Friday, July 16, 2010

Moon and Planets

by Ulli:
Today and tomorrow you can see an interesting constellation in the sky:
After sunset, look West. You see a bright evening star, which is Venus. Further to your left you see the waxing (increasing) moon. Tonight you see halfway between the two the planet Mars, which has a slightly reddish tint. Again halfway between Mars and Moon you see planet Saturn (the one with the rings; possibly difficult to identify without telescope). Tomorrow the moon will have moved a bit further to the left. Mars is now approx. 1/3rd the distance on the line from Venus to Moon, and Saturn almost exactly on the midpoint from Venus to moon.

It was a semi-clear sky during the day, but now it has become cloudy again. We probably have no chance of seeing it. Enjoy.

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  1. Aloha to all the crew!
    Despite the unfavorable (cloudy, cool) weather, you all seem to be doing well! Thanks for good the cooks who support the crew (and to TJs, my long-time favorite store) for the daily highlights. And to anti-seasickness meds!
    I've been following your progress and will be awaiting your arrival for a celebration.
    Jill (Kathy's Palau friend).

  2. Dad,
    Any idea how many more days?
    I tried looking for Venus in the evening sky but was not able to locate it. Kas did show me some stars though with Google Earth feature on her cellphone which was quite cool.
    Looking forward to hearing about more adventures.
    many hugs and wishes for fair winds and good weather,

  3. Aloha,
    you are fast approaching your final destination and it seems you are all doing well.
    The Klabautermann stories prompted me to check this fellow out a bit and I found him described as a water sprite (nix) who assists sailors and fishermen on the Baltic Sea. Wikipedia says: "He is a merry and diligent creature, with an expert understanding of most watercraft, and an unsupressable musical talent". It's too bad that more recently he is s.t. described as having more sinister attributes and is blamed for things that go wrong with the ship.
    Too bad, I prefer the merry, musical and helpful guy and hope that he will be with you on the last leg of your race.
    All the best,

  4. It is appropriate that these celestial observations and musings come to those who sail, especially as you approach your destination. Toward the end of the Odyssey as Odysseus approach Ithaca, Homer wrote:

    The sun has been obliterated from the sky
    and an unlucky darkness invades the world
    Homer, the Odyssey

    ...and of such timber and such fame are the men and women who sail Cirrus, we see. Indeed! Sail on!