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Full Wolf Moon–January 5th 2015   21 comments

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The Wolf Moon rising at 17:15 – 5th January 2015, for the one and only time this New year, is the first full moon following the winter solstice. In a little touch of moon wolf magic the 2015 Wolf Moon also coincides with the arrival of Earth at the closest point to the sun that it is possible for it to reach in its orbit (perihelion).

Earth stands just 91.4 million miles from the sun, at this point and consequently the full moon burns brighter than even the Europan Ice Wolves on their frozen world of ice…

The Wolf Moon has also come to mark the start of a long year of stargazing.

January is the only month of the year when Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can be viewed without a telescope. And if you look very carefully in the magic of the moonlight and maybe wish upon a star you may see the flash of the moon wolves of icy Europa…moon of Jupiter….if you’re really quiet you may here the call of the wolf-song across the star-ways of time and space…the moon-song of the star-born of Europa….

Happy New Year 2015 from the Ice-wolves of Europa!

Ultimate Wolfie Herr Selfies!   46 comments

Hazardous Days Of

Wolfie Herr Selfie Creations! Smile

“Freaked-out, Shock-Horror Wolfie Herr Selfie,” Life can be very Herr-y (Hairy) at times…The taking of a top-quality, prize winning  Wolfie Herr Selfie can be a truly herr-raising and frankly quite terrifying experience…. It frequently leads to the likes of the “Freaked-out, Shock-Horror Wolfie Herr Selfie,” is entirely the fault of the camera, and is totally impossible to correct with even the most sophisticated photo-editing software available Smile

“Underexposed, Green-eyed monster Wolfie Herr Selfie”On many inexplicable occasions there is no accounting for the behaviour of the camera’s wide variety of Exposure modes. The “Underexposed, Green-eyed monster Wolfie Herr Selfie” has become an increasingly common problem, particularly for DSLR camera owners. That said, if you’re smart enough to get to grips with one of these mind-blowingiy complex contraptions then you really ought to be smart enough to know better than to attempt a Wolfie Herr Selfie in the first place Winking smile

 “Herr Dryer-Distortion Extrordinaire Wolfie Herr Selfie,”It’s also very well advised to switch off the hair dryer during the Wolfie Herr Selfie taking session…Drying your hair with one hand whilst taking a Wolfie Herr Selfie just doesn’t work… All too often it leads to the “Herr Dryer-Distortion Extraordinaire Wolfie Herr Selfie,” and nobody really wants to be sporting the “Dragged through a hedge backwards” (UK saying for the benefit of the US and European viewers) look Smile

“Herr Wolfie Through the Looking Glass Wolfie Herr Selfie.” When attempting to take a semi-respectable Wolfie Herr Selfie it is generally best not to try taking it through a Europan Ice berg….it really isn’t a good look…and neither is the resulting “Tufty-eared, Sphereised Wolfie Herr Selfie…” just because you have a fancy camera sporting a massive, over-sized zoom lens doesn’t mean you have to let the camera create a “Herr Wolfie Through the Looking Glass Wolfie Herr Selfie.” Open-mouthed smile (Remember it’s always the fault of the camera when things go wrong; which of course they do – frequently… !)

“3-D Squashed-In Nose Wolfie Herr Selfie”How wrong a Wolfie Herr Selfie can go is, to a point, a matter of dubious personal opinion. For example some Selfie-takers may, questionably, be seriously impressed by their camera’s previously unknown ability to take Wolfie Herr Selfies in 3-D… The “3-D Squashed-In Nose Wolfie Herr Selfie” certainly has some unique qualities all of its own. Naturally this is on the equally questionable assumption that you haven’t in fact created a 3-D printed Icewolf on the quiet, on your very own, very secret 3-D Wolfie Printing machine….

“Solarised, Black Wolf of Mars Wolfie Herr Selfie”Even then things can still go a little “pear-shaped” (“horribly wrong” for those of European and US leanings 😉 ) Of course if you like the “Solarised, Black Wolf of Mars Wolfie Herr Selfie” look then you may well be thrilled and highly impressed by the above Wolfie Herr Selfie… otherwise you may find yourself glaring furiously into the camera lens wondering disconcertedly how, exactly, the Selfie Camera or possibly your 3-D Wolfie Printer, yet again took matters into its own settings, hands, paws… whatever!!!

“Snowy Sumi Super Wolfie Herr Selfie”Ultimately it’s probably best advised to give up on technology altogether when it comes to creating an effective Wolfie Herr Selfie…For those gifted characters blessed with the ability to exercise artistic creativity with paints and brushes a very pretty “Snowy Sumi Super Wolfie Herr Selfie” is an excellent look to aim for… and will show-case your enviable talents perfectly Smile

 “Ripply Icy Wolfie Herr Selfie” But for those who aspire only to the highly technical Wolfie Herr Selfie Camera or the 3-D Wolfie Printer, both of which, as everybody knows, have infuriating minds of their own and do whatsoever they please to a Wolfie Herr Selfie, exactly when they please, there is only one option left open when all else fails…Pot luck!!

Very, very occasionally, usually at the time of Full Moon when the skies are clear and a certain Full Moon madness is reigning, a lovely, “Ripply Icy Wolfie Herr Selfie” can occur, embracing the soft blending of moonlight over snow on the Ice-world of Europa, where the voice of the alien Icewolves howls the haunting song of the stars, echoing timelessly across the planetscape of their frozen world of Ice. Smile

AstroPawTography – Breaking Dawn!   62 comments

 

Breaking Dawn! Full Moon Rising!

Breaking Dawn! Catching even a hint of a glimpse of a Moon…any moon!…had fast become a distant memory … a legendary event howled about across the inter-space wolf-ways – “galactic gateways” between worlds… interstellar highways travelled by the star wolves, the callers of the moon song. Full Moon Hunt magic was all but lost, shrouded in the shadows of dark and threatening skies… overcast by angry clouds and the mysteries of the void.

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Mystery of the Moon Wolves

So! It was nothing short of a miracle when, on the purchasing of a shiny new camera with a little more “kick” than the dinky digi-cam’ Smile … Wolfie padded out of the den at silly hour of the morning and greeted by this miraculous sight! >>> At the break of day… The Moon was dawning! It was the day before Full Moon…Wolfie was very late for work that morning!! 

Early Morning Full Moon_6 April 2013

 

 

Europa's Moon-Ice Wolves

 

The view at late night silly hour the same day… such sightings are becoming a rarity of late so best to get as up close and personal with Earth’s one and only satellite (moon) as possible! Around the time of Full Moon is not a good time to try your paw at astropawtography because of the excessive light entering the camera lens at this time…but I wasn’t displeased with these results… And once you’ve got the results it’s always good to find ways to utilise them! Smile

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Moon Wolf Dreams_© Europa's Icewolf 2013

 

Moon Wolf_ © Europa's Icewolf 2013

2010 Full Wolf Moon and Mars   22 comments

 

  

2010 FULL WOLF MOON AND MARS IN “OPPOSITION”

Tonight’s January Full “Wolf” Moon is the second Full Moon this month and the biggest and brightest of 2010. It is 14% wider and 30% brighter than Full Moons at any other time this year. For some it will seem close enough to reach out and touch. 

We see this month’s Full Moon as being so big, because the Moon does not orbit the Earth in a circle, but an ellipse. One side is 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other.  When this side is approaching close to Earth it is known as “Perigee” and this applies to tonight’s Full Wolf Moon.

The Full Wolf moon will not be alone, sharing instead its star-world with the brilliant red planet Mars which will appear in the skies of Earth as a bright star-like object.  Through a small telescope Mars shows a bright white Northern polar cap and several subtle dark markings.

Mars has returned to prominence for 1st time in 2 years. It is at it’s brightest on 29 January when it is in opposition to the Sun, when it will lie 62 million miles (100 million km) from Earth and 153 million miles (247 million km) from the Sun.

At this time Mars is outshone only by Sirius “The Dog Star” (to its R) and Jupiter (motherworld of Icewolf homeworld – Europa) which sets in the West not long after Mars, which rises at sunset.

 

This is because we see the Moon as “full” when it is most directly opposite our Sun. (Opposition) At this time of January 2010 Full Wolf Moon, both the Full Moon and Mars are in opposition with Earth’s Sun, so the two worlds will slip silently through the night sky in unusually close proximity.  Mars lies just to the left of the Moon.

 

THIS IS A VERY UNCOMMON ASTRONOMICAL EVENT! NOT TO BE MISSED!

 CHECK IT OUT!

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Posted January 30, 2010 by europasicewolf in Astronomy, Wolves (Canis Lupus)

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Babel Fish Full Moon   23 comments

  

  

  

  The Babel Fish Full Moon…

                    (The tail end of “Fish Tails”!)

  

   

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”

Language is often a barrier to so much. The Babel Fish is a fictional species of fish in the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. A small, yellow, leech-like fish it functions best as a biological universal translator at the time of The Babel Fish Full Moon. At this time it is particularly zealous about translating from one spoken language to another simultaneously.

 

 

When it is inserted into the ear of its hopefully willing host, it then converts sound waves into brain waves, via its nutrition processes. As a convenient consequence the Babel Fish has created an end to the language barrier between any and every species in galactic space. An important point for an interstellar hitch hiker.

 

 

“You’ll need to have this fish in your ear.”

 

 “I beg your pardon?” asked Arthur.

 Ford (Prefect) was holding up a small glass jar which quite clearly had a small yellow fish wriggling around in it…He gasped in terror at what sounded like a man trying to gargle while fighting off a pack of wolves.”

 Arthur Dent, a surviving Earthling, commented only ‘Eurgh!’ when first inserting the fish into his ear canal. It did, however, enable him to understand Vogon Poetry – not, necessarily, a good thing.”

 

From The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Published by Harmony Books in 1979

 

 

The name Babel fish’s connects to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, in which events resulted in God introducing different languages into the world.

 

 

The Babel fish has proved very inspirational providing the title for AltaVista’s online text translation service. And also for another non-affiliated translation service Babel Fish Corporation.

 

 

And one other thing….

 

 

 

 

The HHGTG Official DVD WebSite

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Mining the Moon   34 comments

  
Free Energy! But At What Cost? 

  

 

Forty years after man first walked on the Moon the people of Earth are now considering their options for making a new and potentially devastating use for our nearest neighbour “The Moon” running the risk of destroying one world in the name of saving another.

Just three space shuttles full of lunar soil heated to create Helium-3, could power the whole planet for years…BUT AT WHAT COST?  The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 says no-one owns the Moon.  It is free for both exploration and for use.  As such this leaves plenty of opportunity for the world’s super-powers to exercise their plans for mining the Moon.

 

Mankind the Destroyer of Worlds

 

Helium-3 is a potent, safe fuel which could be used to power nuclear power fusion reactors to produce clean electric.  It is created by heating vast quantities of lunar soil (regolith).  One ton of Helium-3 currently valued at $5billion (£3.27billion) and could power New York for one year.  Three fully loaded space shuttles could meet the entire planet’s annual energy needs.

China leads the way followed by India and Russia, and US plans to build a Moon Base by 2021.  Private investors are also funding missions.  Gerald Kulcinski, director of Fusion Technological Institution at the University of Wisconsin, is convinced it’s the future.  “Very small environmental impact on the Moon is far outweighed by the impact of green-house gases and having proliferation-free power sources that could last 1000 years.”

Mining the Moon

BUT!

It takes one million tons of regolith to produce one ton of Helium-3.  Large scale mining will scar the lunar landscape.  Fundamentally changing the Moon’s atmosphere and destroying its surface.

  

The Moon also has other areas of important scientific value – it will be from here that future missions into deeper space, will launch, and there are also those who seek to use the ‘radio quiet’ zone on the Moon’s far side to build long-range radio telescopes…. it is not inconceivable they may find signs of Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.

BUT!

If we start mining one world where will it end? 

  

  We should use the Moon but not exploit it.  The Moon is only a three day trip away, likely one day we’ll call it home…..

 

 

Remember! The Moon and the Earth are  intricately bound together. The Moon has much influence over the tides and seas of Earth.

Damage the Moon….and who knows what damage we may do to the homeworld and the future of the human race?….

 

Full Wolf Moon   6 comments

 

January Full Wolf Moon 2009

 
The Full Moon in January is called the Wolf Moon.  It is named after the cold and hungry wolf packs that in the bleak Native American midwinter in the ice and deep snows would regularly howl hungrily outside the Indian villages.
 
It is also sometimes referred to as the “Old Moon”, or the “Moon After Yule.”