Rainbow Breathing Whales

This is another “bit” I got off of the Space Weather site.

“….. “Rainbow breathing whale” sounds like a mythical creature. On June 18th, Mila Zinkova of San Francisco saw one … for real. “Humpback whales are back in San Francisco Bay, and they are breathing out rainbows.”

Rainbow breathing whales

Rainbow breathing whales

“This is not mythology. It’s physics. When Zinkova took the picture, the sun was behind her back shining down into the droplet-filled exhaust of the whale’s spout. Sunbeams reflecting from the water droplets produced a prismatic spray of color just like an ordinary rainbow.

Of course it didn’t look ordinary. “The full video,” says Zinkova, “may be found here. At 2:10 into the video there are anchovies jumping out of the water trying to escape a feeding whale.”

Father’s Day Car Show in Fort Bragg 2017

Tomorrow over 100 cars will be strutting their stuff tomorrow in the annual Fort Bragg Father’s Day car show. One of the club members (Earl Craighill) is getting up at some unearthly hour to assist with the show.

I do not have an automobile to enter. If I had one of these beauties I would be there on parade.

Crescent Supermoon vs Full Mini-moon

The moon fascinates me – it always has. I think my fascination comes from watching the moon when I was a kid in hospital. It’s only recently that I have begun to understand just how it is the same old moon and look so different. This piece from Space Weather is my latest piece of erudition:

The Moon’s orbit is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. This has an effect on the apparent size of the Moon. The lunar disk grows larger when the Moon is nearby and smaller when far away. In the past two weeks we have witnessed two extremes–a crescent supermoon followed by a full ‘mini-Moon.’ Peter Lowenstein of Mutare, Zimbabwe, photographed them both:

Supermoon and Mini-moon

Supermoon and Mini-moon

The size difference was so great, the crescent Moon of May 27th could hold the full Moon of June 9th with room to spare!” says Lowenstein. “I took these photographs from the same location in Mutare using the same optical zoom setting (x60) on the same Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ-60 camera within two hours of moonset.”

Some people say that mini-Moons and supermoons all appear to be the same size.  After all, there are no rulers floating in the sky to measure lunar diameters, and without reference points to provide a sense of scale, one Moon can indeed look much like any other. However, Lowenstein’s photo shows there is a real difference.”

Strawberry Moon Tonight

This is from Space Weather:

According to folklore, tonight’s full Moon is the Strawberry Moon, named after plants that bear their delicious red fruit during the month of June. But if this is really the Strawberry Moon, why does it look so …orange? John Stetson photographed the carrot coloured orb setting over Sebago Lake, Maine, on June 8th.”

Strawbwrry Moon

Strawberry Moon

The orange color is imprinted by the atmosphere. When the Moon is hanging low, airborne dust and other particles scatter blue from moonlight, leaving only red and orange hues.

Something else happens when the Moon is hanging low: The Moon Illusion magnifies its apparent size. It looks huge.Look for the Strawberry Moon rising in the east at sunset.  It’s a huge delight.”

What a stunning commercial from the BBC

I don’t think that in the 750 plus Hobo Laments blogs that I have written I have ever “featured” a TV commercial. I have received three different links to this 2011 commercial from wildly different sources each with a different “intro”. This is the intro I like best ‘cos I REALLY agree with it.

Every night and day we sit and moan about the rubbish being ticked off as commercials that we are forced to watch by our commercial networks. If only we could make commercials like this one there would be no complaints forthcoming. This really is magic. Enjoy.”

 The heads up came from wife Sarah’s charming friend Sandi Smith.
I’ve watched it nine times.

 

By the light of the silvery moon

Did you see the new moon last night. I just stood and gazed it was so beautiful.

This I got this from Space Weather:

If you thought last night’s crescent Moon was super-beautiful, you were right. It was a crescent supermoon. Peter Lowenstein photographed the slender arc from Mutare, Zimbabwe:

The moon - Just a tiny crescent

Just a tiny crescent

The evening sky was perfectly clear and allowed a good view of the very young crescent supermoon,” says Lowenstein. “At first the thin crescent was difficult to locate above the sunset glare (first picture) but as the orange light faded and the sky turned turned lilac and then blue it became clearly visible to the north of Christmas Pass.:

The supermoon

The supermoon

What made the crescent “super”?  “Supermoons” are full Moons that are extra big and bright because they occur on the perigee side of the Moon’s elliptical orbit. Last night’s sky show was the same phenomenon, writ slender. The crescent Moon of April 27th occurred at perigee, making it as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than other crescent Moons of the year.”

Now, if you are like me and don’t know your perigee from your apogee I offer the following diagram.

Perigee and apogee diagram

Perigee and apogee diagram

Got it?  “A”, apogee, away. I got it!

And if you want to sing by the light of ……..