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The Moon is smiling upon us tonight
Amidst political crisis and divergences among peoples in our nation, tonight (Monday December 1) the Mother Nature has somehow managed to give us a sign of cheerfulness as the crescent moon has currently formed into a U-shape accompanied with two bright stars on top, appearing as a big smiley face in the sky looking upon our nation.
This is a natural phenomenon that marks the first day of December, a propitious month that the entire nation will jointly celebrate and pay homage to His Majesty an individual Bhumibol Adulyadejâ€™s 81st Birthday on December 5th, 2008.
Tonight, letâ€™s all gather and share this moment of joy together, while looking forward to great things that are approaching on the auspicious day and onwards.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24 ... 21,00.htmlVenus, Jupiter and crescent moon create smiley face above Australia
By staff writers
December 01, 2008 09:00pm
Phenomenon ... the smiley celestial face has been captured by readers. Picture: Scott Chaney Gallery Readers'
THE smiley face created by Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon has been captured on camera by news.com.au readers.
The best time to see the phenomenon was about 20 to 30 minutes after sunset.
Send your photos of the smiling sky, and your location, to email@example.com
Venus and Jupiter have appeared side by side in the evening sky over the past week or so, but tonight was the best night to see the "face" appear, astronomers said.
Viewers in Western Australia had the best view, with the moon appearing closer to the "eyes".
While the planets and moon appeared to be close together, in reality they weren't. The crescent moon is 403,000km away while Venus is 149.5 million kilometres away and Jupiter 870 million kilometres.
Stargazers in Europe and Africa will miss out completely. By the time the sun sets for them the moon will appear between the planets, pushing the "mouth" between the "eyes" to create more of a Picasso-esque effect.
In the United States, the effect will be inverted and will appear as a frown.
David Widdowson, from astronomy calendar website Astrovisuals, said the heavens might be trying to send us a message to shrug off bad financial times and be happy.
"It is perhaps a reminder that things arenâ€™t so bad and that we should try to follow the Python Commandment to 'always look on the bright side of life'," he said.
And perhaps it should tell Americans being frowned upon to have a long, hard look at themselves...
It will be another five years before the astral phenomenon appears again.
http://www.pantip.com/cafe/jatujak/topi ... 74099.htmlfarang wrote:happy moon tonight
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