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Tanypteryx
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Message 1 of 10 (912016)
08-09-2023 11:22 AM


I'm on a road trip with my 17 year old granddaughter to Mt. St. Helens. We're having a blast! The only disappointment is that a major landslide has blocked the road so we can't get up to the main Science and visitor Center or the Johnson Ridge Observatory, but 3 lower visitor centers are open and there are numerous viewpoints. Tonight we are going to do some planet gazing with my Questar Telescope and also do some Milky Way time exposures.
Much of the devastation from the May 18, 1980 is no longer visible below the mountain itself due to reforestation. The new forest is obviously not natural because the trees are all the same height and much closer together than you see in natural old growth forests. The mountain itself still has the uniform ash gray color.
One of the most interesting (to me) things we learned was that the May 18 blast was silent to people in the immediate vicinity because the sound wave traveled upward rather than laterally and bounced off the stratosphere so people hundreds of miles away could hear it. I was out collecting dragonfly nymphs the morning of May 18 and heard the blast, like distant thunder, but of course I didn't know what it was until I got home and saw what my wife was watching on TV!
My granddaughter's road trip playlist is remarkably similar to my own music tastes with a heavy sprinkling in music from bands I don't remember hearing before, but that I will be listening to in the future. Mt. St. Helens was also her idea of where to go and it was a good one, since I hadn't visited here since 1994.

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Message 2 of 10 (912018)
08-09-2023 3:24 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
08-09-2023 11:22 AM


Road Trip
Tanypteryx in part writes:
Tonight we are going to do some planet gazing with my Questar Telescope and also do some Milky Way time exposures.
As long as you're out there, could you do a favor for me? A friend of mine just died and his birth light from Zubenelgenubi arrives on earth tonight after travelling through space for 77.198 years.
Azimuth 231 degrees, Elevation 14+ degrees at 9pm and sinking at about 9 degrees an hour. (an Azimuth of 270 is due West.)
Zubenelgenubi has a visual Magnitude of 2.75.

"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."
Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

- xongsmith, 5.7dawkins scale


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Tanypteryx
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Message 3 of 10 (912019)
08-09-2023 5:16 PM
Reply to: Message 2 by xongsmith
08-09-2023 3:24 PM


Re: Road Trip
I got it!

Stop Tzar Vladimir the Condemned!
What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python
One important characteristic of a theory is that it has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie
If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --Percy
The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq

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xongsmith
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Message 4 of 10 (912023)
08-10-2023 2:04 AM
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08-09-2023 5:16 PM


Re: Road Trip
thanks!

"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."
Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

- xongsmith, 5.7dawkins scale


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AZPaul3
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Message 5 of 10 (912025)
08-10-2023 4:41 AM
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08-09-2023 3:24 PM


Re: Road Trip
A friend of mine just died and his birth light from Zubenelgenubi arrives on earth tonight after travelling through space for 77.198 years.
What a wonderful concept. Never heard of such a thing.
Most beautiful.

Stop Tzar Vladimir the Condemned!

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kjsimons
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Message 6 of 10 (912026)
08-10-2023 8:16 AM


Birthday Star site
For those interested this site lets you search for birthday stars.

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Message 7 of 10 (912042)
08-10-2023 3:05 PM
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08-10-2023 8:16 AM


Re: Birthday Star site
strange site. seems to disagree with mine. doesn't provide as much info.

"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."
Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

- xongsmith, 5.7dawkins scale


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kjsimons
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Message 8 of 10 (912043)
08-10-2023 3:09 PM
Reply to: Message 7 by xongsmith
08-10-2023 3:05 PM


Re: Birthday Star site
It was just one of the first ones I found. What site did you use?

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xongsmith
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Message 9 of 10 (912045)
08-10-2023 3:17 PM


birthlight.zip at drop bov
Dropbox - birthlight.zip - Simplify your life

"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."
Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

- xongsmith, 5.7dawkins scale


  
xongsmith
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Message 10 of 10 (912046)
08-10-2023 3:21 PM
Reply to: Message 8 by kjsimons
08-10-2023 3:09 PM


Re: Birthday Star site
kjsimmons asks:
It was just one of the first ones I found. What site did you use?
my own, Dropbox - birthlight.zip - Simplify your life

"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."
Death to #TzarVladimirtheCondemned!
Enjoy every sandwich!

- xongsmith, 5.7dawkins scale


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