ON Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 A Super-Moon, a Blue Moon, and a Blood Moon on the same night, thanks to a total lunar eclipse.
SUPER-MOON “Super-Moon” is a new term. No one used it until a few years ago. A Super-Moon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth during its orbit, and theoretically larger than average.
BLUE MOON “Blue Moon” has become a popular term for the second Full Moon in a month. A Blue Moon is the popular name for a second full Moon in the same calendar month.
BLOOD MOON Okay, what about Blood Moon? Well, Actual blood is not copper-colored but let’s not be picky. Blood is more dramatic … A”Blood Moon” refers to the Moon’s hue on the night of a total lunar eclipse; it normally turns a coppery red. Put ‘em all together and that’s what you’ve got… Super-Moon!
BEST PLACES TO SEE VIEWING TIPS First, note that this event is perfectly safe to view with the naked eye, unlike a solar eclipse. Everyone in North American will witness the “Super-Moon” and “Blue Moon” aspects. The “Blood Moon” color, however, is tricky because the Moon will set before it’s totally eclipsed in the entire eastern half of Canada and the U.S.
West Coasters Live in the Pacific Time Zone? Those in Western states and Canadian provinces, Alaska, and the Hawaiian Islands will have the best view of the coppery, totally eclipsed Moon. Look low in the west just before dawn. Its lowness will greatly deepen its ruddy hue. On Pacific Standard Time, the lunar eclipse begin at 3:48 a.m. PST. Totality will start around 4:51 a.m. PST and last until 6:05 a.m. PST. If you set your alarm, you can see the entire lunar eclipse, from start to finish.
Further East Those further east will see a partial eclipse of the Full Moon—early morning before the Moon sets and morning twilight arrives.
If you live in the Eastern Time Zone, head outside about 6:45 a, EST. Look west-northwest and find an unobstructed view, ideally at a high point since the Moon is near the horizon at this time. At 6:48 a.m. EST, the darker part of Earth’s shadow will begin to blanket the moon and create the blood-red tint—and the Moon will set less than a half-hour later.
If you live in the Central Time Zone, head outside around 6:15 a.m. CST. The Moon will appear to be a blood-red color—and the view will remain until 7:00 a.m. CST, when the Sun rises.
In the Rocky Mountain region, the lunar eclipse will begin around 4:48 a.m. MST, as the darker part of Earth’s inner shadow blankets the Moon. Viewers in this area will see the eclipse peak around 6:30 a.m. MST until 7:00 a.m. MST, when the Moon will set.
DO YOU LOSE MOST OF YOUR HEAT FROM YOUR HEAD? No, you don’t. “Where your body loses heat is closely related to surface area, and the head has only about 9 percent of the body’s surface area”. Yet only 10% of your body heat is being lost through your head. That said: If you are all bundled up, you lose more body heat through the top of an uncovered head, so perhaps you could say “Mom was right” after all.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOUR FINGERS OR TOES ARE COLD? You should rub your fingers and toes when they get chilly, right? Nope. Wiggle them instead. If exposed skin (including that of your face and ears) becomes cold, cover it with a warm hand until it feels better. “Never accept numbness. It is a sign that tissue is already very cold and potentially about to freeze.” If there’s a chance you may have frostbite, don’t rub the frostbitten area, especially not with snow. Rubbing will cause tissue damage.
IS A CUP OF COFFEE OR A SIP OF BRANDY A GOOD WAY TO WARM UP? Nope. Caffeine and alcohol actually hinder the body’s ability to produce heat. They can also cause your core temperature to drop. Instead, drink warm water. Even better, down a beverage that contains sugar; that will give your body fuel to produce its own energy.
IF YOU GO OUT IN THE COLD, WILL YOU CATCH A COLD? Nope. You catch cold from a virus, not from cold temperatures. However, cold weather can weaken your immune system, making you an easier target! Here are some other ways to avoid getting colds.
DEHYDRATION IS NOT A DANGER WHEN YOU EXERCISE IN COLD WEATHER False. You can sweat when you exercise anytime, and in cold weather you also lose more water through your breath than you would at warmer temperatures. Dehydration is dangerous in the cold; it hinders the body’s ability to produce heat.
IF YOU’RE STRANDED AND THIRSTY, SHOULD YOU EAT SNOW? Bad idea. Eating snow or sucking on ice will lower your body temperature. It can also lead to internal injuries. If you have no water, try melting ice in a plastic bag between the layers of your clothing. Ice melts more quickly than the same volume of snow and yields more water.
IF I’M FEELING COLD, YOU MUST BE FEELING IT, TOO Nope. Age, gender, fitness level, acclimatization—these and other factors determine when you “feel” cold. It’s been proven, for example, that women generally feel cold before men do, possibly because they have less heat-generating ability but a relatively similar amount of heat-losing skin. In addition, women’s blood vessels contract sooner as a result of cold than men’s do, so women’s skin feels colder more quickly.
IS SHIVERING GOOD? WHY DO WE SHIVER? It may not feel good, but shivering means that your body is trying to warm up, and that’s good. Shivering happens involuntarily—it’s one of the ways (along with an increased metabolism and breathing rate) that your body automatically responds to heat loss that threatens to lower your core temperature. In fact, skeletal muscle contractions—shivering—can triple your body’s heat production.
DOES COLD ALWAYS FEEL THE SAME? Actually, it doesn’t. Ever noticed how ten degrees (or, any cool temperature) feels colder in the fall than it does in the spring? This is because our bodies are used to dealing with much colder temperatures and react more quickly, so we lose heat more slowly, and don’t “feel” as cold.
Kevin Corvese Back Road Growers, Glocester RI Source: Sandy Newton
GARDEN PLANTS WITH SEEDS BIRDS LOVE If you have any of the following plants still in the garden try not to prune them until spring. The birds fully appreciate having a smorgasbord of seeds to choose from. While bird feeders are always nice, wild birds like to forage for their own bird food. Plants with seed heads not only provide nourishment but also nesting material. Leave them until spring. Here are 12 plants the birds and other wild life will enjoy.
Winter-berry is the brightest draw in the garden at this time of year. It is a native American holly that is a favorite with migrating birds.
Lunaria shakes its papery silver dollars in the slightest breeze. They are a little fragile and will end up as tattered wrecks by the New Year.
Crabapples seem to last the longest on the trees until the robins finally swoop in and eat them in early spring.
Clematis seed-heads look like cheerleader pom-poms. Their long silky white fuzz must have inspired one of the plant’s common names - old man’s beard.
Chinese paper lanterns are still fairly bright but eventually the papery covering will lose color and be reduced to just a skeleton.
Belamcanda is called the blackberry lily for its fat blackberry-like seeds. The stalks are sturdy enough to stand most of the winter unless a heavy wet snowfall takes them down early.
Nigella, also called love-in-a-mist, has a round seedpod that looks like a blow-fish! An heirloom plant, its seeds were crushed and used to get rid of freckles.
Teasel is another antique plant. It was grown commercially to be used for “teasing” or raising the nap on woolen cloth. The prickly seedpods look lethal but birds are able to wrestle the seeds out from between the spikes.
Coneflowers have dropped their petals but the seed-laden central cones are still standing, much to the delight of the birds.... Everyone has these...
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ has wide flat flower heads that age in color from pink to burgundy to deep copper. They tend to be top-heavy especially when they have caught an inch or two of wet snow.
Agastache has the strongest architectural presence in the garden, still towering over me. Birds can perch on their bristly seed heads and chow down while keeping a bird’s eye view of the garden.
Asclepias tuberosa is a cousin to the common milkweed. It is only about 2 feet tall and forms smaller seedpods but they still break open when ripe to release their seeds to the wind.
Hopefully you have a few of these plants in the garden if not think about adding some to your garden next season.
Kevin Corvese Back Road Growers, Glocester RI Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac, Robin Sweetser's