Stargazing with Brian, Julia and Dr Karl

On Wednesday, May 23 (2018), people all across Australia gathered to break the Guinness World Record for the Most people stargazing – multiple venues.

The current World Record, set in 2015 by the Australian National University (ANU), is 7,960 people across 37 locations.

This year the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in partnership with the ANU was aiming to set a new record so large that it will be very difficult to break again.  On this occasion, participants would be asked to gaze at the Moon for 10 minutes and the ABC asked everyone to help.  Being the lunatic that I am, I said, “YES!  We can do that!”  (I voluntold* Dean as a participant.)
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Riding the Wheel

Poor Melissa.  When she was little, we had to find ourselves at the very top of the Ferris wheel when it stopped to let passengers on and off to discover she was afraid of heights.  She freaked out and started crying and we did our best to comfort her for the rest of the ride.

We had only just got on and I must admit, it was “THE” longest ride on a Ferris wheel in recorded history.
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Another Blue Moon

I think my efforts with my camera last night, while rather unsteady, actually turned out to be not so bad.

Blue Moon, 6:38 pm, March 31, 2018

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Mesmerizing Fascination

It’s no great secret that I love the Moon.  This blog is full of pictures I’ve taken (and stories I’ve told) about my fascination for that beautiful, big, natural satellite that dances around our planet in synchronous rotation.  

I find it quite bewildering that as the Moon orbits the Earth, and the Earth orbits the Sun, and each rotates upon its own axis, the end result is a ballet of grace and beauty that sees the same side of the Moon always facing towards the Earth.

For me, this is a mesmerizing fascination that compels me to ‘look up’ as often as possible.
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The Super Blue (No So Blood) Moon

It was rather sad last night to be in the prime position to view the total lunar eclipse and to have Mother Nature (once again) have other ideas.  As the time for the eclipse drew closer, so did the storm clouds, with the heavens opening up at the precise time the Moon would have entered the Earth’s shadow.

Luckily though, we had taken a drive down to the beach earlier to watch the Moon rising before those pesky clouds arrived.
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