erimo (erimo) wrote in moonlovers,

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I live in Alaska at almost 65 degrees north latitude. In fact, Fairbanks is more famous for viewing the aurora borealis than the moon! My photography skills haven't been tested yet, but maybe I could get a picture of the moon and aurora together sometime. It is usually easier for me to see the aurora than the moon.

Lately I have been trying to understand time, which began as an inquiry into the idea of impermanence. The scales of time on which we think and plan, are they long or short? Measurement of time is a repetion of cycles, whether involving the Sun, Earth, or Moon. One complete lunar cycle is about 29 days, which is very nice since it is longer than a day, but shorter than a year. I want to learn more about the science behind the moon's relationship to the Earth. I also like to explore ideas in literature; maybe I'll look up moon in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. I'm glad to see so many beautiful photos of the moon here!

Seeing the bright full moon on a snowy winter night, a visible moon during a long summer day, or the crescent moon I saw early yesterday morning on my walk to work, has had a calming effect. I think an awareness of cycles that take longer than a day can encourage a view of life where people can more easily see beyond their daily concerns.
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Welcome! :) That sounds lovely, I've always wanted to go to Alaska and would love to see your pictures.

And I can't think of anything else to say cause it's late.. ::grins:: but welcome! :D

Here's to transcendence and enlightenment, who'd have thought we had it all along?

I just wanted to say that, not sure why. :) I'm recovering from a head cold.

Hope you're feeling better!
Seeing the Aurora Borealis is one of the goals within my life time.

Throught out the years, I had been using the moon as a reference for my life as well. How that is is not always perfect shaped, how sometimes things are "misplaced", and other times overcast by the clouds. One thing for certain tho, it will never be replaced, and all of those seemed forever lost will come back.

Thanks for joinning, and yes, please share photos.

be well, ;)
Thanks, I do feel better, I guess the key is taking a day off from work before I got too sick.

The best places to view the aurora are either away from the city or on nearby high hills that we call "domes". Local weather conditions are variable. Sometimes the night sky is clear and I can see the stars, and the moon, if it's out. But at other times, if the sky is overcast or if there is "ice fog" (when the air gets really cold, some people call this "diamond dust"), then all the city lights are reflected and the sky has an orange glow. I don't suppose many other cities get ice fog.

I really like the Old Farmer's Almanac website for moon info (thanks to the post by Curtis on 7/Aug/2003 for pointing this out). It looks like the next time I will see the moon is Monday, based on the local times given for moonrise and moonset.

The local libraries seem to have a rather poor selection of books about the moon. Any good books you can recommend? I was thinking of maybe getting Sun, Moon and Earth by Robin Heath, just to have something fun to flip through.