Friday, June 01, 2007

in a blue moon .....

the hood is in!

first thing this morning, under the blue moon, they took out the southwest window & swung it in. five feet by twelve, it wouldn't fit up the stairs. now it gets installed & a hole is cut through the roof & we're a lot closer to being there. as soon as tom helps me with the pictures i'll show you.

speaking of the blue moon, i don't know if you were out last night late but there it was, hanging fat in the sky, with jupiter just above & to the left.

if you get the chance, get hold of a decent telescope & take a look at jupiter -- the best viewing is coming up from now to june 9. jupiter's cool because you can clearly see its moons, all 4 or 5 of them, strung out in a spiral around the planet. watch for a while & you'll be able to follow the motion of whichever one it is that's got the closest orbit, going around. back in the 17th or 18th century some guy developed a system for telling accurate time -- and therefore, longitude -- by charting all of the various positions of the moons for an entire year. i'm not sure how easy it would have been to have tracked those moons from the top of a mast on a ship at sea, but it's for sure it wouldn't do you much good in cloudy weather.


Blogger Ray said...

Matt, sounds like you are making progress.

Desperate to have you reopen.

Following along on the blog.

7:05 AM  

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