towns in the path of August 21’s total solar eclipse? Understandable — hotels in those areas are pretty much booked solid and have been for a while, and I don’t even want to check AirBnB prices. Not to worry — you’ll get a consolation prize. The whole nation will […]

This story was originally published at Time Magazine Has Created a Tool to Show You How Cool the Solar Eclipse Will Look in Your City


          My promise to Spring        


Maybe it is due to the pending solar eclipse, but I have been trying to take a look at some of the shadowy trails in myself - those wisps or lightning stikes that tend to block out the sun of my own light, my true self.

I wrote, in what seems like really another lifetime ago, that fear was running the show and that it was something that I wanted to work on. Save that it most certainly is the same lifetime, because I am still dealing with that exact issue. Granted, life has provided me (and us all) with some fresh material.

But amazingly, importantly, I might be getting to the heart of it (and I chose that word carefully): fear is expressed or conceived in direct relation to my lack of trust - in myself and, sadly, in the universe (or The Powers that Be if you prefer). If I am looking in the mirror and that is the reflection that I see? Well, it is tempting to look away, I can tell you that much. But how can I trust myself if I can't accept myself first? I get that. So I am digging down in my bones to summon the bravery and courage to lean in, even though I still am looking so dearly for something to hold onto, a structure that seems solid enough to carry my weight. It has to come from within.

I remember being on the plane on my way to the States very nearly one year ago. For some reason, I had a really clear idea that I should get the word "trust" tattooed in the whiteness of my inside wrist. The same blue-grey as my eyes in a sloping but formal cursive. So now, after so much, I have circled back to that very word and it is written, actually, only on the inside, and it is asking for attention. Shine a light, shine an eclipse.

Can I "imagine that life is always right," as Rilke asks? I have a blissfully good imagination, it is my main source of company at times. That too is in the footfalls of a leap towards trust. Off a cliff of the known into other, certainly, but there is great beauty in it.

And if there is anything where I can unhesitatingly invest my trust, it is in beauty. In Natural Beauty, specifically, that of the universe's gold dust. So I do.

It is where I will start, or start again (for the hundredth time), while coaxing that voice within me to believe that it is reliable and that I am too. I can grieve whatever experiences of abandonment happened either in childhood or, say, last month, and then move on. It will get there and I am listening. In the meantime, I can make a promise to Spring.

"Dear Spring, I give you my firm intention, to be open and present, to do my best 'à me liberer' from outdated beliefs. I will let your beauty guide me to renewal, with trust that all that I am experiencing is or will be for my best. I am so grateful to still be here and turned towards facing. Together, I hope that we can breathe anew. Thank you."

Trust could become the True North on my inner compass. Growth can spring from even blackened branches.

The words Self-Care and Potential are popping up quite a bit for me right now. Like popcorn. The latter makes me squirm uncomfortably and always has. It sounds like a threat but what if it isn't and is more of a promise instead? It feels possible, certainly when linked to another "P" word that has been swirling like a hawk: Purpose.


What do these words mean to you? And what promises are you hoping to make to Spring? No need to share (but by all means do if so inclined or email them along). It just might be interesting to ask, with the utmost of kindness, or maybe I am just hoping you will be by my side while I do. I know that I can trust in that too.


PS. I have a feeling that this is one of those posts that will come off as sad when it was meant to be anything but. There is so much positive that is buzzing in me, like the bees around the almond tree blossoms, announcing a new season.

PPS.  Thank you for stunning me yet again with your overwhelmingly kind responses to my previous post. You give me the courage to publish posts where I feel vulnerable to do so, such as this one!
 

          Eve of Totality, Aug 20        
Get prepared for the August 21st solar eclipse by learning how eclipses are formed and everything you need to know to safely observe one.
          Perseid meteor shower 'warm-up act' for this month's eclipse        
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Consider this weekend&apos;s Perseid meteor shower an opening act for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21....
          Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse        
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive....
          iOS 353: Science Apps for Summer        

iOS Today (Video-HI)

Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone talk about an app to help scientists with the solar eclipse, gamify entomology, do math with your Apple Pencil, and other iPad and iPhone apps to fill your summer with science.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/ios-today.

You can contribute to iOS Today by leaving us a voicemail at 757-504-iPad (757-504-4723) or sending an email to iOSToday@TWiT.tv.

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          Stunning solar eclipse pics        
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          DejalNews #71: Simon discount        

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DejalNews 2017-07, issue #71

Welcome

This is DejalNews, an occasional newsletter from Dejal.

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Simon price eclipsed

Much of the US will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. To celebrate this historic event, I thought I'd eclipse the price of Simon till the end of August. (Okay, a flimsy excuse for a discount, but why not — it's been quite a long time since the last one, even if not as long as since the last eclipse over the US, in 1918.)

This discount is automatically applied if you buy via the online store. Don't delay! Like the eclipse, this special only lasts a short time.

Already have Simon? Tell your friends and colleagues about it! I really appreciate any help spreading the word.

Setapp at 5 months

Recently TidBITS featured an article about Setapp, marking the five month period of Setapp's existence. I was quoted a number of times in this article, discussing my impressions of Simon in Setapp. Spoiler: I'm quite pleased with it so far. If you want lots of great apps (including Simon) for one low price, check out Setapp.

Time Out 2.3 coming soonish

I've been busy with consulting work of late, so work on Dejal apps has been rather slow. But I'll soon be getting back to it, as time allows, with several app updates and even new apps planned for the rest of the year.

The future plans are always subject to change, of course, but my current thought is to first work on an update to Time Out, to version 2.3. I have several planned enhancements, and some issues to fix... but if you have any requests, now would be a great time to let me know. Maybe your feature idea could make it into the next update!

- David


          Simon special: an eclipsed price for a limited time        

Much of the US will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. To celebrate this historic event, I thought I'd eclipse the price of Simon till the end of August. (Okay, a flimsy excuse for a discount, but why not — it's been quite a long time since the last one, even if not as long as since the last eclipse over the US, in 1918.)

This discount is automatically applied if you buy via the online store. Don't delay! Like the eclipse, this special only lasts a short time.


          Eastern National and Passport To Your National Parks® Announce Total Solar Eclipse Cancellation Stamps        
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          Total eclipse will be sight to behold at sea        
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a total eclipse, viewed from the Caribbean Sea. Royal Caribbean (cruise.center/royalcaribbean) is hosting a week-long Caribbean cruise aboard its massive Oasis of the Seas that will take advantage of the total solar eclipse […]
          Perseid meteor shower ‘warm-up act’ for this month’s eclipse        

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Consider this weekend’s Perseid meteor shower an opening act for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America. But the bright moon will wash out the finer Perseids. So the viewing rate will be […]
          Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse        

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive. They say mom was right: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver of it. So it’s time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use Aug. 21, […]
          â€˜Sunsquatch’: NASA Points Out Where You Can Find Bigfoot During the Solar Eclipse        
Legend has it, around 2 a.m. one summer morning in 1988, Christopher Davis, a 17-year-old from Lee County, South Carolina, encountered a creature that eventually gathered international attention and is now known as “Lizard Man.” As Post and Courier reported, Davis was fixing a flat tire on his car when he was apparently approached by […]
          UPDATE: How to score a last-minute deal to see the solar eclipse        
UPDATE: How to score a last-minute deal to see the solar eclipse
          The August Lunar and Solar Eclipses – A Message from the 12 Archangels        
The eclipses in August will give a strong upward push to the collective subconscious of humanity.
          The eclipse is coming. And companies are looking to cash in with chocolate doughnuts and more.        

The rare appearance of a total solar eclipse sweeping across America Aug. 21 promises to cast millions of people in temporary darkness, practically guaranteeing the event will become a social media phenomenon.

So no surprise, businesses are looking to cash in ahead of the big day.

Krispy Kreme...


          Planetary astronomy in ancient Greece        

As eclipse 2017 quickly approaches, Americans—from astronomers to photographers to space enthusiasts—are preparing to witness the celestial wonder that is totality. Phenomenon found within planetary science has long driven us to observe and study space. Through a shared desire to dismantle and reconstruct the theories behind our solar system, ancient Greek philosophers and scientists built the foundation of planetary astronomy.

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          What are the best ways to view a solar eclipse?        

Millions of people will soon travel to a narrow strip in America to witness a rare event: a total solar eclipse. On 21 August, many will look up to the sky to witness this phenomenon – will you be one of them? In the following shortened excerpt from Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024, learn what types of eyewear you should be using to watch the Sun disappear

The post What are the best ways to view a solar eclipse? appeared first on OUPblog.

        

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          Little League World Series plans to take solar eclipse in stride        

The greatest solar eclipse in American history is headed straight for us, but the kids will play on.

The Little League World Series has plans for the event, which will be the first in Series history, even though the path of totality will pass south of its Williamsport, Pennsylvania, location on...


          A glimpse at Eclipse 2017 [excerpt]        

Anyone who has experienced the diamond ring effect that heralds the start of a total solar eclipse will tell you that it is the most beautiful natural phenomenon that they have ever seen.

The post A glimpse at Eclipse 2017 [excerpt] appeared first on OUPblog.

        

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          A photographer’s guide to solar eclipses        

How do you capture the spectacle of a total eclipse with a camera? Photographing an eclipse isn’t difficult. It doesn’t take fancy or expensive equipment. You can take a snapshot of an eclipse with a simple camera (even a smartphone) if you can hold the camera steady or place it on a tripod. The first step in eclipse photography is to decide what kind of pictures you want.

The post A photographer’s guide to solar eclipses appeared first on OUPblog.

         

          Connecticut-Based Group Headed On Cross-Country Tour To Promote Upcoming Eclipse        

If you’ve never been in the path of totality of a solar eclipse, it can be a hard thing to describe. As the moon passes in front of the sun, an area about 70 miles wide is plunged into darkness – and it’s an experience unlike anything else.

But Paul Cox, the observatory and chief astronomical officer...


          When is the Perseid Meteor shower and how can I see it?        

When is the Perseid Meteor shower and how can I see it?The Perseids is an annual meteor shower that peaks around mid-August,with this year's peak expected between 11 and 13 August. It's regarded as one of the brightest and most visible meteor showers. Here's everything you need to know about the spectacle, including dates and where to see it.  #perseids are coming!! pic.twitter.com/F19pqGL3nO— GaryFildes (@TheGaryFildes) July 9, 2017 A post shared by Anders Nilsson (@fotoandersnilsson) on Aug 9, 2017 at 1:33am PDT Lucky snap! I caught this early bird #perseids #meteor just before packing up. It may look like daytime in this image, but it's only the effect of a bright and just off frame #Moon. The #perseid #meteorshower will peak the night of August 12th so grab a blanket, buds, and some #darksky. #nightsky #astronomy #landscapeastro #nightscape #sonyalpha #sonya7s @weownthenight_az @instagramaz @earthskyscience @visitsedona #sedona #cathedralrock #redrocks #az #arizonasky @joanwood01 @_tzr_ A post shared by jarredpd (@jarredpd) on Aug 7, 2017 at 11:27am PDT What is a meteor shower? Ameteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet, in this case comet Swift-Tuttle. Perspective makes meteor showers appear to emanate from a single point in the sky known as the shower radiant. A typical meteor results from a particle the size of a grain of sand vaporising in Earth’s atmosphere when it enters at 134,000mph. Something larger than a grape will produce a fireball and this is often accompanied by a persistent afterglow known as a meteor train. This is a column of ionised gas slowly fading from view as it loses energy. The Perseids appear to originate from within the star constellation Perseus, hence the shower's name. A shooting star, top left, is seen during the Perseid meteor shower in Poland in 2016.  Credit: EPA/LUKASZ OGRODOWCZYK When can I see the Perseid meteor shower? The window for this year's meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24. Stargazers stand a chance of seeing the shower at any point in this window, however the peak will occur around August 11, 12 and 13.  The best time to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am BST in the Northern Hemisphere until the onset of dawn twilight. Space.com says the moon, which will be three-quarters full at the time of the peak, will rise around 11pm meaning the spectacle will be trickier to see this year. However, sky-watchers should still be able to see the shower, despite the moon's glare.  Peak rates of 150-200 meteors per hour were recorded in 2016, but typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour streaking across the night sky, each leaving a trail.   Complete list of every full moon in 2017  The worlds best stargazing locations How can I see it? Choose a dark location away from stray lights and give yourself at least 20 minutes in total darkness to properly dark adapt. Look at a height approximately two-thirds up the sky in any direction. If you want a recommendation, east through south offers some great background constellations in the early hours during August. Look for the shower's "radiant" from the north-east corner of Perseus. Here are a few great places to view the shower. Galloway Forest Park: Galloway is a couple of hours from Glasgow and an hour from Carlisle. The park's most popular spot for stargazing is Loch Trool. Exmoor and around: Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011. Light pollution is managed to make the area more appealing to amateur astronomers. Romney Marsh: Night once provided cover for smugglers known as Owlers, but today Romney Marsh offers celestial bounty, arching over a landscape adorned with the spires of ancient churches. Kielder: Kielder Forest is officially the darkest place in England – 250 square miles of wooded beauty where Northumberland brushes against Scotland. It has its own fabulous, modern, wood-clad observatory on the slopes of Black Fell above Kielder Water. North York Moors: As well as stunning night skies, the North York Moors boast historic market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, plus appealing coastal spots, including Scarborough and Whitby. Reader sends in beautiful Perseid timelapse 00:15 Tell me more about Comet Swift-Tuttle The wonderfully named Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parents of the Persied meteor shower, is the largest object known to repeatedly pass Earth (it's 16 miles wide). It orbits the sun ever 133 years and each time it passes through the inner solar system, it warms up releasing fresh comet material into its orbital stream, according to earthsky.org.  The last time it was closest to the sun was in December 1992. It will be back again in July 2126.  Total solar eclipse 2017: explainer



          Solar Eclipse over Warrensburg        
Monday, Aug. 21 a solar eclipse path stretching from the coast of Oregon to Georgia will be available for viewing all over the United States. Continue reading…
          Solar Eclipse – 8/11/2017        
Solar eclipse sequenceHave you heard the news? On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States! During this rare event, the moon passes between the Sun […]
          Cute Solar Eclipse Tees from Jane – Just $13.99!        

Are you excited for the solar eclipse this August? Can we all use some fun tees like this in our summer wardrobe? Yes please! These  graphic tees are so trendy right now! These are just so much fun! I just love the graphics – the solar eclipse graphics are so perfect! There are sizes for the whole family! Check out the Solar Eclipse Tees on Jane! They come in 1 design and 5 different colors! I can’t believe how perfect these are and they are a great deal at just $13.99! Hurry and get yours because they are gone when they are gone! Grab one before they sell out!

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          Solar Eclipse Glasses 12 Pack Only $8.99 Shipped!        

Through August 13th you can score the BriteNway Premium Solar Eclipse Glasses 12 pack for just $8.99! And shipping is free for everyone! If you’re wanting to watch the eclipse you’ll need to make sure you have some of these glasses! So get yours ordered than mark your calendar for August 21st!

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          #5: Celestron EclipSmart Solar Shades Observing Kit Includes Four ISO Certified Solar Eclipse Glasses & 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Guidebook        

Celestron EclipSmart Solar Shades Observing Kit Includes Four ISO Certified Solar Eclipse Glasses & 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Guidebook by Celestron (Visit the Bestsellers in Electronics list for authoritative information on this product’s current rank.) Amazon.ca: Bestsellers in Electronics

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          Thursday on Lake Effect: Foxconn Factory Forecast, Milwaukee County Parks, Impending Solar Eclipse        
Thursday on Lake Effect : Journal Sentinel economics reporter, John Schmid, talks about the likelihood of a Foxconn factory in Racine coming to fruition. Later, why advocates of a sales tax to bolster Milwaukee County Parks would like to see it wrapped up in a statewide initiative. The UWM Planetarium gears up for the solar eclipse next month, and guitar virtuoso Greg Koch shows off his new trio in our performance studio. Guests: John Schmid, economics reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tom Tolan and Virginia Small, writers, “No Picnic" article in Milwaukee Magazine Jean Creighton, director, Manfred Olson Planetarium The Koch Marshall Trio
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The solar eclipse of March 2015 was my very first attempt to capture one. The...
          Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 10, 2017        



LOCAL NEWS

From the Macon County Board of Education:

the Board approved by a 5-0 vote for Monday, August 21, 2017, to become an optional workday for all faculty and staff at Macon Early College with no classes for students. (This day will be made up. Mr. Sutton will plan accordingly and a make-up day will be discussed, approved and announced at a later time.) Please remember, our Board previously approved for Monday, August 21, 2017, to be an optional workday for faculty and staff at all other schools.


**note** Due to mechanical problems with the news van, Macon MEdia was not able to be there, so no video of the August 2017 Board of Education meeting will be published.


LOCAL OUTLOOK

A frontal boundary will remain across the region the next couple of days, with deep moisture potentially bringing periods of heavy rainfall. A stronger front will approach the forecast area this weekend and stall as well, with showers and thunderstorms expected to persist through the middle of next week.


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Weather Almanac for August 10th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 44°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1953
Greatest Rainfall 3.14 inches in Nantahala in 1973
Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon. Increasing chance of scattered showers peaking to 60% chance in the late afternoon, along with afternoon thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are possible in locations that see rain. Not everyone will.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to develop after 11 pm and lows in the 60s. Calm winds and a 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.




FRIDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and variable light winds. 60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible. Some locations may see more.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 4 am.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. 40% chance of rain.

HAZARDS

Isolated thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Brief heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and cloud to ground lightning can occur with any thunderstorm.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.
HUrricane FRANKLIN has made land fall in Central Mexico and the remnants will be over the Pacisif in a day or so.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 10 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Franklin, which has just made landfall in eastern Mexico.

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a trough of low pressure located about 250 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands remain limited in extent and organization. Some slow development of this system is possible by this weekend while the trough moves northwestward over the western Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

2. A trough of low pressure over the Bahamas and the Florida Straits is producing disorganized shower activity. Although development appears unlikely, this system could bring areas of heavy rain to portions of the Bahamas and Florida during the next day or two.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:22 a.m.
Sunrise 6:50 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:27 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:55 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 9:48 p.m. last night
Moon transit 3:37 a.m.
Moonset 9:32 a.m.
Moonrise 10:23 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on August 9, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 91% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:35 am on August 10, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 9, 2017        



LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County Commissioners met last night for their monthly meeting. During the meeting, commissioners voted to make August 21st, the day of the total solar eclipse a paid holiday for county employees. Essential personnel will be on call or will work that day and it will be an all-hands on deck situation for law enforcement and public safety employees from Friday through Monday due to the crowds that may arrive in the county to observe the eclipse.

Video and supporting documents from that meeting will be available on the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/macon-county-commissioners-regular.html


LOCAL OUTLOOK

A frontal boundary will stall across our region and remain through the end of the week, with deep moisture potentially bringing periods of heavy rainfall. A stronger front will approach the forecast area this weekend and stall as well, with showers and thunderstorms expected to persist through the middle of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August 9th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1952

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Partly sunny with highs in the 70s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southeast in the afternoon. Rain chances will increase through the day, reaching 40% by 6 pm. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible mainly after noon.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.




THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 in the Franklin and Otto areas and in the 70s in Nantahala and Highlands and in the higher elevations. 60% chance of scattered showers with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



FRIDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and the 70s in the Nantahala and Highlands areas and the higher elevations. 60% chance of rain, mainly between 9 am and 3 pm.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. 40% chance of rain.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.
Tropical Storm FRANKLIN is over the Gulf of Mexico and then it will make land fall in Central Mexico.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 9 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Franklin, located off the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula.

1. A trough of low pressure located about 550 miles east of the Leeward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to remain hostile for significant development during the next couple of days. However, environmental conditions are forecast to become somewhat conducive for development late this week while the system moves generally west-northwestward at about 15 mph over the western Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:22 a.m.
Sunrise 6:49 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:28 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:56 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 9:12 p.m. yesterday
Moon transit 2:49 a.m.
Moonset 8:32 a.m.
Moonrise 9:48 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on August 9, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 96% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:12 am on August 9, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Macon County Commissioners Regular August 2017 Meeting        


The Macon County Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6 pm in the Commissioners Boardroom located on the third floor of the Macon County Courthouse. You can access this room via the back parking lot. A copy of the public agenda and the agenda packet are posted below. If sufficient bandwidth is available at the meeting, a live video player will be inserted.

 PUBLIC AGENDA 


MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AUGUST 8, 2017
AGENDA

1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Announcements

3. Moment of Silence

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing(s) -

6. Public Comment Period

7. Additions to the agenda

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9. Reports/Presentations
A. Franklin High School (FHS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
B. 4-H Youth Voice representative at North Carolina Association of County Commissioners annual conference - Teighlor Holland
C. (left blank in original document)

10. Old Business
A. Placement of new Public Safety Training Center on Southwestern Community College Campus
-- County Manager and SCC President Dr. Don Tomas
B. Presentation of proposed changes to grading license ordinance
-- Planning, Permitting, and Development Director Jack Morgan and the County Attorney

11. New Business
A. Approval of revised fire district map for Cowee Fire and Rescue Department
--Emergency Services Director Warren Cabe
B. Agreement for Recreational Opportunities with the Scaly Mountain Historical Society
-- Finance Director
C. Landscape Renovation Plan for the Robert C Carpenter Community Building
-- Henry (Hank) Ross
D. Request from North Carolina Forest Service
-- Benjamin Keener
E. Discussion of possible closure of county offices on August 21st (eclipse)
--County Manager

12. Consent Agenda - Attachment #12
(All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners)
A. Minutes of the June 13, 2017, regular meeting and the June 11, 2017, regular meeting
B. Budget Amendments #18-27
C. Tax Releases for July 2017
D. Tax Settlement Report
E. Monthly Ad Valorem Tax Report (no action necessary)

13. Appointments

14. Closed session (if necessary)

15. Adjourn/recess


A video will be added to this article in the morning. If there is sufficient internet bandwidth, a live video feed will be posted, otherwise, a recorded version will be added in the morning so you can see and hear exactly what transpires in the meeting.

DISCUSSION TO CLOSE COUNTY OFFICES ON AUGUST 21st

The Macon County Commissioners, after a discussion with Sheriff Robbie Holland and Emergency Management Director Warren Cabe, voted 5-0 to close county offices on the day of the solar eclipse and give employees a paid holiday for that day. Essential employees will work on that day and all available public safety employees will be working from Friday to Monday. Here is a video of that entire discussion:



VIDEO




MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with reporters/photographers present)

Macon Media
The Franklin Press
Macon County News and Shopping Guide
WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM



AGENDA PACKET


Agenda Packet 08-08-2017 Commissioners Meeting by Bobby Coggins on Scribd


Cowee Map With Mason Branch Sub-Station (Proposed)


Cowee Map With Mason Branch Sub-Station Not Approved by Bobby Coggins on Scribd



CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at >> https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 4:20 pm on August 8, 2017




Be kind to one another.





          Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 8, 2017        



LOCAL NEWS

The Franklin Town Council met last night. Video and supporting documents from that meeting can be seen at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/franklin-town-board-august-2017-meeting.html

Mission Health announced it was receiving a $1.25 Million Grant from The Duke Endowment to integrate behavioral health care together with primary care throughout western North Carolina, noting an increased need for mental health service over the last few years. Read the press release at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/mission-health-awarded-125-million.html

The National Forests in North Carolina sent out a news release regarding the anticipated increase in traffic in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests due to people visiting the forest to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse and concerns for visitor safety. Read it and follow the links provided for more information at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/solar-eclipse-expected-to-cause.html


LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will sink through the area today. A passing upper-level disturbance will bring additional rounds of rainfall along the front later this morning, and scattered showers and storms are expected to develop in the afternoon. The front is expected to stall again across our region and remain through the end of the week, with deep moisture bringing periods of heavy rain.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August 8th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 44°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948
Greatest Rainfall 2.24 inches in Highlands in 1974

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy with highs in the 70s and variable light winds. Rain is likely today, with an increased chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch are expected, with higher accumulations possible locations that see multiple heavy rain bands and thunderstorms.


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s (Highlands, Nantahala, and higher elevations will see the upper 50s). Chances of rain drop off as the evening progresses.




WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s and calm winds in the morning, then from the east in the afternoon. Moderate rain chances. 40% in the Franklin area and 60% chance in the Nantahala and Highlands area. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s in the main valley (Otto, Franklin, and Cowee) and the upper 50s and lower 60s elsewhere in the county. Light winds out of the east and rain chances around 30%.



THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s with rain chances increasing as the day progresses, becoming likely after 4 pm.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper 50s to the mid-60s depending on elevation. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 9 pm.

HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous rain bands and thunderstorms are expected to cross the area today. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible. The main hazards will be heavy rainfall, strong gusty winds, hail, and frequent lightning. My suspicion is that most of the storms will pass to our south, but since the National Weather Service and computer models show storms crossing the county today, I have included it in the briefing.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook that includes Macon County and a copy is posted below:

..TUESDAY...Heavy rain possible. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected again. This will keep the threat for heavy rainfall in place across the area.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.
Tropical Storm FRANKLIN is over the Yucatan Peninsula this morning and will likely cross into the Gulf of Mexico and then make land fall in Central Mexico. It is possible that moisture from the remnants of this system could bring rain to our region sometime in the next 5 to 10-day range.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 8 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Franklin, located inland over the Yucatan peninsula about 45 miles north of Chetumal, Mexico.

1. A trough of low pressure located about 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized cloudiness and showers. Development of this system is not expected during the next few days due to unfavorable environmental conditions. However, some development of this system is possible by late weekend while the system moves west-northwestward at about 15 mph over the western Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:21 a.m.
Sunrise 6:48 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:30 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:57 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 8:34 p.m. yesterday
Moon transit 2:01 a.m.
Moonset 7:33 a.m.
Moonrise 9:12 p.m.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on August 7, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 8, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 99% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:17 am on August 8, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Solar Eclipse Expected to Cause Increase in Traffic on Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests        


PRESS RELEASE
National Forests in North Carolina

Asheville, N.C., August 7, 2017- Due to the increase in visitors expected for the solar eclipse on August 21, U.S. Forest Service staff encourage drivers to understand parking rules and plan ahead for high amounts of traffic on narrow forest roads.

Use extreme caution when driving and parking, and pay close attention to other vehicles, pedestrians, and bikers that will be sharing the roads and will likely be distracted. Plan to arrive early at your destination so that you can park legally.

"We want visitors who come for the eclipse to have a safe and enjoyable experience. To ensure safety, we need to keep roadways clear for emergency vehicle use," said Allen Nicholas, Forest Supervisor of the National Forests in North Carolina. "As you travel on forest roads, keep in mind that there has to be enough space for fire trucks and ambulances to get up and down roads in case of an emergency."

Parking is not allowed in or on roads, and at sites with "No Parking" signs. If a vehicle is impeding the flow of traffic, it will be towed. When parking on a roadside, be aware that unseen ditches often parallel roads. Natural resources and vehicles can be damaged while entering or exiting a ditch and vehicles frequently require towing from these areas.

Popular areas will likely meet capacity early in the day, and visitors may be directed elsewhere. Forest Service management is focused on public safety and protecting natural and cultural resources. It may be necessary to control traffic and parking, as well as restrict access to some areas to reduce the potential for damage. Forest visitors are reminded to check the National Forests in North Carolina Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) for safety alerts and road closures put in place to ensure emergency access.

Plan your visit in advance and know what to expect before you arrive. Many roads on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are rough and may not be suitable for vehicles without high clearance or 4 wheel drive. Remote locations outside of developed recreation areas have very limited access and parking, restricted traffic flow, and no facilities with running water. Cell phone service can be limited or unavailable and GPS units are often unreliable in the forest, so plan your route in advance and have a map.

For more information, check out our website at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.



DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree

service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.



CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a

real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at >> https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 3:15 pm on August 7, 2017







          Franklin Town Board August 2017 Meeting        


The Franklin Town Board will be meeting tonight at 7 pm in the lower level of the town hall building located at 95 East Main Street. A video will be added to this article in the morning. If there is sufficient internet bandwidth, a live video feed will be posted, otherwise, a recorded version will be added in the morning so you can see and hear exactly what transpires in the meeting.

VIDEO OF MEETING


MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with reporters/photographers present)

Macon Media
WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM
The Smoky Mountain News
The Macon County News and Shopping Guide
The Franklin Press


Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen

Agenda
August 07, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott
2. Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Patti Abel
3. Adoption of the August 7, 2017 Town Board Agenda
4. Approval of July 3, 2017 Town Board Minutes
5. Public Session

6. New Business
A.) Discussion on Proposed Duke Energy Utility Easement - Lisa Leatherman
B.) Presentation on the use of Narcan - Town Manager Summer Woodard and Jeremy Cabe
C.) Proclamation for WFSC Radio Celebration - Sean Gibson
D.) Budget Amendment - Finance Officer Kyra Doster
E.) Update on 2017 Solar Eclipse - Town Manager Summer Woodard
F.) Discussion on Bike Rack locations - Land Use Administrator Justin Setser and Town Manager Summer Woodard
G.) Update on Town of Franklin Water Treatment Plant Project -Town Manager Summer Woodard
H.) Discussion on Outdoor Movie Theater Partnership - Town Manager Summer Woodard
I.) Discussion on the Whitmire Property - Town Manager Summer Woodard

7. Legal
A.) Forward Unified Development Amendment Regarding Event Facilities to the Town Planning Board - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
B.) Contract Award for Actiflo Project - Town Attorney John Henning Jr.
8. Announcements
A.) Public Safety Day will be Saturday August 19, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Gazebo
B.) Solar Eclipse Block Party will be Monday August 21, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
9. Adjournment

A copy of the agenda packet that has been made available to local media outlets is posted below in the interest of transparency.




August 2017 Aldermen Agenda Packet by Bobby Coggins on Scribd



DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at >> https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia


Published at 11:00 am on August 7, 2017










          Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, August 7, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A warm front will remain north of the area today as low pressure moves from Texas across the Ohio Valley. The low pressure will move off the New England Coast and pull the front back over the forecast area as a cold front on Tuesday. The front is expected to stall again across our region and remain through the end of the week, with deep moisture and periods of heavy rain likely.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August 7th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Highlands in 1930
Lowest Temperature 43°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1950
Greatest Rainfall 3.64 inches in Highlands in 1937

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy with periods of rain after a morning lull. Highs will be in the 70s. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph from the south with variably higher wind gusts in the afternoon. Rain is likely and thunderstorms are possible, mainly in the afternoon or later. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected with higher accumulations possible locations that see multiple heavy rain bands and thunderstorms.



TONIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the 60s and variable light winds. Rain is likely and thunderstorms possible with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected and more possible. Rain may be heavy at times.




TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s and may approach 80 if there are breaks in the cloud rain and cloud cover. Winds are expected to be calm and rain chances between 50% and 70% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch expected. More may be possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. 50% chance of rain.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s. Chance of showers and thunderstorms is moderately high, between 60% and 80%, with southern portions of the county more likely to see rain.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. 40% to 60% chance of rain across the county with better chances near the Highlands area.

HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to arrive in the area this afternoon and evening. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible. The main hazards will be strong gusty winds, hail and frequent lightning.

A prolonged rain event is underway that may last until Wednesday. A Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service about the system is posted below:

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..TODAY...Numerous showers and thunderstorms will move across the area through the day and into the evening. The potential exists for these storms to produce torrential rainfall. Some areas may experience multiple rounds of such storms, resulting in locally significant accumulation and possible flash flooding.

In addition, a few of the storms could become severe with damaging downburst winds the main threat.


..TUESDAY...Heavy rain possible. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected again. This will keep the threat for heavy rainfall in place across the area.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.

Tropical Storm FRANKLIN has formed in the Caribbean just north of Honduras and it is likely the storm will may landfall in central Mexico later this week.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 7 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Franklin, located a few hundred miles east of Belize.

1. An elongated area of low pressure located about midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity. Environmental conditions are forecast to be unfavorable for development during the next several days. Upper-level winds could become more conducive for some gradual increase in organization by late week while the system moves generally west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic at about 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:20 a.m.
Sunrise 6:47 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:31 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:58 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 7:53 p.m. last night
Moon transit 1:13 a.m.
Moonset 6:36 a.m.
Moonrise 8:34 p.m.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on August 7, 2017, at 2:11 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 6, 2017: Full Moon with 100% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:57 am on August 7, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, August 6, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A warm front will move north through the area today, remaining north of the area Monday as low pressure moves from Texas across the Ohio Valley. The low pressure will pass to the East Coast and pull the front back into the area as a cold front Tuesday. It is expected to stall yet again across our region and remain through the end of the week, with deep moisture and periods of heavy rain likely.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August 6th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 43°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948
Greatest Rainfall 2.60 inches in Nantahala in 1975

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog early. It will be cloudy early with clearing until mid-morning, then clouds will increase as rain chances increase. Highs near the lower 80s. Higher elevations and Nantahala will be in the mid to upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning will increase to 5 to 10 mph from the south by the afternoon. Rain chances will gradually increase through the day from 20% in the morning to 40% by 6 pm. Rain will approach the county from the south. Strong storms may be possible.



TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and variable light winds. Rainfall chances will increase, becoming likely after midnight with a few embedded thunderstorms being possible. Amounts of precipitation are expected to be between a quarter to half an inch of rain with more being possible in locations that see multiple rounds of thunderstorms. Strong storms are possible.




MONDAY

Cloudy with highs in the 70s. Winds from the south in the morning becoming light and variable. Rain and thunderstorms are likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible and more in locations that see thunderstorms. Rain will be heavy at times.

MONDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. Rain is likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible.



TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s and calm winds. Rain and thunderstorms are likely.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. Rain chances begin decreasing to around 40% by midnight.

HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to arrive in the area this afternoon and evening. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible. The main hazards will be strong gusty winds, hail and frequent lightning.

A prolonged rain event is expected to begin on Monday that may last until Wednesday.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Aug 6 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a strong tropical wave located over the central Caribbean Sea have changed little. However, further development of this system is possible while it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea before it reaches the Yucatan peninsula late Monday or Tuesday. Even if formation does not occur before the system reaches the Yucatan peninsula, a tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the Bay of Campeche by midweek. Development would likely not occur if the system moves inland over Central America and southeastern Mexico and does not re-emerge over water. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system this afternoon, if necessary. Interests along the coasts of Honduras, Belize, and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico should monitor the progress of this disturbance.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. Shower activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure located about 1100 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has changed little during the past several hours. Some slow development is still possible during the next two to three days before the system encounters less favorable environmental conditions by the middle of the week. This system is expected to move generally west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic at about 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:19 a.m.
Sunrise 6:47 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:32 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:59 p.m.

Moon


Moon transit 12:24 a.m.
Moonset 5:40 a.m.
Moonrise 7:53 p.m.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on August 7, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 6, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 99% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 5:26 am on August 6, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, August 5, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will become stationary from central Georgia to eastern North Carolina late today. This front will then return north as a warm front late Sunday and early Monday as low pressure passes from Texas across the Ohio Valley. The front will become stationary again across our region for much of the week, with deep moisture and periods of heavy rain likely.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August 5th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2006
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 4.54 inches in Highlands in 1901

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning sunny with highs in the lower 80s and winds out of the northwest. Less than a 10% chance of rain in the county today.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 50s and light winds out of the north.




SUNDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early, increasing to 40% by 6 pm.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s. Winds out of the south near sunset are expected to become calm before midnight.



MONDAY

Cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 70s. Rain showers and thunderstorms are likely, with rainfall expected to be heavy at times. Rain chances will increase as the day wears progresses.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Showers are likely and may be heavy at times with an occasional embedded thunderstorm possible.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. A prolonged rain event is expected to begin on Monday that may last until Wednesday.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Aug 5 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Showers and thunderstorms extending from the Cabo Verde Islands southwestward across the tropical Atlantic are associated with an elongated area of low pressure. This system remains poorly organized, but environmental conditions are expected to become a little more favorable for this system to consolidate, and a tropical depression could form early next week while it moves toward the west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. A tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the south-central Caribbean Sea. The wave is moving westward at 15 mph and development, if any, during the next day or two will likely to be slow. Conditions could become a little more favorable for tropical cyclone formation early next week if the disturbance moves over the southern Bay of Campeche. There is also a possibility that the wave moves over Central America, and in that case, no development is anticipated.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:18 a.m.
Sunrise 6:46 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:33 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:00 p.m.

Moon

Moonset 4:48 a.m.
Moonrise 7:09 p.m.
Moon transit 12:24 a.m. Sunday morning
Moonset 5:40 a.m. Sunday morning

Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on August 7, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 4, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 96% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:28 am on August 5, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, August 4, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will move in from the northwest by tonight, bringing some showers and storms, before becoming stationary south of our area this weekend. Mostly dry conditions are expected Saturday. However, the front will drift back north into the area Sunday and linger through late next week, suggesting abundant clouds and precipitation each day.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August 4th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 3.67 inches in Highlands in 1898

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Areas of fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning, then from the west in the afternoon. Chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms will increase through the day, with the greatest likelihood of rain being between noon and 8 pm. Rainfall amounts are expected to be between a quarter and half an inch of rain. Not every location in the county will see rain or thunder, but some will.

Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms by time frame, with moisture moving in from the northwest and west along a front that is associated with a low moving through Wisconsin and Michigan today and tonight:

8 am 20%
11 am 40%
2 pm 50%
5 pm 60%
8 pm 40%
11 pm 20%


TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog expected to develop after midnight. Lows in the low to mid 60s and light winds out of the northwest. Chances of scattered showers and decreases after midnight. Between a tenth of an inch and a quarter inch of rain is possible. Not every location in the county will see rain.




SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s (mid 70s in Nantahala and Highlands and higher elevation) and light winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain, mainly after 2 pm.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 60 (in the mid to upper 50s in Nantahla and Highlands and higher elevations) and calm winds.



SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70s at higher elevations to the lower 80s in the rest of the county. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms slightly better than Saturday, again mainly in the mid to late afternoon.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the mid 60s in the main valley to the upper 50s at the higher elevations and Nantahala.

HAZARDS

A weak front will bring an increased chance of passing showers, probably between 4 pm and 8 pm. No severe weather is anticipated.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Aug 4 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A large and complex area of disturbed weather, associated with a broad low pressure system, extends from about 400 miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands to about 600 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual consolidation and development, and a tropical depression is likely to form by early next week over the eastern or central tropical Atlantic Ocean. This system is forecast to move toward the west or west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph for the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. A strong tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development by Sunday over the western Caribbean Sea and by early next week over the Bay of Campeche while the disturbance moves westward or west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph. This system couldproduce brief heavy rainfall and gusty winds over Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao tonight and Friday. For additional information on this system, see High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:17 a.m.
Sunrise 6:45 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:34 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:01 p.m.

Moon

Moonset 3:59 a.m.
Moonrise 6:23 p.m.
Moon transit 11:35 p.m.
Moonset 4:48 a.m. on Saturday

Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on August 7, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on August 4, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 91% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

I will be posting an August Update in the next few days on our patreon campaign, which has reached 25 people who have pledged $294. Payout is on August 6th.

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:50 am on August 4, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          â€œLet the sun shine…” or not! Franklin Area Folk Festival, a Prelude to the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse!        


Press Release:

Theresa Ramsey (828) 369-7411
July 9, 2017
“Let the sun shine…” or not! Franklin Area Folk Festival, a Prelude to the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse!

As our area ramps up for the historic Solar Eclipse set to take place in Franklin on August 21, 2017 at 2:35 p.m., we want to offer a prelude to the big event – The 13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” being held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. Nestled in Cowee West’s Mill Historic District at 51 Cowee School Drive in Franklin, NC, the Center is a unique showcase for demonstrating the everyday skills, crafts and music of our ancestors. And it is a FREE event!

What can you expect? The Franklin Area Folk Festival celebrates all things Appalachian! This family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, oldtime mountain music & SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) jammin’ sessions, Civil War Re-enactors camped on the grounds with infantry drilling and firing demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, textiles, tours & more! Artisans inside Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center will exhibit Macon County’s rich heritage by teaching us about pottery, textiles, painting, and local history. By linking our future to our past, the Franklin Area Folk Festival sponsors hands-on activities to allow visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when. These folks learned at their parents’ knee woodcarving, moonshinin’, weaving and spinning, and all the many other heritage skills they’ll be demonstrating. Once known as the Quilting Capital of the World, displays from the Smoky Mountain Quilter’s Guild including kids’ make-it/take-it project and the Cowee Quilters will help showcase this important heritage. Some additional highlights include special quilts on display (like the famous Cabarras Quilt, The Celebrate America Autograph Quilt, the original World’s Largest Quilt), the village blacksmith, flint napping, woodworking/woodcarving, Border Collies’ demonstrations, Front Porch storytelling, farmer’s market, one-room school, old-time music and more. Performances of mountain music, gospel and bluegrass tunes will exemplify a very important cultural heritage of the Appalachian region. In addition to performance stages inside and outside, we are partnering with SEBA to provide jammin’ sessions. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! Inside on the gym stage, children ages 18 and under are encouraged to compete in the Mountain Youth Talent Contest (performances in traditional Appalachian music, storytelling and dance) sponsored by Jackson County 4-H with support from Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (sign-up on our website).

New this year, we will feature an area for selected songwriters to perform their renditions of old-time and bluegrass music. And, downtown, located on the vacant lot/field beside Ace/Fox Mercantile at the corner of Palmer Street and 441 S, an Antique Car Show will be held where visitors can come view vintage cars/equipment then hop on a free shuttle bus out to Cowee for the festival celebration. This shuttle will run throughout the day. Or if you prefer to make the scenic drive out to Cowee valley, free parking will be designated offsite with a shuttle to drop you off right at the front door of Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center.
Also, as part of the Women’s History Trail project, through portrayals and stories, we hope to provide a living history lesson to help you learn more about pioneer women in Macon County.

For anyone making plans to be in Franklin for the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse (Monday, August 21 / DiscoverFranklinNC.com), be sure to join us at the festival the Saturday before, August 19, 2017! Come learn about the culture and folkways of our Southern Appalachian Mountains by engaging in one of the many living history experiences, a trademark of the Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage.”

This FREE event is co-sponsored annually by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center and support from Cowee Community Development Organization, Scottish Tartan Museum, Macon County Historical Museum, Macon County Arts Council, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Heritage Music Trail and others. The festival is made possible by grants from the Franklin/Nantahala Tourism Development Committee and the Tourism Development Authority of the Town of Franklin. For more information visit: FranklinFolkFestival.com or call (800) 932-5294

          The Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 3, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A crossing cold front Friday night will become stationary across the area over the weekend. Low pressure will move northeast from Texas late Sunday and pull the front northward as a warm front on Monday. As this low pressure moves off the New England coast, the trailing cold front will become stationary across the region through mid week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August3rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1957
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.39 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1974

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Areas of fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon.

Conditions by general area for today and tonight
Franklin 20% chance after midnight Highs near 80 and lows near 60
Highlands 20% chance after midnight Highs in the mid 70sand lows near 60
Nantahala 20% chance of rain Highs in the mid-70s and lows near 60
Otto 0% chance of rain Highs near 80 and lows in the lower 60s

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight.




FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 50/50 chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s and calm winds.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s. Higher elevations will be in the mid to upper 70s. Slight chance of showers.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Higher elevation in the upper 50s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 3 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A large area of showers and thunderstorms near the west coast of Africa is associated with a tropical wave. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression could form by early next week over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. This system is forecast to move toward the west or west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph for the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:16 a.m.
Sunrise 6:44 a.m.
Sun transit 1:43 p.m.
Sunset 8:34 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:02 p.m.

Moon

Moonset 3:13 a.m.
Moonrise 5:33 p.m
Moon transit 9:59 p.m.



Phase of the Moon: Waxing Gibbous with 82% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:583 am on August 3, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 2, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

Increasing moisture levels and stormy activity will be in store for the period. A cold front will push into the region Friday night and become stationary across the forecast area into early next week. Another moist frontal system is expected to move in from the northwest by Tuesday.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August2nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 3.66 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and variable light winds.

Conditions by general area
Franklin 20% chance of rain and highs near 80
Highlands 20% chance of rain and highs in the low to mid-70s
Nantahala 20% chance of rain and highs in the mid-70s
Otto 0% chance of rain and highs near 80

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with fog developing after midnight. Lows near 60 and calm winds.

Rain chances by general area
Franklin 20% Highs near 80 and lows near 60
Highlands 20% chance of rain and lows near 60
Nantahala 0% chance of rain and lows near 60
Otto 0% chance of rain and lows in the lower 60s



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and light winds out of the south. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.



FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 80. Good chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 2 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center has issued its last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Emily, located over the Atlantic Ocean well to the east of Florida.

1. A small, non-tropical area of low pressure centered about 240 miles south of Pensacola, Florida, is producing disorganized cloudiness and showers. Significant development of this system is not expected due to strong upper-level winds and proximity to dry air. The low is forecast to move northeastward over the Big Bend area of Florida by early Thursday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

2. A tropical wave is producing a large area of cloudiness and disorganized shower activity several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Development, if any, of this system is expected to be slow to occur during the next few days while the disturbance moves westward at 10 to 15 mph. Upper-level winds are expected to become too strong for development by the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:15 a.m.
Sunrise 6:43 a.m.
Sun transit 1:43 p.m.
Sunset 8:35 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:03 p.m.

Moon

Moonset 2:32 a.m.
Moonrise 4:42 p.m
Moon transit 9:59 p.m.



Phase of the Moon: Waxing Gibbous with 75% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:01 am on August 2, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 1, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

Relatively cool and dry air will continue across the area before more typical summertime conditions return late Thursday. An active cold front will affect the region Friday through Saturday and may become stationary through Sunday. More unsettled weather is expected early next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August1st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
Lowest Temperature 45°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.73 inches in Franklin in 1948

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Areas of fog in the morning. Cloudy through mid-morning, then becoming mostly sunny by noon with highs near 80 and calm winds. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Conditions by general area
Franklin 20% chance of rain and highs near 80
Highlands 20% chance of rain and highs in the mid-70s
Nantahala 20% chance of rain and highs in the mid-70s
Otto 20% chance of rain and highs near 80

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and calm winds.

Rain chances by general area
Franklin 20% Highs near 80 and lows near 60
Highlands 20% chance of rain and lows near 60
Nantahala 20% chance of rain and lows near 60
Otto 20% chance of rain and lows in the lower 60s



WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s and variable light winds. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 60 and winds out of the west. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 1 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Emily, located inland over east-central Florida.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebration the weekend of the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:15 a.m.
Sunrise 6:43 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:36 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:04 p.m.

Moon

Moonset 1:55 a.m.
Moonrise 3:49 p.m.
Moon transit 9:13 p.m.
Moonset 2:33 a.m. tomorrow


Phase of the Moon: Waxing Gibbous with 69% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:38 am on August 1, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Solar Eclipse to Increase Visitation on Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests        


Asheville, N.C., July 31, 2017- Parts of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are expecting extremely high numbers of visitors for the weekend of August 18-21 due to the solar eclipse. Forest Service staff encourage visitors to carefully plan ahead to ensure a safe and memorable event.

We expect our recreation sites and campgrounds to be at capacity on August 21 and the weekend before. Most of our sites do not take reservations and are offered on a first-come basis so make sure to arrive with alternate plans in mind. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the area you plan on visiting including camping restrictions.

Plan ahead and be prepared by wearing layers of clothing, having plenty of gas, water and food, and a map as GPS units are often not reliable or accurate in remote areas of the forest. Visitors are also reminded to check local weather forecasts and the National Forests in North Carolina Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) for safety alerts and potential forest closures put in place to ensure emergency access.

Remember that the eclipse can be viewed anywhere the sun in visible and forest canopies may obstruct your view. Many local communities will be hosting celebrations through events that are easily accessible and offer various amenities. For more information on these events and visiting the national forests during the eclipse, visit our eclipse page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/home/?cid=fseprd550796

Follow us on social media (www.facebook.com/nfsnc and www.twitter.com/NFsNCarolina).


DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.


They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


          Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 31, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

Relatively cool and dry air will be maintained across the area over the next few days... before more typical summertime conditions return early Friday. An active cold front will affect the region Friday through Saturday and may become stationary over the area through Sunday.

DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 31st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1999
Lowest Temperature 47°F in Highlands in 2014
Greatest Rainfall 3.00 inches in Franklin in 1879

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK

**note from the publisher** The numerical chances of precipitation have been removed from the forecasts because different areas of the county often have different chances of rain/thunder/severe weather or snow. Beginning in August, a new system will be implemented that I hope will provide a better forecast for people living, working and playing in different sections of the county. --Bobby 07-29-2017



TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy early with skies clearing by noon. Highs in the lower 80s and light winds out of the north.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-50s and calm winds.



TUESDAY

Increasing clouds with highs near 80 and calm winds.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and variable light winds. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 31 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Satellite and radar data indicate that showers and thunderstorms associated with a small low-pressure area located about 90 miles west of Tampa, Florida, are showing some signs of organization. Environmental conditions are marginally conducive for some additional development before the low moves inland over the central Florida peninsula later today or tonight and over the western Atlantic late Tuesday or Wednesday. Regardless of development, the low is expected to produce gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall across portions of the Florida peninsula during the next couple of days. Please see additional information from your local National Weather Service Forecast Offices concerning the rainfall threat.


* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

2. Shower activity associated with a tropical wave located about midway between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles remains limited. Any development of this system is expected to be slow to occur over the next several days while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the total solar eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:14 a.m.
Sunrise 6:42 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:37 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:05 p.m.

Moon

Moonset 1:20 a.m.
Moonrise 2:55 p.m.
Moon transit 8:27 p.m.
Moonset 1:55 a.m. tomorrow


Phase of the Moon: Waxing Gibbous with 60% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:34 am on July 29, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 30, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

Relatively cool and dry air will be maintained across the area into the work week... before more typical summertime conditions return on Thursday. An active cold front will affect the region Friday through Saturday.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 30th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.00 inches in Franklin in 1878

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK

**note from the publisher** The numerical chances of precipitation have been removed from the forecasts because different areas of the county often have different chances of rain/thunder/severe weather or snow. Beginning in August, a new system will be implemented that I hope will provide a better forecast for people living, working and playing in different sections of the county. --Bobby 07-29-2017



TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning then from the northwest in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-50s and light winds out of the northwest.



MONDAY

Sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 60 and calm winds.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and calm winds.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 30 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A tropical wave located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized cloudiness and a few showers. Any development of this system for the next several days is expected to be slow to occur due to dry air while the wave moves westward at 10 to 15 mph.

Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of events celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:13 a.m.
Sunrise 6:41 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:38 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:06 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 2:00 p.m.
Moon transit 7:46 pm
Moonset 12:46 a.m

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 30, 2017 at 11:23 a.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on July 28, 2017: First Quarter on July 30, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:35 am on July 30, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 29, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cooler and drier air will arrive across the region through the weekend and linger through the early part of next week. More typical summertime conditions will return about the middle of next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 29th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK

**note from the publisher** The numerical chances of precipitation have been removed from the forecasts because different areas of the county often have different chances of rain/thunder/severe weather or snow. Beginning in August, a new system will be implemented that I hope will provide a better forecast for people living, working, and playing in different sections of the county. --Bobby 07-29-2017



TODAY

Patchy fog, dense in places, early. Gradually decreasing cloud cover with mostly sunny conditions expected by noon with highs in the lower 80s and light winds out of the northwest gradually increasing to 5 to 10 mph by mid-morning.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.



SUNDAY

Sunny with highs near 80 and light winds out of the northeast.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 50s and light winds out of the northwest.



MONDAY

Sunny with highs in the lower 80s.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 60.

HAZARDS

Patchy dense fog is possible this morning. Otherwise, hazardous weather is not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jul 29 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:12 a.m.
Sunrise 6:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:38 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:07 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 1:04 p.m.
Moon transit
Moonset 12:13 a.m

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 30, 2017, at 11:23 a.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on July 28, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 37% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:06 am on July 29, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, July 28, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A strong cold front will cross the region from the west today and tonight. Cooler and drier air will arrive across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia through the weekend and linger through the early part of next week. More typical summertime conditions will return about the middle of next week.


DAY SPONSOR



The Georgia Department of Economic Development is underwriting Macon Media for today and reminds you that Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/




WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 28th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 36°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 1.90 inches in Franklin in 1997

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Severe thunderstorms possible today

Patchy fog early. Cloudy with highs near 80 and calm winds in the morning, then winds out of the southwest in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected, more is possible in locations that are hit by multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and variable light winds, then 5 to 10 mph from the west before midnight. Precipitation chances are high with showers and thunderstorms expected, mainly before 3 am. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch is expected, more is possible in locations that are hit by multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms.


SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the north making it feel like it is in the lower 50s at times.


SUNDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 50s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near 60.

HAZARDS

Severe weather is possible this afternoon as a cold front approaches the region. Some of the thunderstorms that develop may become severe, with damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning, torrential rainfall and damaging winds expected. Please remember that if thunder roars, go indoors. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our region for today and a copy is posted below for your convenience. Please be weather aware and stay close to shelter.

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TODAY...Severe weather possible. A strong cold front will cross the region this afternoon and tonight. There is considerable uncertainty over how thunderstorms will organize ahead of the front. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat with any storms that form, especially if lines of thunderstorms or organized thunderstorm outflows develop. Locally heavy rain and isolated flooding will be possible in any areas repeatedly affected by thunderstorms.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 28 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A large area of cloudiness and disorganized shower activity is associated with a broad low-pressure system located about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Slow development is possible over the next several days while the system moves slowly westward or west-northwestward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:12 a.m.
Sunrise 6:40 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:40 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:08 p.m.

Moon

Moonrise 12:07 p.m.
Moon transit 6:13 p.m.
Moonset 12:13 a.m. on Saturday

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 30, 2017, at 11:23 a.m. (local daylight time)

Phase of the Moon on July 28, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 31% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWD FUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 4:25 am on July 28, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


          Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 27, 2017        



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will be increased chances of showers and thunderstorms, some of them severe, today and tomorrow. Cooler and drier conditions will arrive behind it for the weekend.



WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 27th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2005
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 3.02 inches in Highlands in 1942

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY Severe thunderstorms possible today

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and variable light winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, with some of the expected to become severe. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected with more possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog developing after midnight. Lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.



FRIDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then increasing to 5 to 10 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are likely with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. More is possible in locations that see thunderstorms, some of which could be severe.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s and winds out of the northwest. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 8 pm.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low-80s.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 60. (About 5 degrees cooler than what it has been over the past few weeks).

HAZARDS

Severe weather is possible this afternoon as a cold front approaches the region. Some of the thunderstorms that develop may become severe, with damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning and damaging winds expected. Please remember that if thunder roars, go indoors. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our region for today and tomorrow and a copy is posted below for your convenience. Please be weather aware and stay close to shelter.



NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

..TODAY...Severe weather possible. The atmosphere will become unstable and winds will increase through a deep layer of the atmosphere Thursday afternoon and evening ahead of an approaching cold front. Thunderstorms will develop and some may be severe, with the greatest threat across the mountains, foothills, and western piedmont of North Carolina.

..FRIDAY...Severe weather possible. A strong cold front is expected to cross the region from the northwest Friday afternoon through Friday night. Organized severe thunderstorms may form and produce damaging wind gusts, especially in piedmont locations late Friday.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 27 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A tropical wave located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing an area of disorganized showers and scattered thunderstorms. Some slow development is possible over the next several days while the system moves westward or west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
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Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:11 a.m.
Sunrise 6:39 a.m.
Sun transit 1:40 p.m.
Sunset 8:41 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:09 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 11:08 a.m.
Moon transit 5:27 p.m.
Moonset 11:40 p.m.

Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on July 30, 2017, at 11:23 a.m. (
Phase of the Moon on July 27, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 22% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

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          Interview with Dr. Laurance Doyle – A Man of Many Firsts        

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Dr. Laurance Doyle is a true renaissance man who thrives on discovery. His passion is to immerse himself into scientific mysteries and go, as the oft-quoted Star Trek phrase states, “where no man has gone before.” Long before the discovery of the first planet beyond our solar system, astronomer Dr. Laurance Doyle, who joined the SETI Institute in 1987, began theorizing about the habitability of planets around other stars and clarifying the conditions needed for a planet to bear life. Relying on his expertise in signal processing, he now looks for patterns in astronomical data while searching for extrasolar planets.

Laurance has begun using these same statistical tools to look for patterns in animal communication. Drawing on central concepts of information theory, he and colleagues from the University of California at Davis have precisely measured the complexity of the songs of humpback whales, comparing them with communication in other species—including humans. In the future, he plans to expand this innovative line of research, moving to the next level of understanding animal communication, and apply it to SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

QUESTION: Tell us about your current research project.

I’m a Participating Scientist on NASA’s Kepler science team. In layman’s terms, my project involves searching for “Tatooine” planets, a nickname for a binary star system coined after Luke Skywalker’s home planet in Star Wars. Ideally, the goal is to find a habitable planet that is going around two stars.

I’m in charge of detecting circumbinary planets that orbit eclipsing binary stars -- planets that orbit around both stars while the two stars orbit around each other. The stars that orbit each other across our line of sight eclipse each other regularly. This allows us to study the size of stars. Most of what we know about star size comes from eclipsing binaries.

The space-borne Kepler telescope is searching for the minute dips in brightness that occur when an orbiting planet crosses in front of its star, known as a “transit.” When you plot the brightness with time, it’s called a “light curve.” The movement of the stars around each other while the planets move across the discs of the stars results in an unusual series of dips, which complicate the detection process.

QUESTION: How will you know if the planet is habitable?

For a planet to have the potential to be inhabited, it must be the right distance from the star so it will receive the right amount of light. The temperature of a habitable planet should allow liquid water to exist on the surface for long periods of time.

Based on the best available ground- and space-based data, I expected there would be about 350 eclipsing binaries in the Kepler data. Actually, there turned out to be more like 3,000 to 4,000 eclipsing binaries that Kepler sees. Just in our first year, we had to look at tens of thousands of light curves to pick out these eclipsing binaries.

QUESTION: Why should the public care about your research?

This work is important for two reasons. If we don’t find a habitable planet, that means earths are rare. It puts the Earth in perspective as a somewhat isolated spaceship. That knowledge may allow us to convey the concept that we need to take care of our own planet, and that would be a good thing. People think about moving to Mars, but Mars’ land surface area is only equal to Earth’s (since three-fourths of Earth is covered with water). With Earth’s population currently doubling every 54 years, moving to Mars would only buy us another half century. So Earth is it for now.

If we do find another Earth, whether it’s around a circumbinary “earth” or a regular single sun-like star, I think people’s thoughts are going to transition to becoming less self-centered. Finding another Earth might also make us think more positively about finding other beings in the universe. We have a very real shot at finding other Earths with the Kepler Mission. We could detect a potentially habitable extrasolar planet within the next three years. Kepler is hugely important for the question of life in the universe. This is a key time in history.

QUESTION: What do you currently consider your biggest challenge?

Overall, the biggest challenge is to acquire funding. State-of-the-art science takes all one’s effort, and chasing funding can take 20 to 40% of one’s effort, which detracts from doing science. Also, a lot more computing power is needed to handle some of the problems we are running into.

Scientifically, the biggest challenge is probably the new details about stars. We have to determine the sizes of the eclipsing binaries and model them precisely enough so when a planet passes in front, we know it’s a planet and not a characteristic of the star, and that’s not easy. Kepler is seeing stars 100 times more accurately than anyone ever has. This means we’re gathering all sorts of new knowledge about stars, and that’s really interesting to me.

QUESTION: What created the connection for you to take your work in astronomy and apply it to animal communication?

SETI and the Drake Equation. I began with the question Are we Alone? and realized that we share a planet with many pretty intelligent species. There are many species that apply what might be considered an elementary form of tool use and have complex social and communicative behaviors. But then I began thinking about how whales, for example, communicate with other whales. This led me to the notion of detecting non-human intelligence in the oceans as a practice for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in space.

We’ve found general rules for what makes an intelligent signal so my colleagues and I looked into what is required for a signal to carry intelligence complexity. Starting with dolphins, I began plotting the frequency of occurrence of dolphin whistles as if they were linguistic phonemes. The plot landed in such a way that indicated dolphin signals had the same distribution as human linguistics. I thought that was amazing! We then looked at babies’ babbling before they learned language, and the baby dolphins plotted exactly the same. We could watch mathematically how they learned their whistle language as they grew up, and they mapped the same as humans’ language development. After that, I was hooked!

QUESTION: How are animal communication and extraterrestrial intelligence linked?

The math we use, information theory, is how we’re going to get a handle on what constitutes an intelligent signal. Our first paper on the dolphin research was published in 1999. We want to continue applying those studies to humpback whale communication. Taking these findings into our SETI research seems a natural transition. When SETI looks for a radio signal, it’s more the search for extraterrestrial technology as we don’t have an intelligence filter yet. With animal communications, we’re deriving an intelligence filter we can apply to signals we receive from space to determine if they land on a linguistic type distribution.

Every communication system may lend itself to this area of study and we can compare which are more complex, such as orca whistles or the dance of bees. I’d like to see information theory used as a mathematical tool and applied to every critter. We can then start to study general species communication intelligence, which is what SETI will detect. What we are going to get over light years, if we detect anything, is communication intelligence, so that’s what we should be quantifying. We’re on the way to solving this problem, but it needs more support.

QUESTION: Is there one fact about your research that might surprise most people?

I’m always surprised by what I discover. One thing that surprised me about our whale studies was we’ve been able to measure the complexity of their communications and found that whales and dolphins actually have and obey communications rules. They have a kind of syntax, similar to humans’ rules. To explain in human terms, if your copier is low on toner, you can fill in the missing words because you know how to spell. We want as complex rules as we can mentally handle because error recovery has survival value, especially in the wild. In order to find a mate or run from danger, you need to receive those messages. We’ve observed humpbacks communicating amidst boat noise and they are able to “fill in the missing words,” so to speak.

QUESTION: How do you detect the humpbacks’ signals?

A few colleagues and I have special permission through the Alaska Whale Foundation to be among these amazing humpback whales, now an endangered species. Humpbacks react similarly to humans. We increase the volume or slow our speech when our environment gets noisy. If it’s still noisy, we repeat. We can watch the humpbacks change the way they think about the environment and react by changing their data rate. Introducing this new tool will be invaluable for conservation as well.

QUESTION: What first sparked your interest in science and astronomy in particular?

When I was six, my dad gave me a map of the Solar System. He told me, “The stars are other people’s suns.” That was it for me -- I was never on Earth again. My love for space continued throughout my education. When asked to write an essay in second grade, mine was on the nine planets. When I was 10, I was teaching an astronomy class to the neighborhood kids every Tuesday night. I put up a map of the Solar System, set up chairs, the kids would come in, and I’d teach them about the Solar System. I was already a professor at age 10!

QUESTION: You believe your true calling is to teach. You still enjoy being a professor and are often inspiring Ph.D. students as well giving lectures on astrophysics or using the Internet to teach quantum physics to the public. Do you have advice for students?

Science is really advanced nature appreciation. It isn’t a scary weird thing. And if math isn’t your strongest subject, Einstein once said, “Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater.” I think I’m tied with Einstein on that one, but math is the language you have to learn. So one piece of advice I have for young people is to not get discouraged. Additionally, while going to school, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the material given while simultaneously defending your individuality as best you can. Don’t compromise your own unique contribution, because your thoughts will create something new that could have been rejected in the previous generation of science.

At the high school and undergraduate levels, it’s important to think about your identity and figure out what you love. I believe what you love is the universe telling you what you should be doing. At the Ph.D. level, you start contributing to learning. You’re at the point where the professor can no longer teach you about this subject. You have to ask the universe, and it’s that step I really enjoy.

QUESTION: Can you offer some advice for educators?

I’d say the number one lesson for primary school teachers is to instill in their young and impressionable students that learning is fun. If you get that across, everything else is details. At an intermediate and high-school level, it’s important to teach critical thinking -- how to learn, read, study, get things out of books and talk to people. This provides youth with the foundation they’ll need to discover their true calling.

QUESTION: What was your dream job as a child?

When I was young, I wanted to be an astronaut, but I didn’t realize what the job entailed. As a young adult, I applied for the astronaut training program at JPL. I was told I could be a support engineer and work my way into the astronaut program. At the time I was working on the Voyager program and Voyager was about to encounter Saturn. Carl Sagan was there, a lot of exciting research was going on, and I opted to stay with Voyager. I’ve never regretted this decision because I got my dissertation on the rings of Saturn.

QUESTION: You’re a fan of the Drake Equation and, like Frank Drake, enjoy being the first to discover or establish something new.

For die-hard fans of the Drake Equation, Kepler will answer Fp and maybe Ne if Fp (the fraction of earth’s good planets) is found. Animal communications relates to Fi. Quantum physics falls under Fc. Ne is the number of ecosystems so the next quest we might do is to determine if a habitable planet was actually inhabited. The giveaway would be if we could detect free oxygen in the atmosphere. If so, that would indicate photosynthetic plants are making it. In other words, the next thing we’ll detect is forests. It’s exciting working my way through Drake’s Equation.

My career has evolved into a journey of exploration I thought I would get by walking on the Moon. What has kept me interested and engaged, however, has been the intellectual exploration. I’ve been able to study and discover things no one else knows. A little more than a hundred years ago, you could be the first to locate the source of the Nile. Now, the opportunities are more ones of intellectual discovery. I was one of the first to find out the age of the rings of Saturn when working on my dissertation, and I was the first to know dolphins have linguistic distribution. My colleagues and I may have been the first to apply information theory to animal communications. For example, we can now quantify the reaction of humpback whales to boat noise in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Knowing something for the first time is exciting. It’s also very fulfilling when my work spins off to create new areas of science, research, and even conservation.

My research has always been up and down the Drake’s Equation. I’ve tried to pick out elements that I thought could be answered, even if they were tough or nobody else was addressing them. One of the factors of the Drake Equation is detecting Earth-like planets, so I advocated the transit method. Twenty years ago, there were three people working on the transit method. We couldn’t get funding; it was all voluntary. I interested various people in that project, including the SETI Institute’s Jon Jenkins, now on the project, and Dr. Hans Deeg, who leads the CoRoT (Convection, Rotation & planetary Transits) eclipsing binary planet search, a smaller scale French space mission. This is another example of a spin-off.

QUESTION: At one point, you were a history professor. What historic personalities do you admire and why?

Johannes Kepler is one of my heroes. I’m glad the NASA mission was named after him! Kepler lived from 1571-1630 and was a German mathematician and astronomer. His mom was accused of being a witch and he had to defend her. When the emperor died, Kepler lost his job, the first years of the Thirty Years War started, and yet Kepler wrote The Harmony of the World. Ironically, yet inspirationally, he saw harmony behind the current historic happenings. This book contains the first celestial mechanics equation, which we now take for granted. Kepler came up with a real breakthrough.

Aristarchus of Samos is another hero of mine. An astronomer and mathematician from ancient Greece, he was the first one to suggest the sun is in the center of the known universe. Of course, that was 22 centuries before Copernicus. I love folks who got there first!

QUESTION: What about contemporary personalities?

I admire Carl Sagan. We worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Iapetus research, the third-largest moon of Saturn. He demonstrated you can be a teacher and a scientist. Carl had this unique way of making everything he did fun. He had a special kind of spark that allowed for the spiritual while not letting people get away with something they hadn’t been proved scientifically. I thought it was a great balance.

QUESTION: There seems to be a recurring theme that you admire people who “get there first.” Has that been a motivating factor in your scientific career?

I think so. At JPL, I was given a task having to do with the volcanoes of Io, one of the moons of Jupiter. They were fainter than the background sky and I had to image them using Voyager data. I talked with my supervisor and asked where I could read about this. He said, “You can’t. It’s never been done before.” I asked, “What do I do?” He replied, “Think.” So I realized, “This is really great! No one else has been here before. Whatever solution I come up with, I’m the first.” That’s a neat thing.

I enjoy working in the borders between disciplines, such as mixing animals with information theory, which involves math computing. The dolphin study fell through the cracks for awhile until the paper was published in the Journal of Animal Communications. I’ve mixed and matched half a dozen fields throughout my career. The idea of using signal detection to quantify false alarm rates wasn’t in the field of extrasolar planets. Now everybody takes it for granted. The SETI Institute’s Jon Jenkins, Kent Culler, and I did the first paper on that. I’ve also done astronomy of East Africa (archeoastronomy). Journal of African History wouldn’t take it but eventually Current Anthropology accepted it. You get an idea of mixing disciplines, work in it for awhile, submit papers, shepherd them through until they get published, people start to read them, and somebody does a dissertation in it. And that, to me, establishes the field and then it’s time to move onto the next area.

QUESTION: If you had the time, what would you still like to learn?

We have all the time we need, so why not learn now! After Kepler, extrasolor planets will be a very well-established field. There will probably be a Ph.D. on circumbinary transits, so we can check that one off my list. I would like to continue working on animal communications. Then I’d like to work on quantum physics. In fact, I’d like to start the field of quantum astronomy.

Quantum physics even ties into SETI. We’re searching for a very advanced civilization, so we have to think like a very advanced civilization. We can’t assume their anthropologists are going to go fishing for elementary radio signals. We have to assume they’re communicating; and if they are, I think it would be through quantum computers. We should do radio searches because it would be embarrassing to miss it, but I think we should also be open to all sorts of quantum possibilities, so it still ties in with Drake’s Equation.

QUESTION: Who would you like to swap roles with for a month’s time?

I love nature and the outdoors, so trading places with some cowboys in Montana would be great. Just riding horses and going on a trail drive would be wonderful. I grew up on a dairy farm and I miss the “cowboy-ness.”

QUESTION: How do you spend your free time?

I like walking on the beach and spending time with animals. I used to raise bees, which was a lot of fun. I wouldn’t mind doing that again. I really enjoy hiking, kayaking, and just observing nature. One needs to check in with reality. I’d like to spend more time hanging out under a starry sky as that would probably provide me with more profound inspiration than staring at a computer screen.

QUESTION: What is your favorite vacation destination?

Hawaii is wonderful. It provides a different kind of nature. Instead of having been assembled a hundred million years ago, it’s being assembled now with the earth creating 50 acres a year on the big island of Hawaii. I used to live in Navajo land, and the Hawaiian culture is close to the Native American concept. I find that refreshing and spiritual. Hawaii offers nature and indigenous people’s way of thinking about it.

QUESTION: What is your philosophy of life?

Whoever has the most fun wins! Life is an adventure, and fun is a great way to navigate through life. This doesn’t mean irresponsible indulgence; it means spending your time doing something that brings you deep joy. Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss.” So people make quilts and raise bees and do all sorts of things if they’re following their bliss. I think that’s the universe saying, “I want you to do this.”

For more on Laurance Doyle, view his talk, Mongolian and Other Historic Solar Eclipses, presented as part of the SETI Institute Colloquium Series, on February 3, 2010.


          Westin Nashville’s Solar Eclipse party        

Total eclipse awesomeness from high atop Nashville

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is quickly approaching for many Americans – a full total eclipse. Lasting for only a few hours on August 21, this total eclipse will offer a chance for astronomy buffs and curiosity seekers to see this natural phenomenon in it’s fullest glory.


          Batman Fanboy Steals Telescope from Hobby Lobby…        
It looks like a local thief is going to get a great view of the upcoming solar eclipse!* Earlier this week, Oklahoma City police released surveillance footage of a Batman fanboy who confidently stole a telescope from a Hobby Lobby because America is awesome. As a homage to the campy Batman TV show of the 1960s, we’re […]
          Chaco Canyon Petroglyph May Depict Solar Eclipse        

Chaco Canyon eclipseBOULDER, COLORADO—A 900-year-old petroglyph on a free-standing rock in Chaco Canyon could depict the solar eclipse that occurred over New Mexico on July 11, 1097, according to a report in Newsweek. J. McKim Malville of the University of Colorado, Boulder, says the carving is made up of an image that looks like the sun’s outer atmosphere—a circle surrounded by “tangled, looped protrusions” on its edges. Human figures are also shown engaged in different activities. Malville and José Vaquero of Spain’s University of Extremadura examined the amount of carbon in ancient tree rings, ancient observations of sunspots recorded by Chinese astronomers, and historic data on the northern lights compiled by northern Europeans. They determined that at the time of the New Mexico eclipse the sun was in a period of very high solar activity. The loops in the petroglyph could depict coronal mass ejections, or eruptions of tons of fast-moving plasma. Other images on the rock, known as Piedra del Sol, were used to mark the June solstice and probably served other ceremonial functions. To read about another discovery at Chaco Canyon, go to “Early Parrots in the Southwest.”


          View the Historic Solar Eclipse at Joliet Junior College Aug. 21        
For the first time in 40 years, a solar eclipse will be visible from all of North America, and Joliet Junior College is offering students and area residents a chance […]
          Hubble Astronomers Develop a New Use for a Century-Old Relativity Experiment to Measure a White Dwarf's Mass        

White dwarf shows how gravity can bend starlight

Albert Einstein reshaped our understanding of the fabric of space. In his general theory of relativity in 1915, he proposed the revolutionary idea that massive objects warp space, due to the effects of gravity. Until that time, Isaac Newton's theory of gravity from two centuries earlier held sway: that space was unchanging. Einstein's theory was experimentally verified four years later when a team led by British astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington measured how much the sun's gravity deflected the image of a background star as its light grazed the sun during a solar eclipse. Astronomers had to wait a century, however, to build telescopes powerful enough to detect this gravitational warping phenomenon caused by a star outside our solar system. The amount of deflection is so small only the sharpness of the Hubble Space Telescope could measure it.

Hubble observed the nearby white dwarf star Stein 2051 B as it passed in front of a background star. During the close alignment, the white dwarf's gravity bent the light from the distant star, making it appear offset by about 2 milliarcseconds from its actual position. This deviation is so small that it is equivalent to observing an ant crawl across the surface of a quarter from 1,500 miles away.


          Hubble Captures 'Shadow Play' Caused by Possible Planet        

Eerie mysteries in the universe can be betrayed by simple shadows. The wonder of a solar eclipse is produced by the moon's shadow, and over 1,000 planets around other stars have been cataloged by the shadow they cast when passing in front of their parent star. Astronomers were surprised to see a huge shadow sweeping across a disk of dust and gas encircling a nearby, young star. They have a bird's-eye view of the disk, because it is tilted face-on to Earth, and the shadow sweeps around the disk like the hands moving around a clock. But, unlike the hands of a clock, the shadow takes 16 years to make one rotation.

Hubble has 18 years' worth of observations of the star, called TW Hydrae. Therefore, astronomers could assemble a time-lapse movie of the shadow's rotation. Explaining it is another story. Astronomers think that an unseen planet in the disk is doing some heavy lifting by gravitationally pulling on material near the star and warping the inner part of the disk. The twisted, misaligned inner disk is casting its shadow across the surface of the outer disk. TW Hydrae resides 192 light-years away and is roughly 8 million years old.


          UK Students to Livestream August Eclipse as Part of National Project        
Two high-altitude weather balloons will reach 100,000 feet to livestream the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.A team of University of Kentucky students, led by College of Engineering Professor Suzanne Smith, is preparing to launch two high-altitude weather balloons on Aug. 21 as part of a nationwide, NASA-sponsored project to livestream footage of the 2017 total … Read More
          August 8, 2017: What to Know        
A climate change affirmation, the solar eclipse's impact to the power grid, a string of Treasure Valley bank robberies and Spike Lee announces a rally to support Colin Kaepernick outside the NFL headquarters. With much of the excitement over the Monday, Aug. 21 total solar eclipse centering around tourism and travel, there hasn't been much reporting on how the once-in-a-lifetime event might impact the nation's electrical grid.…
          Our picks for where to eat and drink in Charleston during the solar eclipse        


I don't know about you, but when the earth goes dark on August 21, I want a good meal in hand. You never know with these natural phenomenons, could really be the end of days and who wants to say sign off on life as we know it hungry, amirite?

With that in mind, it's important that your eclipse day eats includes a good open air space to view all the astronomical action. more…


          Hubble Captures a Rare Eclipse on Uranus        

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image is a never-before-seen astronomical alignment of a moon traversing the face of Uranus, and its accompanying shadow. The white dot near the center of Uranus' blue-green disk is the icy moon Ariel. The 700-mile-diameter satellite is casting a shadow onto the cloud tops of Uranus. To an observer on Uranus, this would appear as a solar eclipse, where the moon briefly blocks out the Sun as its shadow races across Uranus's cloud tops. Though such "transits" by moons across the disks of their parents are commonplace for some other gas giant planets, such as Jupiter, the satellites of Uranus orbit the planet in such a way that they rarely cast shadows on the planet's surface. Uranus is tilted so that its spin axis lies nearly in its orbital plane. The planet is essentially tipped over on its side. The moons of Uranus orbit the planet above the equator, so their paths align edge-on to the Sun only every 42 years. This color composite image was created from images at three wavelengths in near infrared light obtained with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys on July 26, 2006.


          The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017 – What to Look Out For        

          And He Took With Him The Sun        
This has been one of the saddest days of my life. My husband and I were awakened at 4:21 AM by a phone call from our dear friend Linda Paddon, wife of my publisher Peter Paddon. Peter passed away sometime during the night.
We had enjoyed dinner with both of them just hours before at the same restaurant we usually frequent on Wednesday evenings. He had seemed fine then, happy with the buttons and key chains and postcards for "Raven's Daughter" promotion which I would be taking with me to the World Fantasy Convention early next month, chatting excitedly about some new projects in the works, and discussing last week's episode of Doctor Who. We never realised we would not see each other gain.
His passing is hard to deal with. He was a relatively young man, 50, filled with life and love and enthusiasm, bright, cheerful, creative, a fine writer as well as a fine publisher. He was a man I had known for over 20 years and never known him to be other than kind and generous.
Jay and I met Peter in England at a retreat in 1991, a few years before he went into publishing. We became friends and I visited him when I went over again in 1994 and invited him to visit us should he ever get a chance. The following year he took me up on the invitation and stayed with us for a couple of weeks, met our house mate Linda and fell in love with her. He moved over here the following year, married Linda and opened Pendraig Publishing.
I was by no means the first author he published. He began by publishing a whole raft of nonfiction books, and when he was ready to start doing fiction he asked me if I still had the manuscript for the book I had been working on when I had visited him in 1994. I told him yes, and in 2010 the first of my 10 novels, "Uneasy Lies The Head" was published by Pendraig. It has been a long and happy relationship.
The new novel, "Raven's Daughter" is the impossible novel. Begun in 1995, it was lost in a computer crash until last May when my husband found 50,000 words of it backed up on one of his old computers in Word 95. He was able to translate it to a current version and I completed it and handed it off to Peter in August of this year. The paper and ink version is up on Amazon; the Kindle version  is up for pre-order and will be out 31 October.
Peter, I wish you could have stuck around for the on line launch party. I hope it does you justice.
I will miss you forever.

And as the Gods have willed it, a few moments ago a partial solar eclipse began in the skies above California.  When Peter left, he took with him the sun.

          Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse        

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive.

They say mom was right: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver of it.

So it’s time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use Aug. 21, when the U.S. has its first full solar eclipse spanning coast to coast in 99 years.

The only time it’s safe to view the eclipse without protection is during the two minutes or so when the sun is completely covered by the moon. That will occur only along a narrow strip stretching from Oregon, through the Midwestern plains, down to South Carolina. The rest of the U.S. gets a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and part of South America.


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          As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares        

Carhenge in Alliance, Neb., will be prime viewing for this month's total solar eclipse. The town is preparing for thousands of visitors.


          Fancy Dress Halloween Contact Lenses - Solar Eclipse (Usage:1,3,12 Months - 1 Pair)        
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          Hampton Roads Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties        

There are some great viewing parties going on around Hampton Roads for the upcoming historic solar eclipse.

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          Logo Designs for the Total Solar Eclipse        

This August’s total solar eclipse has prompted some impressive logo design and promotional work—while others are more generic.

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          What science can learn from a total solar eclipse        
160 seconds is a long time in heliophysics
          How to see the August 2017 solar eclipse        
A guide to watching the total eclipse of the Sun on August 21 2017.
          Solar Eclipse 2017: at School with PreK-First Graders        
Are you ready??  The SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017 is here!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Solar-Eclipse-Interactive-Model-3324001

It's the event of a lifetime!  The first solar eclipse to go coast to coast since 1918 (June 8th).  The last eclipse to even touch the United States was February 26, 1979 and it was in a corner of the northwest and on a cloudy day.

Almost everyone in the United States will be able to observe at least a 50% partial eclipse.   Many will see much more.

Young children may be totally unaware of what is going on.  It is our job to help them observe and understand.

First....SAFETY!
This is so important, but it is not hard.

Start by getting proper eye protection (young children are going to want to look).  Sunglasses are not enough.  I made my own glasses with lenses from a welding supply store.  You need a lens #14 or higher.
Just take your lenses and place them into a larger piece of cardboard.  Attach with duck tape.  This will help young ones control the placement of the lens over their eyes.  They will be less likely to have the lens slip off of their eyes.
If you go online to buy some, be sure they are not fake (apparently fake glasses are popping up everywhere)

During the brief time of totality you can look with your naked eyes.

For fun........and for not looking at the sun at all, a pin box viewer is quick and easy to make.  You have all the supplies you need on hand.  I used a box, but you can get away with just a white piece of paper and a dark (stiff and won't let the sun through) paper.  I poked my hole with a bamboo skewer.

Now that you have seen what is happening, how do you explain it to a child?  Hands on is always the best method.  I made this interactive model using a paper plate to trace my sun and moon.  My sun had triangles glued to the back to show the corona.  You could make the moon just a wee bit smaller and that would work too. If you want a printable pattern, you can find the pattern by clicking here.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Solar-Eclipse-Interactive-Model-3324001

This picture from NASA is a great visual too.
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

I like the video clip here.  I have a stack of books ready to read.  There will be waiting around time as the moon makes its way across the sun.  How much wait time do you have?  Check out this table I made for times because the fun doesn't need to be just the few minutes of totality....
What else can you do?  Eat of course...along with Sun Chips and Milky Way bars you may want to make these tasty treats.  Can you see the shadow of the moon (half grape) and the corona of the sun (banana with yogurt glue)?
Now you are ready for some fun!!!  
It's once in a lifetime!  Carpe Diem!

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          Wash Away Evil Spirits Before The Solar Eclipse By Bathing in Urine        
For centuries, people have associated solar eclipses with demonic possession. Luckily, you can keep the evil spirits away on the 21st by taking a bath in urine. The word lunatic is derived from the latin term for the moon, lunares... Continue reading…
          Doomsday Prognisticator Predicts Mass Suicide During the Solar Eclipse        
The solar eclipse is a couple of weeks away and the freaks are crawling out of the woodwork. Yesterday, a Reddit user posted a dire warning online, predicting that a cult will attempt to commit a mass suicide during the event... Continue reading…
          Save Your Eyes From The Upcoming Eclipse        
A total solar eclipse will be sweeping over Wyoming on Aug. 21. I suggest you get one important item ready as soon as possible, if you want to save your vision. Continue reading…
          God and the Great American Eclipse: religious leader publishes book of revelation on extraterrestrial life as millions look to the sky during the total solar eclipse        
As millions across the United States look up to the sky on August 21st to witness the relationship of the Earth to our sun, moon and solar system, Colorado-based religious leader Marshall Vian Summers is releasing a new book of divine Revelation on extraterrestrial life beyond our world.
          Freeloaders: You are hereby free to spend zero dollars        


You know what today is, don't you? Yes, folks, it's officially two weeks until the Solar Eclipse. Crazy, right? Check out our roundup of all things Eclipse-related to stay on top of the astronomically cool event. Oh, and we'd be remiss not to mention that this week marks 20 years of the Charleston City Paper. Not like we're patting our own backs or anything ... but you can help us celebrate this Wednesday at a party at Palmetto.


          The ultimate guide to Charleston's solar eclipse events        


Don't want to watch the eclipse from your backyard? Charleston is serving up a plethora of eclipse festivities — everything from massive watch parties to concerts and kayak excursions.


          Prepare for the eclipse in Charleston with this safety and viewing guide        


It’s one of the most exciting and rare events of 2017, and it only lasts a few minutes. Yes, Charleston is right under the path of the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, so we've put together a guide with some tips on the perfect eclipse experience. Let’s hope there are clear skies.


          The edge of night        
Next month's solar eclipse won't be total in Arkansas, but it still will be a spectacle to behold.

On Aug. 21, Arkansas and most of the rest of the continental U.S. will bear witness to one of the solar system's greatest light (or absence of) shows: a solar eclipse, with the roughly 70-mile-wide "path of totality" — in which the sun is completely covered by the moon, turning day into night — stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the U.S. since 1918.

Though the path of totality will just barely skirt the state, the vast shadow of the moon passing over St. Louis and Nashville on its way to the sea, almost 90 percent of the sun's light will be blocked out for viewers in Arkansas, with only a sliver of the sun's surface visible. In Little Rock, the eclipse will begin at 11:47 a.m., reach peak darkness at 1:18 p.m. and end at 2:46 p.m.

There are a number of events planned around the eclipse in Arkansas, and the path of totality is easily within driving distance of most parts of the state. Darrell Heath, outreach coordinator for the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, said that because the event will be the first total eclipse in the U.S. in 38 years, it's a big deal even for those who aren't normally geeks.

"It's one of nature's grandest spectacles that you'll ever see," he said. "It can induce wonder, awe and even fear in people who see it, which is rare among the jaded public these days. It still has that capability to induce a powerful wallop to anyone who sees it."

Heath, who plans to travel to Nebraska to witness the total eclipse, said those in the path of totality will see complete darkness, along with the sun's corona, the wispy outer gasses of the sun, radiating out from the black disk of the covering moon. "Moments before totality, you see the reduction in light, you see strange shadow effects," Heath said. "If you look around where the light is coming in through the tree leaves, the gaps between the leaves will act as pinhole projectors and can produce images of the eclipse on the ground or the side of the house." Some of those effects will be visible in Arkansas as well, though the light outside will appear dusk-like during what will be a partial eclipse.

If Arkansans want to travel to the path of totality, Heath said, they should start making their plans now. Most hotels and even campsites within the path are already booked, Heath said, but those hoping to view it should try to be in place at least 24 hours before the eclipse. According to a NASA website on the eclipse, eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov, 12 million Americans live within the 70-mile-wide path of totality, but that number could more than double on Aug. 21 as visitors pour in, clogging roads with traffic. "Don't wait until the day-of to try and get there," Heath said, "because traffic is just going to be a living, breathing nightmare."

Even though the light from the sun will be lessened significantly during the eclipse, Heath said viewers should never look at any stage of the eclipse with the naked eye, as even a sliver of the sun is bright enough to cause damage to the eye. Normal sunglasses will offer no protection either, Heath said. There are, however, ways to watch safely, including "eclipse glasses" with a special Mylar film that blocks the harmful rays of the sun, homemade pinhole projectors, or "Shade 14" welders' goggles or welding helmet lenses, which can be purchased online or through welding supply houses.

"If you go online you can find instructions on how to make your own little pinhole projection boxes, but when you do that, the sun is just going to be a tiny little dot," Heath said. "I really recommend getting the glasses, or getting the welder's glass to look at it." The Central Arkansas Astronomical Society is currently selling eclipse glasses for $3 at their website, caasastro.org.

"There's a lot of places online where you can get the eclipse glasses," Heath said. "You can get them from our website, and there are other companies out there. But you need to act quick, because people are ordering these like hotcakes. They're hard to keep in stock right now."

One place to get a pair of eclipse glasses for free is through the Central Arkansas Library System, which is hosting eclipse-themed events Aug. 21, including an eclipse watch party from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day in Riverfront Park. There also will be an eclipse watch party at CALS' Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle.

Shani Atwood, who helps run the CALS telescope lending program, said that eclipse glasses are available free to those who attend eclipse events at CALS, part of a push to distribute 2 million free pairs to educators and libraries. Atwood said a solar eclipse fascinates people because it is so rare. She noted there are "eclipse chasers" who travel all over the globe just to catch a few minutes in the path of an eclipse. It's a natural wonder that most people have never experienced, she said.

"It's the kind of thing that in the past, people thought the world was ending," she said, "so just being able to witness that firsthand is something maybe people take for granted or have trouble comprehending until they actually see it in person, and actually see that's the way the universe works, and that's the way planetary mechanics works."

If you're interested in witnessing a total eclipse, the nearest city to Central Arkansas that will experience totality is Cape Girardeau, Mo., which is 292 miles from Little Rock. If you can't make it this year, however, be patient. On April 8, 2024, Little Rock will be in the path of totality for another eclipse, with the eclipse visible across Arkansas on a northeastern arc from De Queen to Pocahontas.


          Modern Times 'Realistically Seems to be Apocalyptic,' Declares Catholic Cardinal         

Cardinal Burke isn’t speaking about any specific event, nor is he saying that the upcoming solar eclipse is a sign of end times, as a handful of other Christian leaders have. Rather, this Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church believes that “confusion, division, and error” among Catholic clergymen may be a sign of end times. Speaking on July 22, the cardinal remarked that the times "realistically seem to be apocalyptic."

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Burke believes that Western culture has been ravaged by moral relativism to the point that Christian morality almost ceases to exist. Throughout the West, the demise of Christian culture has been occurring for centuries. But only in the past several decades has the evils of modern culture infiltrated their way into the Church.

“In a diabolical way, the confusion and error which has led human culture in a way of death and destruction has also entered into the Church, so that she draws near to the culture without seeming to know her own identity and mission, without seeming to have the clarity and the courage to announce the Gospel of Life and Divine Love to a radically secularized culture,” remarked Burke.

According to LifeSite News, Burke cited as one example the recent remarks from the president of the German bishops’ conference, where Cardinal Reinhard Marx claimed that the legalization of same-sex marriage was not a major concern of the Church. Rather, Marx insisted that the Church should be more concerned with fostering greater tolerance toward those with same-sex attraction.

Cardinal Burke was recently one of four Cardinals who signed the "Dubia" asking Pope Francis to clarify doctrinal ambiguities in his teaching. Burke and other cardinals were worried that certain elements of Amoris Laetitia, authored by Pope Francis, was at odds with Catholic moral teaching, notably with regard to the handling of divorce persons. 

“For whatever reason, many shepherds are silent about the situation in which the Church finds herself or have abandoned the clarity of the Church’s teaching for the confusion and error which is wrongly thought to address more effectively the total collapse of Christian culture,” he remarked.

Burke also attacked the secular media’s portrayal of Pope Francis as a revolutionary rather than a reformer. Pope Francis, Burke claimed, is not a revolutionary who wishes to change the Church by breaking with Tradition. Although it may be true that the secular Western media has portrayed the Pope in this manner, there is little truth in this view.

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“The mass media has certainly wanted to pick and choose among the declarations of Pope Francis, in order to demonstrate that the Catholic Church is undergoing a revolution and is changing radically its teaching on certain key questions of faith and especially of morals,” he remarked.

Cardinal Burke urged Catholics to not “worry whether these times are apocalyptic or not, but to remain faithful, generous and courageous in serving Christ in His Mystical Body, the Church. For we know that the final chapter of the story of these times is already written. It is the story of the victory of Christ over sin and its most deadly fruit, eternal death."

In another faith related article here at Faith, Family, America, Franklin Graham has an urgent prayer request for all Americans. To find out more about Graham's urgent prayer request, go here.


          Special Event – Solar Eclipse Paddle!        

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          How will your pets conflict to a solar eclipse?        
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          'Remain ever vigilant' of Lizard Man during eclipse, SCEMD says        
Image: http://wistv.images.worldnow.com/images/8468823_G.jpg If you haven't heard of the myriad of things you should be worried about during Aug. 21's Total Solar Eclipse, then allow the South Carolina Emergency Management Division to add another thing to worry about to your list. Lizard...
          Pick Your Favorite        
"Why English Teachers Die Young - Actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays". 1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master. 2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free. 3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse with out one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it. 4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef. 5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up. 6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. 7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree. 8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM. 9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't. 10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup. 11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30. 12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze. 13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease. 14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph. 15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth. 16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met. 17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River. 18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut. 19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do. 20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil's, this plan just might work. 21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while. 22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something. 23. The ballerina rose graceful ly en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant. 24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools. 25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up. 26. She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs. ---------------------------- Number 6 is a classic...#18 is becoming too real for me to be funny! What one(s) strike your funny-bone?
          The Solar Eclipse and Our Electricity Supply: Why We’ve Got This Covered        
Is losing all that solar energy during the eclipse a big deal for the electricity grid? Turns out, no.
          Emma Flick spotlights 'Snippets of New Orleans'        
Emma Flick of Covington started toying with the idea of painting culture in a mish mash manner while living in Serbia. She recorded ancient emperors from art history books along with a café woman with “eccentric hair” and saw the beauty in that juxtaposition. The result was a style that “embodied equal cultural significance.” She offers this style of vignettes, this time about her home of New Orleans, in a new book titled “Snippets of New Orleans,” published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. 

The book spotlights the unique, fun and sometimes strange elements of the Crescent City, from Esplanade Boulevard mansions to a fried chicken survey of Tremé. There’s drink special at the Monteleone Carousel Bar, the “Seven People You See at Mardi Gras” and an explanation on how to peel crawfish. There’s Duck the biscuit maker at Mother’s who’s been there for 25 years, Happy Johnson who leads the All Souls’ after school program, Marie Laveau, once a voodoo priestess, and so much more. Flick admits holding elements past and present in “a single plane of vision” to be impossible but shown as fragments works.

“If we cannot hold all facets of a place in our mind at once, I think the next best thing is to honor our fragmented understanding, to see in ‘Snippets,’” she writes in the book’s introduction.

She also admits that she had to relearn a lot about New Orleans in creating the book. 

“I re-learned how beautiful and bizarre New Orleans is, how every street has a distinct personality,” she writes. “This book is my most earnest and honest reflection of New Orleans: triumphant and tragic, gaudy and gritty, elegant and ugly, rich and poor, a city that embodies all these and other polar opposites with a perverse kind of grace.”

For more information, visit www.ulpress.org.

Awards
Steve Rabalais’ book, “General Fox Conner: Pershing’s Chief of Operations and Eisenhower’s Mentor,” recently won the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award in the field of biography for books published in 2016. Rabalais has had a lifelong interest in military history and in the biographies of lesser-known, but historically significant, figures. In his first published work, Rabalais presents the first full-length biography of Conner, a man he claims is one of the most significant, but largely forgotten, American military officers of the early twentieth century. Rabalais graduated from LSU and has practiced law for more than 30 years and is a founding partner of Rabalais & Hebert of Lafayette. For more information, visit www.generalfoxconner.com.

New releases
Most Louisiana residents are familiar with the nutria, a rodent introduced to the ecosystem years ago who has been busy eating our wetlands. Theodore G. Manno offers an examination of the nutria in “Swamp Rat: The Story of Dixie’s Nutria Invasion,” by the University of Mississippi Press.

Lashonda Beauregard follows up her novel, “The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler's Diary,” with a new time travel story, â€œThe Mirror in My Dorm Room.” Her latest is set in a fictional Louisiana town and centers around Justina Oceans, a college student whose ordinary life changes after she walks through an old mirror in her dorm room and goes back in time to 1932. Beauregard hails from Alexandria but attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Book events
Lafayette Science Museum Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter will visit branches of the Lafayette Public Library with programs about the total solar eclipse, which is happening Aug. 21. Hostetter will visit the North Regional Library on Monday and the East Regional Library on Tuesday.

Author William C. "Billy" McDonald III discusses the book “The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald — Wingman to Chennault” Tuesday at the World War II Museum in New Orleans. McDonald wrote the book with Barbara Evenson, about his career as a pilot with legendary aviator Claire Lee Chennault. The event begins with a 5 p.m. reception, a 6 p.m. presentation and a 7 p.m. book signing. Register for this event online or over the phone at (504) 528-1944, Ext. 412.

Reine Bouton, a member of the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and a short story writer, will discuss how to craft a short story at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Ellen Gilchrist discusses and signs her book, â€œThings Like the Truth: Out of My Later Years,” a collection of nonfiction essays, at 6 p.m. Thursday at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.

It’s Family Movie Day beginning at 1 p.m. Friday at the West Ouachita Branch Library. Friday’s movie is “Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs,” appropriate for all ages. Visit www.oplib.org for more information.

Creative Coffeehouse: Open Mic Music & Poetry begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Red Shoes of Baton Rouge. Musicians, singers and poets may share their original or favorite works in this supportive coffee-house setting. Call (225) 338-1170 to reserve a five-minute spot. Cost is $5.


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Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.

          Celebrate Eclipse Day on the Brickyard        
Our colleagues in the College of Sciences invite you to join them on the dark side of the moon Aug. 21 for a campus celebration of a rare solar eclipse.
          Fake solar eclipse glasses flood...        

(CBS BOSTON) — The need for Solar Eclipse glasses that protect the eyes of the millions who will be witnessing history on Aug. 21 has created business opportunities. As such, there are plenty of people looking to make a quick buck by selling fake glasses.

       

          3 things you need to know to see...        

While the solar eclipse is a spectacular event, it can also be dangerous if you try to look up without protection

       

          NASA Jets Will Extend Eclipse By Chasing Moon's Shadow        
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0GNqlGNZkI If you're lucky enough to be in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse over North America, you will get at best about 2 ½ minutes to view "totality" – when the moon almost completely covers the disc of the Sun. But a team of NASA-funded scientists have figured out a way to get a much longer look. For them, totality will last three times as long as for the rest of us — more than 7 minutes. They plan to use the extra time to produce detailed observations of the Sun's corona and temperatures on Mercury. How will they do it? A team from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Co., led by Amir Caspi will be flying in a pair of converted Cold War-era jet bombers equipped with stabilized telescopes in their nose cones. They will essentially chase the moon's shadow as the path of totality moves across the central United States. "These could well turn out to be the best ever observations of high frequency phenomena in the corona,"
          Eclipse Party: August 21        
Monday, August 21, 1:30pm – People across the United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse when the sun disappears behind the moon. Join us for an “Eclipse Party.” Bring your own lunch – we’ll provide cookies and soft drinks. We’ll have the whole event, live-streamed, in the Community Room.
          Solar eclipse science along the path of totality: Eclipse on August 21 offers unique research opportunities        

On August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S., a rare occurrence.

See a video of the press conference at this link.

In a briefing today on solar eclipse science, leading U.S. scientists highlighted research projects that will take place across the country ...

More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242561&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click


This is an NSF News item.

          Is your city in the path of the total eclipse?        

There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, and the umbra (total shadow) will pass right across the United States! As a data guy, a map guy, and an astronomy fan, this is an opportunity I just couldn't pass up! Follow along as I apply my computer skills [...]

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          Thousands Prepare for Upcoming Solar Eclipse        
One farm owner in central Oregon is charging $1500 a couple to watch one of nature’s greatest phenomenons from her fields.
          Krispy Kreme marks eclipse with chocolate glazed doughnuts        

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Krispy Kreme is going dark ahead of the solar eclipse set to cast a shadow across part of the U.S. this month.

The doughnut chain is giving its signature glazed treats a chocolate sheen for the first time ever in honor of the Aug. 21 eclipse, where the moon will pass in front of the sun.


          Contest Time! The Moon Is Throwing Shade With Comet TV! Win A Solar Eclipse Prize Pack! And Check Out What Comet TV Has This August!        
Dude, Comet TV is totally rocking it these days, I mean like.. Damn. I say DAMN! First off, this month they have some Awesome Movies, and yes that deserved a capitalization! Vampire’s Kiss (1973) Wednesday, August 16 at 6P/5C Friday, August 25 at NOON/11C Steel Dawn (1987) Friday, August 11 at 8P/7C Saturday, August 12 […]
          Images to Inspire: Solar Eclipse Pictures        

We've gathered some of the best pictures of past solar eclipses, total and partial, from our online photo gallery to serve as inspiration for your eclipse photography

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          The Perseids: Big Eclipse’s Opening Act        

The upcoming total solar eclipse is understandably getting a lot of attention, but don't overlook the trusty Perseids. They'll be getting things warmed up Saturday night.

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          Your Guide to Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse        

Your Guide to Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse In May, Second Act members were treated to a special session highlighting the solar eclipse taking place Monday, August 21, 2017. The class featured Dr. Scott Ishman, Co-Chair of the Southern Illinois University Eclipse Steering Committee and Associate Dean of the College of Science. Members learned facts... Read more

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          Visualization of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse        
On August 21, 2017, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. Eclipses happen about every six months, but this one is special. For the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon's shadow passes through the continental United States.
          Strained cell phone service and traffic are key concerns as emergency officials prepare for solar eclipse        


In preparation for the first total solar eclipse to hit the Unites States since the proliferation of cell phones, communication systems and traffic are expected to suffer the greatest impact as the Charleston area is inundated with visitors.

With the complete solar eclipse scheduled to occur Mon. more…


          A look back at how S.C. newspapers covered eclipses over the past 150 years        


With the upcoming total solar eclipse grabbing headlines all across the state, what better time to look at how newspapers across South Carolina have covered past eclipses dating back to the late 1800s. From concerns over postponed minor league baseball games and the fear that everyone might be blinded by these solar phenomena, it seems that the promise of a solar eclipse remains just as captivating today as it was more than 100 years ago. more…


          Weather Around The World, 7/4/17        

As summer heats up, get ready to gaze skyward to catch sight of a rare solar eclipse. India's monsoon season looks to be better than last year - and did you know that Arizona has a monsoon as well?

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          Bishop’s Earth to Sky Calculus members participating in Aug. 21 total solar eclipse        

Total Solar Eclipse or Bust – Part Two On August 21st, Americans will witness the first total solar eclipse visible throughout the contiguous United States since 1918. Passing from Oregon to the Carolinas, complete darkness will descend upon those viewing along the path of totality. Bishop’s own Earth to Sky Calculus [http://earthtosky.net/] will be there, […]

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          How to prepare for the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse        

In just 12 days, the entire US will witness a rare celestial event: a total solar eclipse.  Total solar eclipses happen every 18 months or so, but not very many people can see them. Some are visible over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, others from the tip of Greenland... you get the picture. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the US was 99 years ago, in 1918. The next total solar eclipse to be visible from the US will be in 2024, then again in 2045.

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          Eclipse Chasers        
Meet the Bay Area's eclipse chasers - adventurers who travel the world to witness and document solar eclipses. In these rare moments, the moon covers the sun for a few minutes, leaving only its fiery atmosphere visible. Watch the China 2008 eclipse and learn about an invention that helped researchers photograph the sun's atmosphere in breathtaking detail.
          See ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse, First of 2017        
Skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere were treated with a partial solar eclipse that turns the sun into a “ring of fire.”
          All The Light We Cannot See         

Our latest Please Explain is about invisible currents that exist all around us with Bob Berman, author of the book Zapped: From Infrared to X-Rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light.

Do you have questions about x-rays or microwaves? Wondering about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21? Write to us in the comments section below, or send us a question on Twitter or Facebook!


          America's total eclipse floods market with fake sunglasses        
LOS ANGELES, Aug 10- When millions of Americans turn their faces skyward to witness the nation's first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century, many will reach for specially designed sunglasses, but experts caution the public to stay clear of unsafe counterfeits. "It's a bunch of unscrupulous people cashing in on the eclipse and putting public safety at...
          The first Cassini to explore Saturn was a person         

Space probe preparing to crash into ringed planet was named for an astronomical pioneer

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TWO CASSINIS  The Cassini spacecraft has become famous for its stunning views of Saturn, including this image of the unlit side of the rings taken in 2012. But what do we know about the man Cassini was named for?

As the Cassini spacecraft plunges toward its death on Saturn, the world’s knowledge of the famous ringed planet continues to accumulate. Thanks to years of observations by the versatile probe, astronomers now know Saturn as intimately as macaroni knows cheese. But still hardly anyone outside the world of astronomy knows anything about Cassini — and I don’t mean the spacecraft, but the guy it was named for.

Gian Domenico Cassini was an Italian astronomer, born in Perinaldo in 1625, around the time that Galileo was battling the church over Copernicus’ revelation that the Earth orbits the sun. Cassini was attracted to poetry but was also good at math. He got his start in science via astrology, which back then was not considered quite as completely idiotic as it is today. In fact, astronomy itself was often supported by wealthy people in order to get better astrological forecasts. One such wealthy Italian, an amateur astronomer, was impressed with a pamphlet on astrology that Cassini had written; it earned him an invitation to work at the amateur’s observatory, near Bologna.

From the leading scientists at Bologna, Cassini learned the importance of using high-quality instruments to make the most precise measurements possible. His talents were soon recognized; by 1650 Cassini’s accomplishments and reputation earned him the chair in astronomy at the university in Bologna. He continued his research during the 1650s, taking a particular interest in comets.

Cassini was an old-school conservative kind of scientist, not even inclined to take Galileo’s side on the Earth-orbiting-the-sun issue. Cassini preferred Tycho Brahe’s position that the other planets orbited the sun, but the sun then orbited the Earth. (Later Cassini accepted the Copernican sun-centered solar system, but only half-heartedly.) Cassini also was no fan of Newton’s law of gravity.

Cassini’s work as an eminent Italian scientist was not limited to astronomy. Called on to referee a political dispute over the course of a river, he mastered hydraulics. Later he spent some time studying insects and experimenting on blood transfusions. None of that was as fun as astronomy, though, so he returned to the stars often. In addition to comets, he specialized in the sun and especially solar eclipses. Some of his best work resulted from the use of a meridian — a large sundial-like device for recording solar movements — that he designed and had installed on the top of a church steeple.

Cassini was also clever enough to know the value of cultivating useful friendships. In particular, he was on good terms with some skillful Roman lens makers who provided him with especially powerful telescopes. With such instruments Cassini was able to calculate the rotation rates of Jupiter and Mars accurately. (He gave Venus a shot, but it was harder.)

Even more impressively, Cassini accomplished a goal that had eluded Galileo by accurately describing the motions of the moons of Jupiter. It was Cassini’s work on Jupiter’s moons that allowed the Danish astronomer Olaus Rømer to measure the speed of light, establishing that light did not transit space instantaneously, as many (including Cassini) had believed.

Even before Rømer’s results, Cassini’s accomplishments made him famous enough to get offered a job in Paris. That job was actually a prime position with the new French Academy of Sciences, whose founders recruited savants from all over Europe to enhance the new academy’s prestige. So in 1669 Cassini moved to Paris. He didn’t fit in all that well; his French was sketchy and his authoritarian approach to things in general ticked some people off. But he eventually managed to develop a world-class astronomical observation program. He became a French citizen in 1673 and married the daughter of a French official wealthy enough to offer as part of the dowry a nice castle for a summer home. Cassini then forgot about his original plan to return to Italy and spent the rest of his life in France.

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Had his astronomical achievements ended with his departure from Italy, Cassini would have been an odd choice for the name of a spacecraft sent to study Saturn. But besides his administrative role at the French academy’s observatory, Cassini continued his own studies. And, having mastered Jupiter, he naturally moved on to Saturn. In 1671 he discovered Saturn’s moon Iapetus and found another, Rhea, the next year. Much later he detected the moons Tethys and Dione. He also thoroughly examined the disk around Saturn and discerned that it was not just one ring. He identified two prominent rings separated by a small gap — the thin black band between the two is now known as Cassini’s division. Cassini even guessed, more or less correctly, that the rings are made of small particles all orbiting Saturn in concert.

And so Cassini knew Saturn as intimately as anyone from his era, establishing sufficient Saturnian credentials to earn the honor of having a space probe named for him. Cassini the probe has now seen Saturn much more clearly than Cassini the man. But soon Cassini the probe will die and go blind; Cassini the man first went blind, two years before he died, in 1712.

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          Optometric association offers information about eclipse protection        
The Colorado Optometric Association offers information about how people can protect their eyesight during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21. The association warned that it’s never safe to look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. Observers must wear approved eye wear that includes a layer of chromium or aluminum that offers protection from […]
          Top Fermentation - April 2017        

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The Monthly Editorial Blog By Schlafly Beer Co-Founder Tom Schlafly

Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun.


Most alert readers (ARs) of my generation will recognize these lyrics from Carly Simon’s 1972 hit “You’re So Vain.”  These same ARs will also be aware of the decades of speculation that ensued as to the identity of Ms. Simon’s vain inamorato.  Among the potential paramours whose names have been mentioned are Warren Beatty, David Bowie, David Cassidy, Mick Jagger and Cat Stevens (FKA Steven Demetre Georgiou, NKA Yusuf Islam).  A couple of years ago, upon turning 70, Ms. Simon said that the second verse of the song was in fact about Beatty, but two other verses, respectively involving a yacht and a Lear jet, were about two other gentlemen whom she declined to name.

For all of the uncertainty as to who was in fact  so vain that he probably thought the song was about him,  there’s little doubt as to which solar eclipse was referenced in the song.  Because the song was written in 1971, the eclipse was almost certainly the one that occurred on March 7, 1970.  ARs who are familiar with Hindu mythology  probably know that solar eclipses often portend catastrophes, when the demons Rahu and Kefu swallow the sun. ARs who dismiss this myth as unfounded superstition might want to reflect on what happened in the immediate aftermath of the 1970 eclipse.

Eleven days later, on March 18, 1970, the Cambodian National Assembly unanimously voted to remove Prince Sihanouk from power. Six weeks after that, on April 30, 1970,  President Richard Nixon announced an invasion of Cambodia, which he euphemistically called an “incursion.”  At the same time he announced a plan to draft an additional 150,000 troops to support the “incursion.”  Angry protests erupted on hundreds of college campuses across America, most famously at Kent State, where national guardsmen killed four students and wounded nine others.  The “incursion” led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot, the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Kampuchea, and the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. ï»¿ï»¿

I was at Fort Gordon, Georgia for army military police training when the Kent State shootings occurred.  Several of our instructors praised the guardsmen for their fortitude in shooting the students.  During the eclipse, I had been nearby for basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, which was close to the path of the totality for the eclipse.  As trainees we were not allowed to leave the post to see it.

It was in the midst of all this post-eclipse turmoil, on April 22, 1970 to be precise, that the very first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States.  At the time it was overshadowed by the anti-war protests that engulfed the nation; but it is the legacy of Earth Day that endures 47 years later.  In St. Louis, Earth Day not only endures, but has expanded into programs throughout the year, culminating in a two-day festival in Forest Park over the weekend of April 22-23.  More information can be found at www.stlouisearthday.org.

 

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Schlafly has been a longtime supporter of Earth Day and we are once again proud to be the exclusive beer sponsor in 2017. We even brewed a special organic IPA for the festival. Last month we showcased ROG (Recycling On The Go) at our Stout and Oyster Festival, where the shells from 70,000 oysters were among the items recycled.  We have been handing out seed packets at our restaurants.  And, thanks in part to the solar panels on our roof at Bottleworks, we helped Maplewood win the EPA Green Power Community of the Year Award for 2016.

Speaking of solar, a solar eclipse is coming our way this summer, specifically on Monday, August 21, 2017.  It will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the United States since 1918.  It will be the first total eclipse in the St. Louis area since 1442.  I am not making this up.  The last time there was a total eclipse around here was a half-century before Columbus sailed to America.  The Hundred Years’ War between England and France was still raging, and the War of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York had not yet started. Martin Luther would not be born for another 41 years.

When the eclipse occurs, temperatures could drop as much as five degrees Fahrenheit.  Animals and insects could behave as if night has fallen.  Stars and planets could be visible in the middle of the day. The partial eclipse will start around 11:50 a.m.  Totality will begin around 1:17 p.m. and will last two minutes and 40 seconds, the longest duration of totality near any major city in The United States.

At Schlafly we’ll be celebrating the eclipse in several ways.  The label of our  Helles (which means “light” in German) Lager will go dark, and packages will include a free pair of solar glasses for viewing the eclipse.  We’ll also be organizing a special expedition for ARs and others to the center of the path of totality.  It’s less than an hour from The Tap Room, meaning you won’t have to go to Nova Scotia and won’t need a Lear jet to get there.

 

Tom Schlafly
Chairman 


          8-4-17 Livestream Countdown 18 Days Until Total Solar Eclipse--Cracked Another Code!        
I'm live streaming to YouTube until they shut us all down... Join me for late night livestreams every night until The Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21, 2017 ! User: "JST Livestream"
          Police Practicing for Imaginary Terrorism 33 Days Before the Total Solar Eclipse        
The total solar eclipse will be on Aug 21, 2017. it's a once every 99 year solar event.
          Link Park Lead Singer Chester Bennington Suicide 33 Days Before Total Solar Eclipse        
Chester Bennington's Suicide 33 days before the total solar eclipse.
          Want To Do More Than Just Watch The Eclipse? Become A Citizen Scientist        
This month's total solar eclipse might be the most-studied disappearance of the sun ever , thanks in part to legions of citizen scientists from the Northwest and beyond.
          Survey Says: Please Let Oregon Counties Know How Many Eclipse Chasers To Expect        
The state of Oregon forecasts up to 1 million people may pour in to watch the total solar eclipse on August 21. Emergency planners in central and eastern Oregon are hoping eclipse chasers will fill out a short online survey to help them staff up appropriately.
          WSU's First Day Back Overshadowed By Solar Eclipse         
On August 21, the moon will block the sun causing a giant shadow in the Northwest. But the day of the much-anticipated total solar eclipse is also the first day of fall semester for Washington State University Cougars.
          Eclipse to shed light on weather in space and on Earth        

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When a total solar eclipse sweeps across U.S. skies on Monday, Aug. 21, UMass Lowell faculty and students will be stationed around the country, conducting research that will be used to better predict the weather and improve GPS, satellite and shortwave-radio communications.


Full story at https://www.uml.edu/News/press-releases/2017/Eclipse080317.aspx

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          IP Roundtable (EP-219)        

Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned.

  Topic 2: Brent – Photographing the Solar Eclipse of 2017 http://www.mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html http://www.eclipse2017.org http://eclipse-maps.com/Eclipse-Maps/Gallery/Pages/Total_solar_eclipse_of_2017_August_21.html https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com Basic Facts: Happens August 21, 2017 at 17:16 UTC Total duration for the shadow to travel across the continental US is about 1:33 States that will experience totality: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina. Equipment Needed: Solar Filter, Metal coated glass ...

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          Partial solar eclipse will be viewable from Newport on August 21st        
Rhode Island will be treated to a partial solar eclipse on the afternoon of Monday, August 21st. A NASA statement said the eclipse will be visible across all of North America, weather permitting. The entire continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting two to three hours. Anyone within the 70-mile-wide path that stretches through fourteen
          Bryan College to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Event        

July 26, 2017 – As excitement builds for the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, Bryan College invites the Dayton and Chattanooga communities to view the once-in-a-lifetime event on its campus. Beginning at 1 p.m., the College will have solar viewing stations set up near the Grassy Bowl, across from Rudd Auditorium, including a solar […]

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          Stargazers in Tonopah get front-row seats for solar eclipse        
It was cosmic happenstance that the center line along the path of Sunday’s annular eclipse was just north of the place USA Today has dubbed the “No. 1 stargazing destination in America.”
          Nature of light, relativity and blackholes        
Prasanna asked: we know light has got dual nature. & blackholes has got enormous gravity from which even light cant escape. how can gravity can influence a mass less stream of particles like gravity? Ans: Do you know why solar eclipse is watched with great importance by the scientific community? OK Einstein’s theory of General … Continue reading
          Solar eclipse viewing party        

Join the Earth and Environmental Science department, UNI STEM and the Iowa Academy of Science in a celebration of the solar eclipse. View the partial solar eclipse through a telescope, download free apps on your phone to explore augmented reality earth and space topics and become a part of citizen science, special NASA surprises and more. Free and open to the public.

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          Perseid Meteor Shower | TWiT Bits        

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Not only is the Perseid Meteor shower happening, but also the solar eclipse!

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          Free Broncos Solar Eclipse Glasses at Grease Monkey        

Even though we live in Broncos Country, the sun’s rays won’t be orange all day on Monday, August 21 because of a total solar eclipse at 11:47 a.m. For just a few minutes, the moon will pass between Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s light and bringing temporary darkness....

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          Where To Get Free / Low-Cost Solar Eclipse Glasses        

We’ve updated our list. As if you haven’t heard, on Monday, August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse. What’s a total solar eclipse? For just a few minutes, the moon will pass between Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s light and bringing temporary darkness....

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          Comment on Scorpio New Moon/Solar Eclipse 10.23.2014 by lightworker22        
Thanks for your many columns of enlightenment in this space. This final one is heartfelt, meaningful and truly helpful. Your desire and need to pull back is honored and respected. I appreciate you now and always. Linda Schiller-Hanna Blessings.
          Wildfire closes Oregon campsites, hiking for eclipse        
<p>Just two weeks ago, the Mount Jefferson area was expected to be among Oregon's most popular places to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.</p>
          The Cheapest Last-Minute Ways to Catch the Total Solar Eclipse        
<p>A total solar eclipse will soon paint a diagonal strip of the United States in complete darkness — and some of the best free and cheap ways to watch it are still available.</p>
          Here goes the sun: Everything you need to know about solar eclipses        
<p>As the&nbsp;continental U.S. awaits its first total solar eclipse in decades, here are facts and tips to make the most of this natural phenomenon.</p>
          Will weather cooperate for viewing the solar eclipse?        
Historical weather data show eclipse watchers have a better chance of clear skies in the Northwest
          Prelude to 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Partial Lunar Eclipse on Monday        
Much of the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to a partial eclipse of the moon Monday (Aug. 7) — a prelude to the grand spectacle that...
          How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer        
Safely view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse with this shoebox solar viewer.
          The Total Eclipse Of 1878        
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: On August 21, millions of Americans will look up into the sky - with the proper eye protection, we hope. A total solar eclipse will sweep across the country. This will be the first total eclipse of the sun to pass over the continental United States since 1918. David Baron has been preparing for it for almost 20 years. David, who used to be a science reporter here at NPR, has written "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race To Catch The Shadow Of The Moon And Win The Glory Of The World." It's the story of the total eclipse that occurred on July 29, 1878. David Baron now joins us from Colorado Public Radio in Denver. David, thanks so much for being back with us. DAVID BARON: Hello, Scott, it's my pleasure. SIMON: Before we get into this book, you're kind of an eclipse fanatic, aren't you? BARON: Oh, yeah. I'm obsessed, I admit it. I saw my first total eclipse in Aruba in 1998. It was the most awe-inspiring, I dare say spiritual
          WSU's First Day Back Overshadowed By Solar Eclipse         
On August 21, the moon will block the sun causing a giant shadow in the Northwest. But the day of the much-anticipated total solar eclipse is also the first day of fall semester for Washington State University Cougars.
          NJIT Author‘s New Book "Bug Music" Makes Case How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise         

In the spring of 2013 the cicadas in the Northeastern United States will yet again emerge from their 17-year cycle—the longest gestation period of any animal.  Those who experience this great sonic invasion compare their sense of wonder to the arrival of a comet or a solar eclipse.  NJIT Professor David Rothenberg's newly-released and latest opus, Bug Music:  How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise (St. Martin's Press), looks at this unending rhythmic cycle. 

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          Healthful Tips on Viewing the Solar Eclipse – Protect Your Eyes        
As most of you know a solar eclipse will occur in the United States on Monday, August 21, 2017. Although we don’t fall within the “path of totality,” Texarkana will still be experiencing a large portion of coverage during this year’s solar eclipse. Continue reading…
          Mayborn Science Theater to host eclipse event        

The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the campus of Central Texas College, will host a viewing of the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.


          Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak This Weekend        
Cover Photo via Alan Dyer/AmazingSky.com taken in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan in 2016While there has been a lot of coverage on the upcoming Solar Eclipse, there is another popular solar event going on this month which will be in full swing this weekend: The Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids can been seen any night between now and August 24, but...
          Comment on Watch the solar eclipse from a private plane AND stay in an amazing Airbnb dome by Stephanie Hamilton        
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          Solar Eclipse        
Of the travesties listed in the Gemara the one that is most obviously becoming more rampant is mishkav zachor.
          Eclipse ‘buzz’ spurs gospel witness by churches        
When the sun goes dark Aug. 21 during a total solar eclipse, churches from Oregon to South Carolina will use the event as an opportunity to illumine their communities with the gospel. This is the first total eclipse visible from the U.S. since 1979.
          Re: Eclipse 2017: Humboldt Sits on a Partial Path of Totality        
With due respect to Ken Yanosko, a partial eclipse will never be life-changing. You'll never be the same after viewing a total solar eclipse.
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          Eclipses Are Happening All the Time. You Just Need to Know Where to Look        
Look up at the sky, right now (or at least if "right now" is nighttime) and gaze around for a few seconds. Done? OK. You've just seen an eclipse; actually, you've probably seen a lot of eclipses. Most of the time, we think of eclipses as the rare, spectacular phenomenon that is a solar eclipse, like the one that will cross America on Aug. 21— or its paler but still lovely cousin, the lunar eclipse.
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A graphic that describes a total solar eclipse

          The National Guard Is Called To Deal With Tourists        
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The governor of Oregon is calling in the National Guard. The emergency is next month's solar eclipse. The event is inspiring people across the country to travel into its path, including Oregon, where Governor Kate Brown took action. The National Guard will be asked to keep order as up to 1 million extra people crowd the roads. If the troops have any downtime, they will also fight wildfires, which peak at the same time of the season. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
          Restored Republic via a GCR as of Aug. 10, 2017        
Restored Republic via a GCR as of Aug. 10 2017

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 10 Aug. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Aug. 7 2017 RV Intelligence Alert Window: READ FULL SITREP

The RV window remains sometime between Aug. 8 to Aug. 21

B. Aug. 9 2017 TNT Call RayRen98: TNT Showtime CC w/ RayRen98 Notes by Adept1 8-9-17

1. From scuttlebutt, television, mosques and people on the street in Iraq, we are hearing things are taking place that we were expecting.

2. Contractors in Iraq are being told the new rates are effective Aug. 21 and they will pay their staff at the new rate.

3. Everything is still looking on or before Aug. 21st.

4. Iraqi Qi cards for citizens will be out by Aug. 21st and loaded with a ratio of 1:1.

5. Release of the public international rate was expected to come several days after that.

C. Aug. 9 2017 8:00 am EDT GCR Intel Situation Report Yosef: "Cash Grab" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Wednesday - August 9, 2017

1. Digital credits have replaced cash. Already. Seriously.

2. When you redeem your ZIM currency in Aug, you'll be turning in old paper bond notes (backed by Chinese hard assets) for leased digital credits on a new financial system (backed by Zimbabwe hard assets) at an introductory rate of 1:1 (or the printed face value of each ZIM bond note you hold).

3. You can take less, or ask for more, entirely your choice, but 1:1 is where the "screen rate" sits to begin negotiations if you ask to view a banker's currency monitor.

4. The more good you desire to do in the world in service of others, (humanitarian and job creation projects) the more leased digital credit you can and will receive on the new financial system.

5. If you morally fail, or do harm to others, or decease without a living heir - your leased digital credits will be terminated.

6. As long as you are alive, or have family members who were legally transferred to be trustees managing your leased digital credits at the time of your death - your principal access continues uninterrupted and the "money train" keeps moving down the track for the next generation.

7. Same rules apply to your trustees as to you - do no harm and serve others. Simple. Non negotiable.

8. This revolutionary concept of leasing digital credits makes the ancient concept of exchanging tangible owned papered currency notes irrelevant on the spot. The controllers of the new financial system can bless or burden anyone they deem fit, or unfit, to participate.

9. Cabal families members and business leaders once thought economically invincible can be 100% fiscally terminated with just the click of a mouse for immoral behavior. Fraud, theft and unsavory business practices of any kind will no longer be tolerated, period. Poof. Gone forever.

10. Vice versa, charity, mercy, grace and abundance will be allowed to continue ad infinitum.

11. There is no longer any safe haven bank, domicile or nation for the bad guys to run and hide with mountains of cash on this new financial system. There is no longer any recognized off ledger cash to physically deposit or wire. No bank will recognize it. That's an action punishable by law.

12. Crime literally no longer pays. Nobody will pay for crime anymore at the sovereign tiers of banking. The penalty is just too steep. Drug dealers, sex and human traffickers, arms dealers even black ops military forces have no more opportunity to function without complete economic transparency and thus cannot disappear in the financial shadows of the old sovereign tiered financial system any longer.

13. Morality matters once again. Service to others matters again. Non-recourse mercy matters again. All greater good activities will be rewarded, versus criminal, poverty and depravity schemes causing human suffering and chaos.

14. This is why your ZIM has an 80/20 humanitarian split rule in place, so there's not the sensation to go for a good old cash grab before, or after, exchanging.

15. The new model is weighted differently and thus delivered more effectively, than anyone has experience before. It's a brand new paradigm for a brand new dimension, in a brand new era. You're free from monetary enslavement right now. Sobeit. God is with us.

D. Aug. 9 2017 Spiritual Angel: "Puzzle Pieces to Consider" by Spiritual Angel - 8.9.17

1. Republic President, Paul Ryan, was moved in to the White House on Fri. Aug. 4 while the "big show" of "alleged" repairs and renovations are being completed.

2. Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, "allegedly" impaneled the grand jury in Washington D.C., Fri. Aug. 4 which is part of the "big show". He will "allegedly" subpoena burner CEO Trump which should, in turn, cause Trump to fire Mueller, setting off his resignation big show.

3. V.P. Mike Pence, will be resigning publicly, maybe quietly, likely before Trump resigns publicly to avoid impeachment.

4. This is all scripted and we know they've both already resigned although I don't know how they could "resign" from a long defunct USA, Inc. (dead corporation). I guess it's just a technicality in the big show and is part of their "amnesty agreements". Anyone who still believes Trump, Pence and their fake Administration are the real deal should ask why the need for all of those amnesty agreements. Maybe they are all corrupt Cabal and Cabal puppets.

5. On Sat. Aug. 5 USA, Inc's. burner Vice CEO, Mike Pence's emails were submitted to an Indiana investigator about his involvement in "shady dealings" just like Nixon's V.P. Spiro Agnew, who quietly resigned before Nixon was forced to resign so this should push Pence's resignation in to the lime light.

6. Aug. 21 would be a very meaningful date for the announcement of our true restored Republic, our "interim" President, Paul Ryan, "interim" VP, Ben Sasse, and General Joseph Dunford. The announcement should include NESARA (although it's been my understanding for a long time that it won't be publicly announced by name so don't expect it, just be pleasantly surprised if it is announced by name) and the Gold Standard (which "we" know is already in force but has yet to be publicly announced, at least to the extent that the general public in this country will really know and understand it's in force).

7. According to NESARA, the President must be out of the country for the RV to "go", and Yosef did say several days ago that Paul Ryan and his family are at an undisclosed military base over seas as we speak. This means to me that he won't return to this country until we receive the 800#'s/"go".

8. The date of Aug. 21 is also when there will be a rare total solar eclipse that hasn't happened since the Cabal's USA, Inc., was founded on Aug. 21 1871.

A Federal Reserve Bank Story by an Anonymous Friend

Updates for the last 7 days:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 9, 2017
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 8, 2017
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 7, 2017
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 6, 2017
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 5, 2017
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 4, 2017
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 3, 2017
          Puzzle Pieces to Consider -- Trump, NESARA, GCR/RV, NPTB, Chinese Elders and More        
Source: Dinar Chronicles

Hello all!

I'm sure we're all feeling the "fatigue" as Yosef puts it but here are some things to consider to help everyone to hang in there for a bit longer. I really do feel that we are right there at any moment, at the least by the end of the day, Monday, 8-21-17, which is less than 2 weeks away.

We know through Yosef that this big "show" is scripted to follow along the lines of Water Gate and the USA, Inc., CEO Richard Nixon's impeachment which makes total sense. That script is obviously being followed if you're paying attention to the "fake news" in the "fake mainstream media". I don't trust the mainstream media but I've been paying attention to certain stories for the purpose of connecting the dots of the continuing saga of the "big show". Following this script will help the sleepwalking masses to adjust to the removal of burner CEO, Donald Trump, of the long "defunct" USA, Inc., through threat of impeachment and his likely resignation to avoid it.

Just remember that he is not really the President. One can not be a CEO or President of a long "defunct" or "dead" corporation which is what USA, Inc., is. Paul Ryan was already the "true" interim President of the restored Republic before the big show of the "fake" 2016 Presidential election took place in November 2016 so Trump couldn't be elected to the restored Republic Presidential position either.

Another reason he wouldn't be qualified for the "true" position is that per NESARA LAW, which we've been inside since 2007/2008 per Quan Yin, No corrupt candidates will be allowed to run for the restored Republic President. If you do your research, which I did when Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, he is very definitely corrupt, therefore, ineligible. Of course, it goes without saying that Hillary is/was very definitely corrupt too.

Burner CEO, Donald Trump, is away from the White House on "so-called" vacation, for 17 days which was specifically stated in the news. He left the White House on Friday, 6-5-17, for his destination so he will, in the eyes of the general sleepwalking public, be returning to a "newly" renovated White House on Monday, 8-21-17, which is when all global financial reforms are to complete worldwide. It is interesting that his "vacation" is the exact number of days to get us to 8-21-17.

We know he will not actually be returning to the White House so he must be impeached or "resign" by 8-21-17. Remember, when he moved to the White House he took very little with him in terms of personal effects because he knew he was just part of the "big show" and wouldn't be there long. I don't think he believed he'd even "fake win" the fake election so I think it was a bit of a shock.

For those of you who still believe burner CEO, Donald Trump really is the President, I could cite many reasons that is not the case but a simple one that stands out and has stood out to me since it was announced is that Melania Trump and their son, Barron, would not be moving in to the White House. That was very telling. I already knew by the fall of 2016 that the election was a big show but this info just added to the puzzle pieces of confirmation. I believe that Sierra also pointed this out in a post several days ago. Well done Sierra! I was beginning to think I was the only one who questioned that glaring bit of info! Yes, I'm aware that it was claimed in the fake mainstream media that they were just waiting for Barron's school year to end before moving to D.C., yet, they still haven't and in about 2 weeks the new school year begins!

What little Donald Trump did take to the White House with him when he won the "big show" fake election has already been removed and our true "interim" Republic President, Paul Ryan, was moved in to the White House on Friday, 8-4-17 while the "big show" of "alleged" repairs and renovations are being completed.

We know that Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, "allegedly" impaneled the grand jury in Washington D.C., Friday, 8-4-17 which is part of the "big show". He will "allegedly" subpoena burner CEO Trump which should, in turn, cause Trump to fire Mueller, setting off his resignation big show. I'm surprised this hasn't already happened.

We know that burner Vice CEO of the long defunct USA, Inc., Mike Pence, will be resigning publicly, maybe quietly, likely before Trump resigns publicly to avoid impeachment. Again, this is all scripted and we know they've both already resigned although I don't know how they could "resign" from a long defunct USA, Inc. (dead corporation). I guess it's just a technicality in the big show and is part of their "amnesty agreements". Anyone who still believes Trump, Pence and their fake Administration are the real deal should ask why the need for all of those amnesty agreements. Maybe they are all corrupt cabal and cabal puppets! I believe that to be the case.

Okay, let's not forget that on Saturday, 8-5-17, USA, Inc's. burner Vice CEO, Mike Pence's emails were submitted to an Indiana investigator about his involvement in "shady dealings" just like Nixon's V.P. Spiro Agnew, who quietly resigned before Nixon was forced to resign so this should push Pence's resignation in to the lime light. Another piece of the "big show" puzzle.

Having observed Donald Trump's showy massive ego for many years, if he has any say in his "big show finale", he will want to make a grand stand to make himself look like he's benevolently resigning for the good of the country so could it be that he will resign today, Wednesday, 8-9-17? Maybe...because President Richard Nixon resigned on 8-9-1974! This is just something to consider! We shall see.

8-21-17 would be a very meaningful date for the announcement of our true restored Republic, our "interim" President, Paul Ryan, "interim" VP, Ben Sasse, and General Joseph Dunford. The announcement should include NESARA (although it's been my understanding for a long time that it won't be publicly announced by name so don't expect it, just be pleasantly surprised if it is announced by name) and the Gold Standard (which "we" know is already in force but has yet to be publicly announced, at least to the extent that the general public in this country will really know and understand it's in force).

Here is another important puzzle piece. According to NESARA, the President must be out of the country for the RV to "go", and Yosef did say several days ago that Paul Ryan and his family are at an undisclosed military base over seas as we speak. This means to me that he won't return to this country until we receive the 800#'s/"go". One would think he'd have to be in the country when the big announcement is made on 8-21-17 if that is, in fact, the plan. It makes perfect sense to me.

The date of 8-21-17 is also when there will be a rare total solar eclipse that hasn't happened since the cabal's USA, Inc., was founded on 8-21-1871, and more importantly, it is said to be Christ's true date of birth which could be why the cabal founded the evil USA, Inc., on that date to overshadow the good with their evil.

What better date for the Asian Elders and the NPTB to choose than the date of Christ's birth to bring in the Christ Consciousness energy to replace the dark energy cabal creation of USA, Inc., not that the reset is all about this country, not at all. It is about the world. I just feel that so much evil has been perpetrated on this world by USA, Inc./the cabal, so at the very least, it would be very symbolic to make the announcement that good has won out over evil on that specific date. We already know that the public announcement of the restored Republic will kill USA, Inc., once and for all so it must be done A.S.A.P.!!!

All of this, one would think, would be the flash bang big show needed to cover the "go" for the 800# release. Remember, Monday, 8-21-17, is less than 2 weeks from now so the series of events should roll out during this time frame and hopefully, the 800 numbers will be released sooner rather than later within the time frame, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Of course, the NPTB know best since they know what all the circumstances surrounding the big show are and we do not.

Note: While I was typing this post, we received an emergency system alert 'test' on TV in the PDT. We've been receiving them regularly for the past 2 months and I think it's in preparation for the possible necessity to enact Marshal Law when Trump is impeached or resigns since so many people either really love him or really hate him.

Peace, Love, Blessings & Light!

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          Eclipse Megamovie Volunteer Wrangler tells all        

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the the United States. That’s a big deal (a “once in a hundred years” kind of big deal).

Most observers outside of the path of total eclipse from Salem, OR to Charleston, SC will only see the partial eclipse. So, Google teamed up with UC Berkeley to give the rest of the world a view of the eclipse and to provide scientists with data to better understand how the sun’s atmosphere behaves. We’re calling on amateur astronomers and photographers to capture photos of the eclipse as the moon’s shadow passes over their part of the country, then we’ll algorithmically align and stitch together the images to create a continuous view of the eclipse: the Eclipse Megamovie.

Vivian White is not just a Megamovie volunteer—she is coordinating other volunteers, too. By day, she is an astronomy educator and Director of Free Choice Learning with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco, CA (we’ll explain exactly what that means below). And since 2016 (well, longer if you count how long it’s been on her calendar!) she’s been gearing up for the solar eclipse. The Keyword team caught up with Vivian to learn about her career as an amateur astronomer and how she got involved with the Megamovie project.

Keyword team: How did you get into astronomy?

Vivian: I started out pursuing physics. I love figuring out the way things work. I went to college for the first time in my late twenties, and when I was almost to the end of my physics degree, I took an observing class and fell madly in love with astronomy.


And now you use that love of astronomy in your day job. Tell us more about that.

I’m the Director of Free Choice Learning (a title they let me make up!) at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco. I explore how we learn as adults when we’re not in school and work with amateur astronomers—anyone who with an interest in astronomy and a different day job. They are fascinated by everything they learn.

Mostly I run a network of 430 astronomy clubs, and create demonstrations and activities students can use at the telescope. I create toolkits for NASA’s Night Sky Network, a coalition of amateur astronomy clubs that brings NASA's mission to the general public, on any particular subject from black holes, to the solar system, to the sun.

In the astronomy world, how big of a deal is this solar eclipse? The Super Bowl of activities in space?

This has been on my my radar for more than two decades. I’m from Nashville, and the eclipse will go through there. When I was in high school, I wondered where I would be for the eclipse. This is all hands on deck. Almost every astronomer is on their way to the path.


Tell us about the Megamovie project. How did you get involved?

The ASP has been working with UC Berkeley for decades now, and we were part of the initial grant in 2016. We had a hard time getting funding—there was concern that we couldn’t get enough volunteers or couldn’t create the right algorithm to stitch all the photos together. Now, here we are with 1,500 volunteers (20-30 new volunteers a day).

As the Volunteer Wrangler (another title I made up!), I create and give webinars, write tutorials in collaboration with UC Berkeley scientists, answer dozens of questions every day from volunteers, and generally (cheer)lead the dedicated, enthusiastic group. It’s definitely a lot of work, and a lot of the scientists are doing this in their spare time. I'm not alone in looking forward to Aug 22!

The Megamovie is probably the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. I love that we’re doing real science—we don’t know if it’s going to work, but we’re figuring it out as we go along. The volunteers are so excited for this to happen—they’ve made official hats and pins to wear so that they can identify each other on the path. They aren’t professionals, so they haven’t contributed to science in a meaningful way until now.

It’s such a cool thing to be able to contribute to something bigger than yourself. Vivian White Astronomy educator
Vivian White

Space has a powerful hold on people … Why do you think that is? What is it that first captured your attention?

It’s a great reminder of perspective. Now, I’ll get a parking ticket, and I’m like: “Here we are on this tiny piece of rock orbiting a star in a huge galaxy.” It’s changed my outlook on life—I let a lot of stuff slide. There’s also just so much to learn! I get to study a whole new subject every year.


Do you have a favorite subject in astronomy?

I’m the most interested in the possibility of life in the universe. I get a lot of questions about aliens, but the most interesting one I’ve heard was from a twelve-year-old who asked, “If aliens came to Earth, would they be able to understand our emotions?”


You’ve traveled to a lot of your places in your life, including to Dharamsala, India to teach Buddhist monks and nuns about astronomy. What’s different about these projects from your normal education work?

It’s a completely different cultural experience, Monks are an amazing group of students, at ease with questioning and logic. But they have no exposure to ideas of science—they don’t know that our sun is a star, they don’t know what a fossil is. They haven’t experienced or thought about it at all yet, but when I teach them, they want to know how we know all of this. It makes me think about things differently.

Vivian White_Monks.jpg
Vivian modeling an eclipse with Buddhist monks in India. Photo credit: Eric Chudler, courtesy of Vivian White.

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          (6.2.37) When does solar eclipse occur         

What is a solar eclipse? When does Solar eclipse happen?

A solar eclipse  
Solar eclipse is related to sun and it occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and in such a position the moon's shadow falls on the sun and as a result it (the sun) is not (partially or totally) visible from the earth. This position of these planets is called solar eclipse or Surya Grahan. The solar eclipse takes place on Amavasya Tithi.
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          (6.2.36) When does Lunar eclipse occur        

What is a lunar eclipse ? When does a lunar eclipse happen ?चंद्र ग्रहण कब होता है 

When does Lunar Eclipse occur :- 
Lunar Eclipse is related to the Moon and it occurs when the earth passes between the Moon and the Sun and in such a position the earth's shadow falls on the moon which blocks the light of the sun from reaching the moon. The lunar eclipse takes place on Poornima tithi
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          (6.2.35) Important things about Lunar Eclipse         

What are the important things about Lunar eclipse ?

Important things about Lunar eclipse :-
If Lunar Eclipse is not visible , it has no importance to the Hindus and it is not considered   for any religious activities . And the rituals related to Lunar Eclipse like Sutak, bathing ,donations etc. are not observed .
During the Sutak and Eclipse period , the pieces of Kusha (a kind of grass which is considered holy ) should be put in the pots of water, flour and other eatables to keep their purity intact . When the eclipse period is over , the utensils should be washed and cleaned, the clothes should be washed ,bath should be taken and Janev ( the holy threads) should be changed.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive. They say mom was right: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver of it. So it’s time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use Aug. 21, […]
          Total Eclipse        



On Monday Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the "totality" — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. This is what you'll see, and the time you'll see it, in your zip code.  

So says the message in my inbox this morning.  This site explains it for us.  And it reminds us not to stare at it unprotected.  But we knew about that already, didn't we.

Apparently I'm about 700 miles southwest, more or less, from where I need to be to get a "totality" experience.  Still, there should be something.



          The Total Eclipse Of 1878        
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: On August 21, millions of Americans will look up into the sky - with the proper eye protection, we hope. A total solar eclipse will sweep across the country. This will be the first total eclipse of the sun to pass over the continental United States since 1918. David Baron has been preparing for it for almost 20 years. David, who used to be a science reporter here at NPR, has written "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race To Catch The Shadow Of The Moon And Win The Glory Of The World." It's the story of the total eclipse that occurred on July 29, 1878. David Baron now joins us from Colorado Public Radio in Denver. David, thanks so much for being back with us. DAVID BARON: Hello, Scott, it's my pleasure. SIMON: Before we get into this book, you're kind of an eclipse fanatic, aren't you? BARON: Oh, yeah. I'm obsessed, I admit it. I saw my first total eclipse in Aruba in 1998. It was the most awe-inspiring, I dare say spiritual
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          Carmageddon at the Eclipse        

A traffic thought for you all.  ODOT is predicting carmageddon during the August 21st eclipse.  An estimated million people are on their way to see the event.

ODOT is staffing up and warning drivers to be prepared to be stuck in their cars for hours during the solar eclipse.

Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton says the eclipse will cause "the biggest traffic event in Oregon history" on August 21.

I guess if you’re going, perhaps go early!  This map shows the path of the eclipse.

path of the eclipse

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          Total Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017        
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          Half a lunar orbit to go before the solar eclipse! In the meantime, here's a lunar eclipse.        

The total solar eclipse over the United States is less than two weeks away! I wrote a two-part article (Part 1 and Part 2) about how and where to see it. If you haven’t made plans yet, then I strongly urge you to read those. Even if you have some plans, there are lots of links in those posts to help you out.


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          NASA confirms Planet X EXISTS but could mythical Nibiru really DESTROY earth next month?        

NASA has confirmed the existence of a "Planet X" which happens to share the name of a mythical planet which it is feared will destroy Earth next month.

Prophecies say the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21 is a sign of the impending doom brought by Planet X, also known as Nibiru in September.

The Nibiru Cataclysm myth dates back to 1976, when writer Zecharia Sitchin claimed that two ancient Middle Eastern cultures – the Babylonians and Sumerians – told of the giant Nibiru which orbited the Sun every 3,600 years.

Self-proclaimed extraterrestrial psychic Nancy Lieder then warned Nibiru would crash into Earth or pass it causing huge earthquakes and tidal waves from the gravitation pull.

Various alleged dates for a strike with Earth have come and gone.

So what is the truth?

NASA confirmed the existence of a hypothetical new Planet X deep in  space in the solar system.

Scientists have evidence of the Neptune-sized mystery planet orbiting our sun in a highly elongated orbit far beyond Pluto. 

They said it could have a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbit about 20 times further from the sun than Neptune, taking a whopping 10,000 and 20,000 Earth years to make one full orbit around the sun.

So were the Nibiru conspiracy theorists right all along?

Well, NASA did nothing to quell the conspiracy theories by calling it "Planet X" as well as "Planet 9".

However, the space agency says if it does exist it poses no risk to us.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/838428/NASA-Planet-X-Nibiru-DESTROY-earth-next-month-August-21-total-solar-eclipse



          Many American States Preparing For Historic Eclipse Like A Natural Disaster - But why?        

Americans across the U.S. will see the country’s first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. While millions of people get ready to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse, local authorities are the treating the event more like a natural disaster and are preparing for the worst.

The disaster prep work stems from the massive tourist attraction the solar eclipse has become. The eclipse’s path of totality, where the moon will almost completely block the sun, covers a 70-mile-wide lane that will cut across 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina. There are an estimated 12 million people in the eclipse’s path.

According to greatamericaneclipse.com, another 1.8 to 7.4-million people will travel into the path on Aug. 21. Several small towns and less populated states are preparing to see their populations double or even triple in the week leading up to the solar event.

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/08/07/solar-eclipse-states-natural-disaster/


          ãƒ†ãƒ©ãƒªã‚¢ : Angry Nimbusの狩場を作ってNimbus Rodを入手        

色んな攻略サイトで「コイツいい味出すよ」と好評な設置系魔法武器Nimbus Rod。 手に入れるにはハードモードでやや出現率が低めのAngry Nimbusを狩らなくてはなりません。 Unicornを狩るために作った小屋(仮)で雨の時に狩りをしたらついでに入手できないかと思ったんですけど、出現率が低すぎて現実的ではありませんでした。

Angry NimbusはForestsに生息するモンスターでしたっけ? The Hallowでやったのがいけなかったのでしょうか? Forestsに狩場を作らないと。 でも、それでも出現率が低かったら面倒だな。

ってことで、勢いでAngry Nimbus専用の狩場を作ってしまいました。 適当に検索して見つけた英語の動画を見ても詳細が分からなかったので我流です。


キャラクターが待機するのは上空の小さな小屋。

地表から少し上に作ってもいいのですが、地表の整地が面倒なので上空になりました。 HarpyとWyvernが湧かないように高さ控えめ。 のはずだったんですがHarpyは少し湧くようです。

まだゲームを進めていないのでJungle Templeのトラップは使えません。 ヨーヨーで攻撃するので隙間を開けています。 小屋のすぐ下のPlatformは下に来たAngry Nimbusを狩ったとき、ドロップアイテムが下に落ちないように設置しました。

下の皿状の足場はこんな感じ。

小屋から50ブロックほど下に足場を作ります。 先ほど書いた通り地面をならして作っても構いません。 ここに敵が湧きます。

小屋の真下には歩行タイプの敵が集まってきます。 小屋と同じ幅の木のブロックを敷いて溶岩トラップを作ります。 そこから左右にDirt Block10マス、Woodブロック10マスというふうに伸ばしていきます。 10マスにしたのは単純に数え易いからです。

Dirt Blockの部分は1段高くして、Woodブロックの部分に溶岩をバケツ1杯分たらします。 溶岩の上にWoodブロックで蓋をします。 蓋のWoodブロックにはActuatorを付けておきます。 狩りの間だけ透過させて、普段は安全に歩けるようにしておきます。

湧いた歩行タイプの敵がジャンプで逃げないように、皿状の足場の左右に高めの壁を作っています。 左端の壁は上空の小屋の左の壁から87マスくらいのところに作ったはず。 右端は小屋の右の壁から87マスです。 (84マス目に壁を作ればいいのですが、数マス余裕を持たせました。)

Dirt Blockのところには「Forestsなら要るかな?」と思ってDryadから買ったGrass Seedsを植えています。 でもよく考えたら関係ないですよね。


なんでこんな物を作ったか簡単に説明しておきましょう。 ほとんどのテラリアの雑魚敵は

  1. 壁チェック
  2. 足場チェック
  3. 近すぎチェック
  4. 空間チェック

の4つの判定をクリアしたとき湧きます。 (例外 : 高所のHarpyとWyvern、Dungeonの敵など)

まずは壁チェック。 プレイヤーキャラクターの占める6マスの内、左上の1マスの左のマスと、その上のマスの間を中心として左右83マス(+中心1マス)、上下46マスの範囲内からランダムで1マスを選びます。 そのマスに壁が無いとき、またはワールド生成時の壁があるとき壁チェックを通過します。 (スミマセン、ちょっとコピペしました。 よく分からないけど大体わかれば大丈夫なはず。)

(画像のチェック範囲は適当です。だいたいのイメージを表すために作りました。)

壁チェックを通過したら次は足場チェックです。 壁チェックで選ばれたマスからスタートして下方向に101マスほど探索、ブロックやPlatformなどの足場を探します。 足場があればチェック通過です。 この時の足場は、全てのチェックを通ったら敵が湧くポイント場所になります。

3番目は近すぎチェック。 おそらくキャラクターの近くにいきなり湧かないようにするためでしょう。 近すぎるとチェックに引っ掛かって敵の生成がキャンセルされます。 具体的な範囲はキャラクターから左右64マス(+中心1マス)、上下36マス(+中心1マス)です。 これが意外と広いので、敵が湧く位置は窓枠のような細い範囲か、その下の空間になります。

ここまでのチェックを通ったら最後に敵が湧くだけの十分なスペースがあるかをチェックします。 通ったらめでたく?敵の出現となります。

もしキャラクターが地表にいるなら、敵が湧く範囲は地面の上で、キャラクターから左右に65~83マス離れた場所になるでしょう。 地下にいるなら、よほど深い縦穴がないかぎり先ほど書いた通り窓枠のような狭い範囲に湧くことになります。 今回作った狩場の場合は? そう、皿状の足場の上に湧きます。

湧いた敵のうち歩行タイプの敵は溶岩で倒します。 Wraithは飛行タイプではなくホバータイプです。 足場から数ブロック上に浮いていますが、それ以上は上がってきません。 小屋にいるときに、たまにダメージを与えたときの効果音が聞こえるのでおそらく溶岩で倒せているのだと思います。 狩り終わったあとに降りてもWraithは居ませんでした。 飛行タイプの敵、Flying Fishはふらついて近づいてきません。 数が少ないので無視で。 残りの飛行タイプ、Demon Eyeと、目的のAngry Nimbusはキャラクターに直行してきます! こいつらを狩れば効率よくNimbus Rodを手に入れられるという算段です。

……ちなみに、Solar EclipseのMothronはまだ見てませんが、おそらく湧いたら勝てません。 Solar Eclipseになったら素早く避難で。


余談ですが、出現する敵はキャラクターが現在いるバイオームと敵が湧く足場のブロックの種類で決まります。 出現位置が雪原バイオームでも、キャラクターがジャングルにいたらジャングルの敵が湧きます。 ジャングルの敵が湧くのですが「この敵はこのブロックの上にしか湧かない」というルールがそれぞれ決まっています。 そのため湧く敵の種類は制限されます。

例えば、The Crimsonの敵はCrimstone Blockなどの汚染されたブロックの上にしか湧きません。 The Crimsonの汚染されたブロックを全てWoodブロックなどで覆うとスライムなど全バイオーム共通の敵しか湧かなくなります。


雨が降ったので実際に狩ってみました。

Water Candleを点けてすぐに最初のAngry Nimbusが! ヨーヨーで落ち着いて倒します。 Rodは落ちません。

まぁすぐには無理でしょう。 早く2匹目来ないかな~。

意外と来ませんね。 適当に検索して見つけた動画だともうちょっと湧いたんですけど、何か工夫が必要なんでしょうか? Battle Potionも飲まないとダメなのかな? 用意するの面倒くさいな~。

2匹目はゲーム内の時計で2時間後でした。 このペースは不味いですね。 (おいしくないという意味で。)

その後パラパラと来てくれました。 まぁ、このペースならいいかな、と思ったら?

Blood Moon発生。 千客万来。 Demon Eyeの方が多いですけどね。 Angry Nimbusもそれなりに増えたんでいい狩りになりました。 普段でもBattle Potionがあれば効率よく狩れそうですね。

敵はたくさん来たけど、そもそものドロップ率がそんなに高くはありません。 今回は無理かな? と思ったら……。

雨が上がる直前のAngry Nimbusが落としてくれました。 目的達成! 作った狩場即お役御免!!


後日、予備のNimbus Rodが欲しくてもう1度狩りに行きました。 Battle Potionは使わなかったけど、4つのRodが手に入りました。 さすがに狩った数に対して落ちすぎでしたね。 ついでに他の土地を整備しているときに野良のAngry Nimbusが1本落としたし……。

まぁ、それなりに役に立つ狩場だと思うんで、今からやろうという奇特な方がいたらやってみてください。



          The Great American Eclipse - when is it, where is it , and how to watch it         

The Great American Eclipse - when is it, where is it , and how to watch it On Monday, August 21 the sun, moon and Earth will line up in an act of cosmic serendipity that will turn day across the 2,680-mile width of the United States. It will be the first time that has happened in nearly a century, and never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied. From Oregon in the west, to South Carolina in the east, there will be festivals and flamboyant eclipse viewing parties. And of course, traffic gridlock, an social media explosion, and general chaos As one astronomer put it: "This will be the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history." How unusual an event is this? Full solar eclipses, when the moon positions itself smack between the sun and the Earth, happen every few years but often in remote areas or over the ocean. This will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross the US coast-to-coast, and the first to pass through any part of the lower 48 states in 38 years. An illustration from Nasa Credit: AFP Where is it happening? The path of totality - where the light of the sun is completely blocked out by the moon - is 70 miles wide and stretches from Lincoln City, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, passing through 14 states and 21 National Parks The total eclipse will last about 90 minutes as the lunar shadow sweeps across America at more than 1,500 mph beginning about 10.15 am west coast time. On the east coast it will end at 2.49 pm east coast time. Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the path of totality. Vineyards, breweries, museums, parks, universities, stadiums, just about everybody is getting into the act. Schoolchildren wearing protective glasses Credit: Reuters What if you're not in the US? Don't worry, Nasa will be broadcasting the whole thing on the internet and TV. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will beam back pictures, as will ships and planes and high altitude balloons. "This is a really amazing chance to just open the public's eyes to wonder," said physicist Angela Des Jardins, who is in charge of Nasa' eclipse video ballooning project. Eclipses mean chaos Will there be chaos? Undoubtedly. An estimated 200 million people live within a day's drive of the path of totality and huge crowds are expected. The lightly populated state of Oregon is expecting up to one million eclipse chasers and is treating the event as an emergency. Police everywhere are asking people to be patient. Even stuck in a traffic jam the sight should be wonderful. An eclipse in Beijing in 2010 Credit: Getty Rain means pain... Above all, eclipse viewing is dependent on clear skies, and the best advice is to find somewhere high and dry. Experienced eclipse watchers say the best bet is to avoid both coasts, where rain is more likely. States like Wyoming and Idaho could fare better. Ideally, the best option is to be somewhere remote with access to a fast car and clear roads in case a cloud settles overhead. The  Astronomical League for amateur astronomers, who know a thing or two, are heading for Casper, Wyoming. Majestic solar eclipse lights up Southern Hemisphere 00:31 How long will totality last? It varies in different places, Darkness will last just under two minutes in Oregon, gradually expanding to a maximum two minutes and 44 seconds in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, and into Kentucky, then dwindling to two-and-a-half minutes in South Carolina.  Will there also be a partial eclipse? The partial eclipse will extend up through Canada and down through Central America and the top of South America. Minneapolis will see 86 per cent of the sun covered, Miami 82 per cent, Montreal 66 per cent, and Mexico City sees 38 per cent. NASA satellite witnesses a rare double eclipse 00:36 Are protective eclipse glasses necessary? Absolutely. The only time you can look at the eclipse is during totality. Experts say at any point when the eclipse is partial, even if only a sliver of the sun is visible, it would burn the back of your eyes to look at it. "Unfortunately, I think it is probably true that during every solar eclipse, there's bound to be somebody who does get hurt," said Ralph Chou, an optometry professor and leading authority on eye damage from eclipse viewing. Timelapse Shows Total Solar Eclipse Over Indonesia 02:03 How about watching from a plane South West Airlines has worked out that the eclipse will be visible from a handful of its scheduled flights, taking off from dEnver, Seattle and Portland. They'll be serving "cosmic cocktails" to the lucky passengers. Is there a Trump link to the eclipse? The Boston Globe newspaper made a valiant attempt to link the eclipse to Donald Trump, noting that 92 per cent of the 240 counties in the path of totality voted for the president in last year's election. However, the internet appeared to decide that this was a Trump link too far. Leave it to the Globe to make a solar eclipse political. (BTW Globe, the sun and moon don't care who's president!)— Gary Black (@GaryBlackal) August 4, 2017 What do the experts say about eclipses? Nasa guru Bill Cooke says: "It is the most weird, creepy, awe-inspiring astronomical event you will experience." Rick Fienberg, spokesman for the American Astronomical Society: "Going through life without ever experiencing totality is like going through life without ever falling in love." When's the next one in the US? April 8, 2024. It might be even better with four minutes totality.    



          Comment on Experience the solar eclipse with kids the right way! by Elizabeth Plumb        
The resource is great and the craft ideas too. But, I think, everyone should wear a solar eclipse t-shirt to enjoy the eclipse day because it will add more momentum.
          Eclipse Watch Party at Mid-America Science Museum        
August 21 stands out this month as the first time since the late 1970s that a total solar eclipse will occur in the U.S. According to a press release sent by Jim Miller of Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, a ‘solar eclipse is a celestial event in which the moon passes between the Earth …
          THE PATH OF TOTALITY...        
... I love the phrase. It speaks to me of more than the path of the solar eclipse, due to cross the nation on 21 August. It speaks, somehow, of total commitment or resolve in the broader, philosophical sense. And perhaps too of the human condition itself: like it or not, we are all on the path of totality in our lives, from the moment of birth until the hour of death. That's the sum of it.

But it resonates particularly at this moment, with the solar eclipse looming in less than two weeks. From the first moment I started to read about it, I was hooked. From everything I heard and read, it seemed like such an awe-some event, something absolutely not-to-be-missed if it was in any way possible to get to the path of totality. Partial would not be enough. It would be, well, partial. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to be there.

I had an idea. Knowing that Ellie's cousin David and his wife--good friends down here in Orange County--have a place somewhere up there in Idaho, and knowing that the path of totality crossed the state, I wrote to him to ask for suggestions and was rewarded with a generous invitation to stay a few nights with them.

Such excitement! I began to research ways of getting there and soon found that airlines were pretty much booked around the time of the eclipse. I could still get tickets going north... but there was nothing coming back within reasonable time. I thought about flying in to Boise, a couple of hours' drive away--which would have been possible, except that there were no longer any rental cars available. We finally decided simply to get in our own car and make the 15-hour drive, with a stop halfway at a motel in Ely, Nevada.

Amazing! I'm hoping that by arriving three or four days before the eclipse we'll miss the worst of the northbound traffic. But who knows? Seems like everyone and his mother wants to see the show. I know that I won't have the opportunity again in my lifetime, so it feels right to seize the moment. I'm sure there's something to be learned. There always is...


          21 things to know about the Aug. 21 eclipse        
Become a trivia expert with this guide to the 2017 solar eclipse. For events, eclipse viewing tips and to see how close you'll be to totality, go to stltoday.com/eclipse
          Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards        
Transportation officials are worried not only about massive traffic jams but potential crashes that could result from drivers focusing on the skies, not the road.
          Sunglasses are not enough: Experts warn about eye damage during eclipse        
As people prepare to gaze at the sky to catch a view of the total solar eclipse, professionals are urging them to use caution.
          Your guide to the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse        
If you haven’t already, you might want to mark your calendars for Aug 21, and make a special notation for oh, say, early afternoon, depending on your location. You’re in for one of the darker, stranger experiences of your life…
          For St. Louis astronomers, this month's total solar eclipse is the Super Bowl        
St. Louis-area astronomers want their own unforgettable experience, and Aug. 21’s total solar eclipse provides the perfect stage.
          After 26 years of eclipse chasing, one finally comes to this Kirkwood couple        
Since 1991, Sharon and Billy Hahs have chased 14 solar eclipses, all in different countries, and have managed to catch 11 of them.
          UNL student-designed maps to help direct visitors for eclipse weekend        
While most people will be on the ground looking up Aug. 21 at the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in nearly a century, Austin Arens spent his summer in the sky looking down.
          What will animals do during the eclipse? Scientists aren't entirely sure.        
CARBONDALE — Imagine celebrating a leap year birthday — that's how scientists might feel when faced collecting data during the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse.
           Solar Eclipse 2012        
This years solar eclipse has come and gone and made for quite a spectacular show. The Eclipse started around 530 local time and ended around sunset at 730. I engineered a cheap way to view the event by putting three sets of sunglasses together which I'm not fully sure wheather to consider safe or just dumb. In other news the second tropical depression of the year in the EPAC (East Pacific) has formed. I expect it to slowely travel to the NE generally paralell to the...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/j2008/comment.html?entrynum=1">Read More</a>
          Annular Eclipse 2012 – as seen from Tahoe and Truckee        
Photos from today's annular solar eclipse, from Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Truckee
          Solar Eclipse on 8/21 will Affect Photovoltaic Generators Across the Country        
Eclipse: utilities plan to fill gaps with natural gas, hydro: EIA On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the[Read More...]
          Granlund cartoon: Solar eclipse         
Dave Granlund cartoon on the solar eclipse and beliefs.
          What the eclipse will look like in your backyard - CNN        

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          Can the Total Solar Eclipse Bring People to Faith?        
Astrophysicist and minister Dr. Hugh Ross thinks the total solar eclipse is the perfect opportunity to combine science and faith. 
          Is Technology Too Good for an Old-School Test of Einstein’s Relativity?        
On Aug. 21, sky-gazers from around the world will converge in the United States as a total solar eclipse charts a path from Oregon to South Carolina. In between, on Casper Mountain in Wyoming, you’ll find Don Bruns with his telescope. A retired physicist, Bruns is using the rare opportunity to test Albert Einstein's general relativity like Sir Arthur Eddington, who was the first scientist to test the theory back in 1919. At that time, Newton’s law of universal gravity was still vogue, but
          America's total eclipse floods market with fake sunglasses        
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When millions of Americans turn their faces skyward to witness the nation's first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century, many will reach for specially designed sunglasses, but experts caution the public to stay clear of unsafe counterfeits.

          Pagans join others intrigued by “Great American Eclipse”        
UNITED STATES –In less than two weeks, the shadow of the moon will cross the United States from coast to coast during the most significant total solar eclipse to touch the country in nearly a century. The 70-mile-wide path of totality will run from Oregon to South Carolina, touching 14 states and allowing the curious […]
          Solar Eclipse        

The moon will block the light of the sun and a partial solar eclipse should be visible from the Boston area. We’ll provide the viewing devices and watch it together, as an astronomer discusses the science. For families with children ages 5-11. No registration.

Date(s): 
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

          Astronomer Rick Fienberg on the Eclipse        

In this interactive presentation suitable for anyone of elementary-school age or older, local astronomer Rick Fienberg will explain why eclipses happen, how to watch them safely, and what to expect on the big day. 

Rick is former editor in chief of Sky & Telescope magazine, current press officer of the American Astronomical Society, and a veteran of 12 total solar eclipses worldwide. He’ll answer all your questions and distribute free, safe eclipse-viewing glasses and instructions to all attendees.

Then...

On Monday, August 21, a total eclipse of the Sun will cross the U.S. from coast to coast for the first time in nearly a century. Outside a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, the Moon will only partly block the Sun, creating a partial solar eclipse that we’ll be able to see from Watertown. Join us for our Eclipse Viewing Party.

Date(s): 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room, WFPL

          Eclipse Viewing Party        

Join us on the front lawn of the library to view the partial solar eclipse! There will be fun activities, eclipse snacks, and special eclipse viewing glasses available.  All ages welcome. In case of inclement weather, we will be live streaming the eclipse inside.

Date(s): 
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
Front entrance of library, WFPL

          Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse        
As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago. A petroglyph of what may be a total solar eclipse in the year 1097 as recorded by the Chaco Canyon,  New Mexico Pueblo people [Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder]CU Boulder...

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          NASA EDGE: Solar Eclipse 2017 Preview Show        
If you want signs and wonders, NASA EDGE has you covered with a preview of the most significant astronomical event in years: the Total Solar Eclipse 2017.
          Solar Eclipse in India        
By leaving India on July 18, I missed the longest total solar eclipse of the century.

Many people watched it from the steps above the Ganges in Varanasi.

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          Preacher Anne Graham Lotz: The Solar Eclipse is God Judging America. Somehow.        
Are you excited about the upcoming solar eclipse?Then you're not Anne Graham Lotz, who thinks it's just a sign from God.
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          Ken Ham: Bill Nye Is Bad for Children Because He Says “They’re Just Animals”        
Imagine how much contempt Ken Ham must have for science that a magazine cover about the solar eclipse sets him off this much.
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          9 movies starring solar eclipses        
From musicals to thrillers, there's more than a few flicks out there where the solar eclipse has a starring role.
          What's Up - August 2017        
Prep for the August solar eclipse by observing the moon's phases. Plus, catch 2 meteor showers.
          Here’s the exact time the eclipse will be in each Piedmont Triad city        
August 21 will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse’s path will cover the entire United States. The “band of totality” (the shadow of the moon as it completely covers the sun) is only 70 miles wide and is far west of the Piedmont Triad. NASA created an interactive map that allows users to zoom into different parts of the country to see when the eclipse will start, be at its maximum and when it […]
          One Year From Today        
The blue line across the middle represents the mid-line of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. The shaded area around that line represents the area of totality, where the sun's disk will be completely obscured for a period of time as the moon passes in front of it. The closer an observer is to the mid-line, the longer the sun will be obscured.

I've been excited about this for years; I've never seen a total solar eclipse. I've seen partials that were total or annular elsewhere, but I've never been in the path of totality. For viewing, all I really need to do is be awake and standing in view of the sun, but I'd like to get to a decent elevation. I understand that if you're in a spot with a good east-west vista, you can see the shadow of the moon approaching and receding before and after totality. In Corvallis, the umbral speed will be 1.310 km/sec, or 2929 miles per hour-- which is to say, the fastest predictable thing I will ever see. This interactive map (from which the above screen shot was taken) is the best resource I've found for planning, with extensive details about the event. Simply click the crosshairs on a point of interest, and a table of data will pop up, telling you everything you could want to know about the eclipse at that position.

I have some ideas about where to watch it, but I hope to have opportunities to do some scouting between now and then. It may be that I can get up to the Santiam Pass area and do geology for much of the remainder of the day. In the end, I suspect I'll play it by ear. This time of year, fires and smoke can muddle an otherwise glorious view. However, the chance of rain- or even heavy clouds- in mid-late August is next to nil.
          Heaven from earth: How churches are embracing the eclipse        
Episcopal churches are welcoming visitors in preparation for August 21's solar eclipse - an unexpected outreach opportunity!
          Krispy Kreme Shows Off Chocolate Glaze Doughnuts in Celebration Of Solar Eclipse        
Doughnuts lovers rejoice! Krispy Kreme is about to release a limited run of doughnuts that is marketed as a celebration for the upcoming solar eclipse.
          Solar Eclipse         
Date: 
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Learn the science behind this magnificent sight! View the eclipse with us after the presentation. Glasses will be available for viewing the eclipse at 2:30 pm.
For more information about the eclipse, click here.
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          Concordia University, Nebraska, To Host Solar Eclipse Event        
Concordia University, Nebraska, to host total solar eclipse event at Bulldog Stadium.  Concordia University, Nebraska, to host total solar eclipse event at Bulldog Stadium.

Concordia University, Nebraska, will host an event to watch the solar eclipse at Bulldog Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2017.

Areas of Bulldog Stadium and the field will be open to the public, with eclipse updates and commentary from the Concordia science department being audible throughout the stadium.

The school group registration deadline is July 31 for a cost of $100 per school. Registered school groups will have a controlled bus drop-off area, designated bus parking, reserved seating, and solar eclipse glasses.

No registration is necessary for the general public and there is no cost for attendance. A limited number of solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information or to register, visit cune.edu/eclipse2017


          Wildfires Engulf Thousands Of Acres As The Solar Eclipse Nears (Synopsis)        
“I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire you know where your flames are, but in the woods it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you.” -Tom Watson The solar eclipse we’ve all been waiting for is just two weeks away. Yet even though you’ve got your…
          America’s Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right (Synopsis)        
“Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.” –Simon Newcomb On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will travel coast-to-coast across the United States, bringing darkness during the day to portions of 14…
          Exploring the boundaries of predictability: what can we forecast, and when should we give up?        
Yahoo Big Thinkers Sunnyvale, California Friday 26 June 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm Location: Yahoo Sunnyvale Campus and LIVE at labs.yahoo.com Why is it that we can accurately forecast a solar eclipse in 1000 years time, but we have no idea whether Yahoo’s stock price will rise or fall tomorrow? Or why can we forecast electricity consumption next week with remarkable precision, but we cannot forecast exchange rate fluctuations in the next hour?
          INL in E. Idaho bans hunting on day of eclipse; it's in the path of totality         

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An 890-square-mile (2,305-sq. kilometer) federal nuclear facility in eastern Idaho has banned hunters from the area on the day of the solar eclipse. The Idaho National Laboratory is directly on the "path of totality" of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, and high numbers of eclipse watchers are expected along roads in the area. Officials say the 24-hour hunting ban is needed for safety and security purposes, and only official business access will be allowed at the site on that day. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says elk and pronghorn hunters for more than a decade have been able to access areas along the northern boundary of the site under specific guidelines. The state agency says violators on Aug. 21 could face federal legal action.


          NASA Jets Will Extend Eclipse By Chasing Moon's Shadow        
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0GNqlGNZkI If you're lucky enough to be in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse over North America, you will get at best about 2 ½ minutes to view "totality" – when the moon almost completely covers the disc of the Sun. But a team of NASA-funded scientists have figured out a way to get a much longer look. For them, totality will last three times as long as for the rest of us — more than 7 minutes. They plan to use the extra time to produce detailed observations of the Sun's corona and temperatures on Mercury. How will they do it? A team from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Co., led by Amir Caspi will be flying in a pair of converted Cold War-era jet bombers equipped with stabilized telescopes in their nose cones. They will essentially chase the moon's shadow as the path of totality moves across the central United States. "These could well turn out to be the best ever observations of high frequency phenomena in the corona,"
          â€˜Do you even science, bro?’ Neil deGrasse Tyson uses the eclipse to prove climate change, trips over SCIENCE        

Science called, its embarrassed for Neil at this point. Odd. Climate change has zilch, zero, nada to do with the solar eclipse that will take place on Aug 21 – sadly that didn’t stop ‘super scientist’ Neil deGrasse Tyson from pretending it does. Of course when something is completely fabricated it’s easy to just make […]

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          Solar Eclipse Viewing Party        
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          Equip for the Eclipse with Cool Safety Gear        
See the solar eclipse on August 21 in safety and style thanks to these glasses and gadgets.
          Lunar Eclipse August 7th, Solar Eclipse August 21st        
We are on the verge of a very extraordinary astrological time, with two very special astrological events which will have significant implications on our lives. Tomorrow – Monday August 7th there will be a partial lunar eclipse. Two weeks after that, on August  21st there will be a total solar eclipse. The whole time in-between […]
          Lunar Eclipse – August 7        
Twice a year, for a few weeks, the Earth, the Sun and the Moon are in perfect alignment, like on a billiard table.  This is a very special time, and the astronomical result of this alignment is that during these two periods there will be lunar and solar eclipses, to some degree. The current eclipses […]
          Video Forecast July 24 – August 21: Lunar and Solar Eclipses Ahead        
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          Emergency Responders Brace For Tens Of Millions Set To Watch Eclipse        
Tens of millions of people in the U.S. are expected to be watching some version of the solar eclipse later this month.
          Making Artificial Eclipses Using Spacecraft Might Help Us Find New Worlds        
As the nation awaits the Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, Stanford's Space Rendezvous Laboratory is developing a system that uses orbiting spacecraft to produce eclipses.
          A Brief History of Solar Eclipses, From 1900 to 2017 (Gallery)        
As the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 approaches, here is a look back at how eclipses have been observed and measured since 1900.
          Get a Free, Kid-Friendly Solar Eclipse Booklet from Bill Nye and the National Parks        
The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has partnered with science popularizer Bill Nye and the Planetary Society to create kid-friendly resources about the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
          How to Make Solar Filters (and Why You Might Not Want To)        
Think carefully about what solar-viewing equipment you want to bring to the 2017 total solar eclipse, and what you want to leave at home.
          'Eclipse Across America' Series Offers Preview of 2017 Total Solar Eclipse        
A new online documentary series gives viewers a cross-country preview of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and explains the science behind the celestial event.
          Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here Are the Best Live (Video) Streams        
Experience 2017's total solar eclipse virtually: Come Aug. 21, people outside the eclipse path, under cloudy skies or hoping to stay indoors have plenty of options to watch the celestial event live.
          Partial Lunar Eclipse: A Prequel to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (Photos)        
In a subtle but stunning prelude to the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of Aug. 21, a partial lunar eclipse graced the night skies over Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia on Monday (Aug. 7).
          "Quest For The W" Riveting, New Book by Indy Lindsey Will Be Released on August 21, 2017 Same Day as Solar Eclipse, Which Has Be Named The, "Great American Eclipse"        

White Plains, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/09/2017 -- On August 21st, the entire contiguous United States will experience the Solar Eclipse at the same time Indy Lindsey will be releasing her highly anticipated, and riveting book titled "Quest For The W: When Winning Is Everything." "Just like a solar eclipse which brings a short period of darkness, so does our lives in many instances," said Indy Lindsey while adding, "people who are on a quest to win will find the book very useful." Indy tells it all in her inspirational story. The book is based on real life scenarios filled with pros and cons written to cultivate the mind. It's designed to propel individuals to take stock in their lives when it comes to the choices they make. Indy intertwines a story of a lost girl within the book as a form of demonstrative reasoning. "The lost girl's brokenness did not hinder her continuous fight to overcome adversity and it shows, you don't have to become what surrounds you," said, Indy Lindsey.

The book is a motivational piece that helps in self discovery, personal growth and development. It discusses an array of issues such as how to break the shackles that paralyze individuals in life, lessons on being assertive, gaining and protecting inner peace, and identifying relationships that do not add value in life among other inspirational themes.

According to Indy Lindsey, the book is a personal guide that will teach individuals how to take hold of present situations and reap the reward of ingenuity. She adds that it offers beneficial jewels that removes confusion and makes the future brighter. It teaches the reader to be optimistic, never allowing failure to be an option.

Indy gives tips on winning strategies, lessons drawn from her own personal life. She encourages her readers to remain optimistic especially when life seems uncaring.

The author promises more of this, "This is not the last you will hear about me. I'm just getting started!" said Indy Lindsey.

For more information and to make a purchase on Amazon click here or please visit: http://ndplaygroundpublishing.com.

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          Neil deGrasse Tyson slaps dimwits: ‘Odd no one denies the eclipse — like climate change, science predicts it’        
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson used the impending total solar eclipse to make a point about science and climate change. In a tweet on Thursday morning, Tyson noted that the same people who deny climate change have no problem believing that science can predict a solar eclipse. Odd. No one i...
          As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares        
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qthcTr-IQM Later this month, the moon's shadow will fall on Carhenge. "Holy cow man, guess what? There's going to be an eclipse," says Kevin Howard, the head of the visitor's bureau for Alliance, Neb., which is home to the Stonehenge replica made of cars . Alliance, with a population of about 8,500, is preparing for a deluge of visitors, including the state's governor, who has announced he will view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse from Carhenge . Howard says the town is planning concerts, a 30-team softball tournament, a Native American powwow, plus all the churches will put out their best spreads. "There's nothing better than a meal at the church," he says. "Those ladies put out the good stuff." The ancients who built Carhenge back in 1987 didn't know about this eclipse. Carhenge was the brainchild of a local named Jim Reinders, a petroleum engineer who spent years working in England. While there, he became acquainted with the prehistoric site of
          Solar Eclipse Storytime        
August 21st, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
It's the great solar eclipse of 2017! The moon will begin to cover the sun at 11:56 am. Enjoy stories and songs our on our lawn as we wait for the solar eclipse to culminate at 1:19 pm. We will have solar eclipse glasses on hand to help you view the eclipse safely. While supplies last!
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          Solar Eclipse: A 90-Second Guide on How to Watch It Safely        
As spectators prepare for the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. since 1979, WSJ's Dipti Kapadia explains how to watch this astronomical event without damaging your eyes. Photo: Getty Images
          Heading to view solar eclipse or to work? Make a plan to get there        

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Traffic during the weekend before the highly anticipated total solar eclipse will affect every highway in Oregon. Everyone can play a role in helping keep cars off the road.


          Do eclipses drive animals wild? Here's how you can help scientists find out.        
In 1994, Doug Duncan was standing on the Bolivian Altiplano with of group of fellow astronomers. The scientists had come to witness a total solar eclipse, and as such, most of their gazes were turned skyward as the totality approached. That is, until a woman starting shouting, "Look down! Look down!""I can still hear her voice," said Duncan, the director of the Fiske Planetarium at the University of [...]
          Lily Rose        
Ah, what can we say about Ms Rose that a few pics of her can’t do more justice to. I mean, it’s probably understatement of the century to say that this girl is hot. We’re talking thermonuclear, turn the desert floor to glass, hot heat. Sauna in the center of the sun, scorching radiant heat folks. In fact, the site should hand out those solar eclipse viewing deelies before they let you look directly at Lily.
          Free Public Presentations Explore the Science of Solar Eclipses        
As part of NASA’s nationwide coverage of the historic solar eclipse on Aug. 21, the College of Charleston’s Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library is hosting a pair of free public ... Read More
          Solar Eclipse 2009        
I’m really disappointed. I already waited since 03.30pm at Syuen Hotel Ipoh just want to watch solar eclipse (the peak is around 04.30pm). Suddenly the sky turns very dark and cloudy around 04.00pm. I still wait patiently eventhough there is no hope to see the sun. Finally, I saw something interesting few minutes before the […]
          Looking Up : Moon’s long shadow to touch the Earth again         
Much is being said about the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. This will be an extremely rare opportunity for Americans to enjoy the spectacle of the Sun being completely covered by the Moon, certainly one of the most awesome celestial events visible to the unaided eye.The darkest part of the Moon's shadow, called the umbra, extends behind the moon, in a long cone. The shadow reaches out into space approximately 235,000 miles. Usually, in its orbit around the Earth, the Moon's shadow [...]
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          New! - EarthCam: 2017 Solar Eclipse Cam        
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          Cool Tool | Kids Discover Lessons: History and Science of the Solar Eclipse        
Kids Discover, a leading provider of engaging science and social studies curriculum for elementary and middle school students, has curated a collection of digital resources for teachers looking to give their students scientific and historical context for the upcoming solar … Continue reading
          God did it? I don't think so.        
There is no need to invoke a more complex being to explain the universe if you don't need one to explain god.

 It saves you from committing a special pleading fallacy. So it makes more logical sense to not invoke a god.

 The 'god' explanation is simply appealing to mystery. People can't explain the universe so they invent a god they also can't explain.

 It's really the height of intellectual laziness.

 Also, 'a natural phenomenon we don't yet understand' is the ***only*** hypothesis that's ever come true.

 Gods were thought to be responsible for thunder, lightning, solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, tides, earthquakes, volcanoes.... the list goes on and on.

You know how many times the god hypothesis was shown to be correct? 

Zero. Not once. Not ever. 

You know how many times 'a natural phenomenon we don't yet understand' has been correct?

Every single time. Every mystery ever solved has turned out to be *NOT god*. Every. Single. Time.

So we sit here now, perhaps not fully understanding how the universe came to be in this state.

And despite a 100% record of failure for 'God did it' and a 100% success rate for 'natural phenomenon'...
...Theists suggest god as an explanation and somehow still expect us to take them seriously.
          Granlund cartoon: Solar eclipse         
Dave Granlund cartoon on the solar eclipse and beliefs.
          Solar Eclipse Travel 2017: High Flight Prices, Traffic Expected        
The total solar eclipse that will be traveling across the country on Aug. 21 is the perfect excuse to plan a summer vacation, something many people have already done. But if you’ve waited until now to plan your eclipse vacation and you were hoping to get a flight to one of the states that will experience totally, get ready to pay.
          Lizard Man Sightings Could Occur During Solar Eclipse, Agency Warns         
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) warned residents of "possible paranormal activity" during the Great American Solar Eclipse via a graphic they posted on social media. The agency tweeted Wednesday about the possible appearance of Lizard Man on Aug. 21, the day of the eclipse.
          Chaco Canyon Rock Carving May Depict Year 1097 Total Solar Eclipse        
The mysterious Chaco Canyon civilization may have captured a total solar eclipse from 1,000 years ago by carving an image of the blocked-out sun and coronal mass ejections into rock.
          Solar Eclipse A Chance To Study Life’s Resilience        

Balloons will lift bacteria into stratosphere to test survival.

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          Solar Eclipse in Idaho and Borah Peak        

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On August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse that will be moving across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. The totality of the eclipse will be  viewable across a small 70 mile range. We'll head to Idaho to experience the totality.

The plan is to hike Mt Borah on Sunday, the day before the eclipse. On eclipse day, it will likely be a madhouse as people from all over the country will be converging in this area and many of them will likely attempt to hike the peak for the eclipse. Yes, it would be cool to be on the peak for it, but we'd like to ensure that we can at least climb Borah while we're there without waiting in line behind 300 other people and slogging up the trail. So, we'll settle for a ground view or perhaps a view from some other peak on Monday.

It's going to be crazy crowded in the area, so finding room at a campsite with facilities will not likely happen. However there is dispersed camping all over Idaho meaning that we can setup tents almost anywhere. But, don't expect to have a bathroom or water nearby. We'll be winging it so keep that in mind if you sign up! We'll be camping every night.

We'll figure out carpooling as we get closer to the date.


Itinerary (subject to change!)
Sat: Depart Cannery Casino at 6 am for a 7.5 hr drive to Twin Falls, Idaho. Arrive around 3:30/4pm assuming some breaks and food stops along the way. It's 1 hr ahead there. We'll do a short hike to Pillar Falls (2.5 mile round trip) and then possibly check out Shoshonee Falls. We'll camp somewhere around Twin Falls or on the road between there and the Mt Borah area. Sunset is 8:30pm, so the goal will be to find camping by 8pm.

Sun: Summit Mt Borah. Please review the stats below before deciding if you want to take on this hike. This mountain is no joke, so expect a tough hike!! Super steep and higher than Mt Charleston! If you don't want to do the hike, you're on your own for the day. We'll find a campsite before or after the hike.

Mon (Eclipse day!)
: The eclipse begins at 10:13am, peaks/becomes total at around 11:30am (for about 2.5 mins) and ends around 12:54pm. I would like to summit another peak (something easier than Mt Borah) and stay on the peak for the entirety of the eclipse. In other words, be on the peak from 10:15am - 1pm. Other options are to watch in the town of Mackay or at our campsite. We'll probably play this by ear and decide when we get there. We can always split up if people want to do different things.

Mon Post-Eclipse:
The roads will likely be jammedso I don't think it's a good idea to leave the area on Monday unless you want to sit in a car for hours. Possibly a visit to Mackay Reservoir for some swimming/sight-seeing and/or head into Mackay to check out the town and get dinner. 

Tues
: Craters of the Moon National Monument in the morning and depart late morning for Vegas. Expecting to get back to Vegas around 9 - 10pm. 

NOTE: Some of us may be remaining in the area beyond Tues to visit some other parks and might not be heading back to Vegas on Tues. That will obviously affect carpooling, so we'll coordinate when we set up carpooling.


Links
• Mt Borah Trailhead
• Mt Borah Hike Info
• Eclipse Info

• Shoshone Falls (Twin Falls, Idaho)
• Pillar Falls 

• Craters of the Moon National Monument
• Google Eclipse Map
• Eclipse Viewing Glasses on Amazon


Mt Borah Hike Stats:
Distance: 7.5 - 8.5 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 5,400 ft
Elevation Peak: 12,662 ft
Hiking Time: 5 - 8 hours
Difficulty: 4 out of 5
Danger: 4 out of 5 (altitude sickness/scrambling/exposure)
Exposure: moderate


Contact Card: Everyone should have a 3x5 card in their pack that has their emergency contacts on it and any pertinent medical history (allergies, meds, diabetes, etc). Place this in one of the small pockets of your pack to make it easy to find in the event that you're incapacitated.


Hiking Fitness ** IMPORTANT**
You need to know your pace and ability levels and you must understand that being highly physically fit in one sport or area of training does not mean you’re at that same level for hiking/scrambling. You must build up to that level as with any activity. For example, if you run marathons, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to keep up with moderate/fast hikers. You’re using completely different muscles and moving over different terrain.  Go with your “hiking” level of fitness, not your “general” level of fitness when determining the pace you can keep. Some people just move naturally faster or slower than others. It’s not good or bad. It’s just different. KNOW YOUR LIMITS!! I encourage everyone to challenge themselves, but be smart about it.


Disclaimer
Please be aware that Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. The purpose of these activities is to provide enjoyment of the outdoors through organized outdoor activities. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. Each participant is expected to be physically and mentally capable of safely accomplishing activities and will follow all safety guidelines and use instructions associated with the adventure. Each participant is financially responsible for loss or damage to any equipment related to the adventure.The organizers of this group and current / former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. There may be times when a coordinators fee is assessed. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.


North Las Vegas, NV 89030 - USA

Saturday, August 19 at 6:00 AM

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          Consumer Alert: Beware of Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses        
With all of the excitement generated by the upcoming total solar eclipse, criminals are taking advantage of the public by offering fake eclipse viewing sunglasses. Here is what you need to know! Continue reading…
          Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21st        
Cool Astronomy shows you 50 ways to enjoy the sky. One of them you can try at home on August 21st during the upcoming solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon  passes between the earth and the sun. When this happens the moon blocks the sun. If it is a total eclipse, the sun is […]
          INDOT Encourages Drive to be Prepared for Solar Eclipse Traffic Jams        
We are just a few weeks away from the Solar Eclipse on August 21st. With cities like Hopkinsville, Kentucky (roughly and hour and fifteen minutes south of Evansville) being prime locations for watching the moon block out the sun for a couple of minutes, the Indiana Department of Transportation is getting us prepared for what will likely be an increase in traffic coming through town. Continue reading…
          50 Romantic Moon Wedding Ideas        
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          Ready for the Solar Eclipse 2017?        

Have any plans for this weekend?  We certainly do with a whopping six soccer games.  But we are also prepping for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. I thought I’d give you the quick down and dirty just in case you are also interested in watching this with your family as well. WHAT IS IT: The solar...

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          2017 Wyoming Solar Eclipse Camping Spots        
With all the excitement that the eclipse has created, hotels along the 'zero line' are all but completely booked and finding a place to stay during the solar event has become extremely difficult. Continue reading…
          Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country        
Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration. On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by … Continue reading "Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country"
          Make Grand Hotel Bridgeport your total solar eclipse headquarters!        

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Photo Source: Travel Salem August 2017 may seem like a while away, but if you’re an eclipse-chaser, it’s just around the corner! Salem Oregon will be the first of five … Read More »

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          Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'        
To see this month's total solar eclipse , the first one to be visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years, all Donald Liebenberg will have to do is open his front door and step outside. "It's a really special treat to be able to have one in my driveway," says Liebenberg, who has trekked to Turkey, Zambia, China and Pukapuka, a remote island in the Pacific, to see past eclipses. He is part of a small community of people whose lives orbit around total solar eclipses. These eclipse chasers are also known as umbraphiles , or shadow lovers. Some, like Liebenberg, are attracted by the chance to scientifically observe the outer atmosphere of the sun. Others are emotionally drawn to an experience they describe as overwhelming and otherworldly. Liebenberg, an adjunct professor of astronomy at Clemson University in South Carolina, has seen 26 total solar eclipses. He has spent more time in totality, which is when the moon completely blocks the sun, than anyone else on Earth.
          Scientists Prepare For 'The Most Beautiful Thing You Can See In The Sky'        
You might think that, after thousands of years of observing total solar eclipses, science-minded folks would have exhausted what can be learned from this awesome natural spectacle. You would be wrong. "I get asked all the time, why are we still doing eclipses for scientific purposes," says Jay Pasachoff , an astronomer at Williams College in Massachusetts who chairs the International Astronomical Union's working group on solar eclipses. "There [are] still whole parts of the sun that can't be seen from satellites and that we just see better at eclipses." That's why, later this month, many astronomers and citizen-scientist volunteers will gaze up toward the sun and join a long line of eclipse scholars that includes Plutarch, the Babylonians, ancient imperial astronomers in China, and even Thomas Edison. One focus of attention will be the sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona , which is revealed when the moon slips in front of the sun and blocks its blinding light. The corona gets its
          Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes        
When Ralph Chou was about 12 years old, he took all the right precautions to watch his first solar eclipse. "I did other stupid things, but when it came to looking at that eclipse, I was being very careful," says Chou, a professor emeritus of optometry and vision science at the University of Waterloo, who's a leading authority on eye damage from eclipse viewing. The upcoming total solar eclipse will be the 19th one he has seen after a lifetime of eclipse chasing. And Chou is worried about first-timers and other folks who might look up at the spectacle without much forethought. Tens of millions of people are expected to view the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years. "Unfortunately, I think it is probably true that during every solar eclipse, there's bound to be somebody who does get hurt," says Chou. The only time it will be safe to look with the naked eye is during the brief window of so-called "totality," when the sun is completely
          How long will the 2017 total solar eclipse last? 94 Oregon cities ranked by duration – OregonLive.com        

OregonLive.com How long will the 2017 total solar eclipse last? 94 Oregon cities ranked by durationOregonLive.comThe Aug 21 total solar eclipse will pass over nearly 100 cities and towns in […]

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          Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017        
On August 21, 2017, an event will happen across parts of the Western Hemisphere that has not been seen by most people in their lifetimes. A total eclipse of the Sun will sweep across the face of the U ... - Source: blog.wolfram.com
          Media Alert: New 8th Gen Intel Core Processor Family to Debut Aug. 21        

On Aug. 21, Intel will unveil the 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family on Facebook Live. Watch as two exciting moments align: the Great American Solar Eclipse and the unveiling of Intel’s most powerful family of processors for the next era of computing. Hear from those who are at the center of creating this technology … Continued

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          Comment on Americans Will See Total Solar Eclipse in 2017 by Wm Scott        
There is an interesting phenomena I believed called “Bruce’s shadow” where during an eclipse, if you stand under a tree with leaves, you can see little images of the eclipse on the ground caused by the leaves acting like little pinhole cameras. The ground under the tree is covered with hundreds of these little shadows shaped eclipses. The shadow caused by the sun during an eclipse causes this very interesting phenomenon. Keep an eye out or it. It's very easy to see especially after the Sun starts notably "disappearing". Pass this little tidbit along to others. I remember seeing it during an annular eclipse many years ago in Louisiana.
          Comment on Sky Surprises: New Comet ASASSN1, Nova in Scutum, and Supernova in Pisces! by Graham-Wolf        
Hi Bob. C/2017 O1 (ASASSN) Aug 06.764 UT Mv 9.1, 7.2 arcmin coma, DC3. 12cm f4 L. 100x (48 arcmin FOV). 06.767 UT Mv 9.3, 5 arcmin coma, DC4. 8cm f5 R. 20x (2.0 deg FOV). "R" is my venerable "Polarex" 20x80 Terrestrial Spotter-Scope Refractor of 1970's vintage. 2 degree field with my wide field Kellner eyepiece. A most useful 4th or 5th hand instrument! Just as handy on the full-bore rifle range... Comet Estimate = 3/5 (8.40 - 9.55). Sidegwick in-out method. HIP 13861 (8.40), HIP 13861 (9.55). Clearing skies. Comet ~45 deg alt on North meridian. Full Moon already set below local Western horizon. Dawn onset at Aug 06.77 UT. Site= 45.890154 South, 170.477884 East, 142.0m amsl. Weather 9.8 deg C, 2km/h NW, 54% R/H. Totally overcast skies this morning... (August 7th UT). Several hours waiting in vain. NO Lunar Eclipse seen.... sorry, Bob. Maybe next time... Regards to all out there. "Nail" that Total Solar Eclipse, for the rest of us!!! Graham W. Wolf at Dunedin, NZ (46 South).
          Comment on August 7th’s Partial Lunar Eclipse by Graham-Wolf        
Hi all! NO LUCK. Regret to advise, that skies were terminally OVERCAST over perhaps all of NZ this morning. Saw nothing of the Lunar Eclipse. Was scheduled (down here) to start at 5:22 am NZST today and max out at ~25%. Obs site was 45.890154 South, 170.477884 East, 142.0m amsl. Several hours spent patiently in vain...... Hope others had far better luck than me. Regards and best wishes for the Total Solar Eclipse on the 27th!! Graham W. Wolf at Dunedin NZ (46 South).
          How to Take Photos of a Solar Eclipse Safely        
On the August 21st, 2017, North America is going to experience a solar eclipse. It’s the best eclipse in 99 years, with the path of totality—the area where the sun is totally blocked by the moon—extending from Oregon to South Carolina. Even outside of that narrow swathe, the eclipse is going to look pretty special.
          West Tennessee Company makes glasses to safely view August solar eclipse        
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A West Tennessee company is playing a major role in the upcoming total solar eclipse, providing tens of millions of glasses to safely watch the event. The machines at American Paper Optics in Bartlett, Tennessee, have been pedal to the metal for months. WHNT News 19’s sister station, WREG, was given an inside look. The special solar glasses are designed, printed, folded and glued for hundreds of museums, schools and companies across the country, potentially up to […]
          NASA shares important reminders on how to safely view the total solar eclipse in August        
More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, and NASA wants everyone who will witness this celestial phenomenon to do so safely. That Monday, a partial eclipse will be visible in every state. A total solar eclipse, which is when the Moon completely covers the sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide swath of the country. It’s common sense not to stare directly […]
          Total solar eclipse to bring darkness to the Southeast in late August        
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A total solar eclipse will bring a brief period of darkness during the middle of the day to millions in the United States on August 21, 2017. This will be the first time since 1918 that the path of a total solar eclipse will cross the entire contiguous U.S. A total eclipse of the sun happens when the moon completely blocks the visible solar disk, casting a shadow on Earth. The path of totality refers to the […]
          Excitement builds for total solar ‘Great American Eclipse’ in August        
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Millions of people in the United States will be in the perfect spot to witness a total solar eclipse later this summer. The Moon will cross in front of the sun and cast a shadow on part of the US on August 21. The greatest impacts of the eclipse will occur in the path of totality, where the Moon will completely block the sun for a few minutes. No part of Alabama lies in the path of […]
          UAH scientists plan special trip to study total solar eclipse in August        
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A team of scientists and students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will join scientists from around the world and millions of tourists streaming into the path of a total solar eclipse that will span the U.S. from coast to coast on August 21. Unlike most of the scientists setting up between Oregon and South Carolina, however, Kevin Knupp and his team from UAH won’t be watching the eclipse – at least not with scientific […]
          Where to see the August total solar eclipse with a breathtaking view        
TALLULAH GORGE, Ga. – Just 15 miles of northeast Georgia lies within the path of totality of the upcoming ‘Great American’ total solar eclipse, but this small area features some big picturesque possibilities. Tallulah Gorge State Park is holding a free observation event in an area with spectacular waterfalls with live music, telescopes, and experts on hand to answer questions about the eclipse. The event will take place at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center with other viewing areas available […]
          Total solar eclipse viewing party to be held at First Tennessee Park in Nashville        
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Sounds, Adventure Science Center and Metro Nashville have partnered for a total eclipse viewing party at First Tennessee Park on August 21, according to The Tennessean. Festivities will include a performance by the Nashville Symphony and hands-on science demonstrations and astronomy activities for children. Attendees will receive special solar glasses to view the eclipse, which will begin shortly before Noon and reach totality by 1:27 p.m. Doors to the 10,000-person capacity ballpark are set to open at […]
          All details and Benefits of Rudraksha and its purpose        

RUDRAKSHA

Rudraksha is considered to be the most potent manifestation of the Cosmic Force. Hence Rudraksha is the object of veneration and also the source to reach the higher self. These beads are the seeds of the Rudraksha fruit obtained from Rudraksha trees. The Rudrakasha tree is botanically known as ELAEOCARPUS GANITRUS ROXB. Its English name is UTRASUM BEAD TREE. Considered a major stress reliever, reducing circulatory problems and of course as the best beads, the berry (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus).



There are clefts called MUKHIS on the surface of the beads. The number of mukhis on the surface of a Rudrakasha bead helps in determining its quality. According to the number of mukhis the rudrakasha bead ranges from single face to a several faced bead. Asians have used Rudraksha beads traditionally. Asian Yogis and Monks found that merely wearing the Rudraksha beads gave them astonishingly tremendous amount of tranquillity, concentration that helped them meditate for a long period of time with spectacular control over the