[ RadSafe ] OT --, sorry for delay
maurysis at peoplepc.com
Fri Oct 2 19:20:31 CDT 2009
HARVEST MOON: This weekend's full Moon has a special name--the Harvest
Moon. It's the full moon closest to the northern autumnal equinox (Sept.
22). In years past, farmers depended on the light of the Harvest Moon to
gather ripening crops late into the night. Now we appreciate it mainly
for its beauty. Go outside this weekend and enjoy the moonlight.
SOLAR MINIMUM RETURNS: Two sunspots, which appeared on the autumnal
equinox to break several months of extreme solar quiet, have faded away,
leaving the sun blank once again. The deepest solar minimum in nearly a
hundred years appears poised to continue. NASA spacecraft are now
reporting a surge in cosmic rays around Earth caused, somewhat
ironically, by this low solar activity. The full story may be found at
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