Sunday, January 20, 2008

Get ready for January 22

January 22 is the full moon.
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Full Wolf Moon - January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
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Janus is usually shown with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backwards as through a gateway. His name was given to the month of January, which is also the first full month of winter, and often the coldest winter month in many parts of the country.
Our forecast for the rest of the month: 20th-23rd Heavy snow (6 inches or more) for New England, with lighter amounts farther south. 24th-27th more snow and flurries. 28th-31st Sharp cold front delivers snow and rain showers, followed by clearing and cold.

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MOON & MARS: When the sun sets tonight, go outside and look east. The Moon and Mars are having a beautiful close encounter all weekend long. The best night to look is Saturday when the distance between the pair shrinks to less than 2 degrees.

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Campfire-red Mars so close to the silvery Moon is a sight wonderful to behold. Visit http://spaceweather.com for sky maps and photos.

Tomorrow pictures of the Koi Pond Ice is the name given to any one of the 15 known solid phases of water. WOW 15 you say!
Water is the only substance that exists in all three phases as gas, liquid, and solid under normal circumstances on Earth. Ummmmmmmmmmmm
Water in the solid-state forms a highly ordered hexagonal (six-sided) crystal lattice structure, because it is the most stable arrangement of the water molecules.
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The way ice forms in bodies of water (not from the bottom up, but from the top down) protects many organisms in the water from very cold and fast temperature fluctuations.
Wonder of water... This actually is very important for life on this planet as ice forms it insulates the water below allowing fish and other organisms to survive. ...
How Ice Forms on Ponds Under the influence of cold air eventually the water on the surface of a pond goes below 34 Fahrenheit when water is at its densest. Below 34 F the water or ice expands the colder it gets. This is because of the molecular structure of water. The further influence of cold air below 32 F causes the water at the surface to reach its freezing point of 32 F, but as the pond has shallow points and deep points the ice doesn't form equally until the entire surface reaches its freezing point
Ice is not often thought of as a MINERAL, but it is! Most mineralogists define minerals as having an homogenous chemical composition, with an organized structure and of a natural inorganic origin. Ice fits all these characteristics; it has a homogenous formula, H2O, it has an organized structure, with hexagonal symmetry, it is formed naturally as snow, etc. and it is formed inorganically.

2 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

We have what is called, "hard" water here and it means there are so many minerals in our water that to get soap to suds up you have to use a water softener, or catch rain water. I was also interested in the date and the full moon. I and my wife have a dental appointment tomorrow and I wonder how the full moon will work into that? It could be a painful experience or a blissfully peaceful experience.

DeeMom said...

Ya hard water, My Gram had a cistern…A tank used to store rainwater. I remember washing my hair in that water, wow no hair conditioner needed with it…

Dentist eh? Well it could be blissfully painless
On the other hand it could be Painfully Blissful… is there an oxymoron in there? Which is NOT a good thing. But when it is all over your will be Blissful ;)