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Friday, May 3, 2024

Friday, May 3, 2024
I don't know. I just searched the stock image gallery for "mammoth". Photo by Jeremy Bishop / Unsplash

Well, well, well. Look who's come crawling back. It's me! Crawling back to you, with some a fresh Wolmania.

Photo by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin
Viewers of last week’s solar eclipse were treated to stunning celestial phenomena up and down the event’s path during totality. But those who watched it from Montreal saw a pair of additional surprises in the half-hour before and after the eclipse, when the moon obstructed the sun on April 8.
The first was an unusually sharp shadow caused by a passing airplane just after the total eclipse concluded. The second came in the form of a spectacular halo around the partially eclipsed sun.

Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin explains in The New York Times that before and after a total eclipse, when the sun is mostly obscured by the moon, shadows are much sharper than usual, so the jet contrails' penumbra is less diffuse than usual.

Stuart-Ulin also explains what's going on with the sun's halo, which you can see in the bottom half of the photo, but I will let you click through for that part.

Item 2: a list

Manet or Monet? Ranked.

  1. Monet
  2. Manet

Item 3: a media recommendation

Item 4: word of the week


Don't think of it as a betrayal of everything I claimed I stand for. Think of it as a codicil to my stated belief system.

Item 5: a photograph

A red-breasted nuthatch forages among the pine cones of a Douglas fir at Salmon Point on Vancouver Island, Canada. James MacKenzie / 2022 Audubon Photography Awards

See ya!

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