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Get Ready for Monday Night’s Heshvan 15 Supermoon

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

The moon is always at its fullest on the 15th of the Lunar Jewish month, a.k.a. the syzygy — the lining up of celestial bodies, particularly the sun, Earth and moon. But this time, on the 15th of Heshvan, a.k.a. Monday night, November 14, we’re going to have a Supermoon, which occurs when the 15th of the Jewish month falls on the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

The Moon’s distance varies each month between approximately 222,000 and 252,000 miles, due to its elliptical orbit around the Earth. A full moon at perigee (nearest to the earth) is visually larger up to 30% in area and shines 30% more light than at apogee (its farthest point).

When the syzygy and the perigee coincide, you get a super moon. Astrologer Richard Noelle claims he coined the term in 1979, in an article for Horoscope magazine which described “a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

Monday’s Supermoon will be the closest Supermoon since January 26, 1948. It will become full about two hours before perigee, when the moon will be roughly 221,525 miles from Earth. Now, that’s up close!

There’s a dark aspect to this story: the media are speculating that natural disasters, such as the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, have been causally linked with the week period surrounding a super moon. Of course, no hard evidence exists to support the notion of a correlation between super moons and major earthquakes. So it’s safe to go outside and take a look.


Ban Ki Moon Has No Solidarity with Israel

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, FirstOne Through}

All countries around the world are confronting terrorism.

The United Nations condemns this violence everywhere, and it can find solidarity with every country in the world as it fights the heinous acts –except for Israel.

When terrorism claimed the lives of people in the airport in Turkey on June 28, 2016, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said he stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

When suicide bombings hit Lebanon on June 27, the Secretary General said the “United Nations stands firmly by Lebanon as it confronts the threat of terrorism and other security challenges.”

When bombings killed people in Jordan on June 21, a spokesperson for the UNSG said Ban Ki Moon “reiterates his solidarity with the Government and people of Jordan.

When terrorism claimed the lives of Americans in a nightclub, on June 12 Ban Ki Moon expresses his solidarity with the Government and people of the United States.”

After terrorists struck Belgium in March 2016, the Secretary General notedhis solidarity with the people and Government of Belgium.

After Boko Haram killed dozens in Chad in December 2015, the spokesperson for the UNSG said that Ban Ki Moon “reaffirms his solidarity with the people of Chad and reiterates the United Nations’ support for the Government in its fight against terrorism.”

After terrorists attacked Nigeria on November 15, 2015, the UNSG stated clearly that he “reiterates the UN’s support to the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism.”

When terrorist attacked France on November 13, 2015, Ban Ki Moon saidHe stands with the Government and people of France.”

But not in Israel

But when terrorists killed Israelis on June 8, the Secretary General could not offer his solidarity. Instead, he stated how surprising it was that Palestinian Arabs could commit such an act. The Secretary-General is shocked that the leaders of Hamas have chosen to welcome this attack and some have chosen to celebrate it.”

The fact that these attacks had been going on for over a year seemingly never registered for Ban Ki Moon. He must have opted to never read the Hamas Charter which calls for killing Jews. The Fatah Constitution, which repeatedly calls for obliterating the “Zionist invasion” still manages to surprise him.

But even an ignoramus should be able to muster the decency to stand together with a country under attack.  Regrettably, not an anti-Semitic ignoramus.

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Israeli Startup Launching World’s First Privately-Funded Moon Landing

Friday, October 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) When Howard Stern blasted Roger Waters for his evangelical BDS tactics, including the former Pink Floyd’s condemnation of the band Bon Jovi for having a concert in Tel Aviv (not even part of the “occupied” territories), Stern said, referring to a title of a Pink Floyd album, “Where does Roger Waters want the Jews to go? To the dark side of the moon?”

A team of Israelis may be doing just that, although on just a short trip, and to the lit side of the moon, not the dark parts. In fact, they will not only represent the first Israeli lunar mission, but may be the first team in the world to launch a private moon landing. SpaceIL, a startup developed by three Israeli engineers in 2010 is about to successfully meet the challenge of Google’s Lunar X Prize competition, and will use the prize money to encourage young people to become more involved with science. Google’s competition will give $20 million to the first non-government affiliated team to accomplish a soft landing of an unmanned spacecraft on the moon, travel 500 meters on, above or below the surface of the moon, and send high definition images back to Earth.

SpaceIL is headed by Eran Privman and his co-founders, Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub. They are using nano and micro technologies to develop a relatively small, inexpensive spacecraft the size of a dishwasher. It employs the “hop” rather than the “rover” concept for traveling, to save mass. The spacecraft will land on the moon and take off again with the remaining fuel for a second landing to cover the required 500 meters.

Kfir Damari was a graduate of Israel’s elite 8200 intelligence army unit. His interest in science began early, when he was programming computers by the age of six, while his friends were toying around with transformers. He became a lecturer in computer science before collaborating on the SpaceIL project. Damari told the Forward that, following a presentation of the spacecraft, a child asked for his autograph. “The fact that I can stand on stage and say ‘I’m Kfir and I’m an engineer’ and get asked for my autograph is exactly the kind of excitement I’m looking to create.” Eran Privman served in the Israeli Air Force and holds a Ph.D in computer science with a specialty in Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute. Prior to heading SpaceIL, Privman held several executive positions at Amdocs, a market leader in customer experience software solutions. Yonatan Winetraub gained space experience at NASA’s International Space University and worked with satellite systems. Yariv Bash, another SpaceIL founder, is an electronics and computer engineer and has developed advanced GPS based products. One of the people working on the project is just 15 years old, Amit Levin, working on determining the best place to land the craft. He was recruited after a scientist from SpaceIL showed students photographs of the moon’s surface. “He was like a messiah to me,” Amit said, and added, “In school, you work for an exercise book, and a teacher has the answers, or the answers are in the back of a book, and you aren’t supposed to look. This is the first time I’ve had a challenge and no one has the answer. It is so exciting.”

SpaceIL’s objective isn’t just to make it to the moon or to win the contest, but also to create an “Apollo effect” in Israel and around the world, to stimulate interest in science, technology and mathematics. If awarded the prize money, SpaceIL plans to use it to expand space educational opportunities and to invest in the space industry which they hope will take off in Israel.


Blood Moon Over Tel Aviv

Monday, September 28th, 2015

View of a full lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon/blood moon in Tel Aviv, Israel, on September 28, 2015.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, following its orbit around Earth, passes directly behind our planet as seen from the sun.

Blood moon
Photo by: Edi Israel/Flash90

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One Small Step for (a) Man, One Big Step for Buzz Aldrin

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Buzz Aldrin (85), the second man on the moon, will again be following in Neil Armstrong’s footprints, when he visits Israel for the first time this coming October.

Aldrin will be coming for the International Astronautical Congress, in Jerusalem.

The IAC conference is held in a different country each year, and this time Israel gets the honor.

The conference will be held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center from October 12-16.

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Bringing Moshe to the Moon

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

In 1971, Apollo 15 Commander David Scott left a Christian Bible on the surface of the moon. Today, a group of Israeli scientists is trying to add a Sefer Torah to the lunar holy book collection.

According to a report in New Scientist, a group called “Torah on the Moon” has contacted groups in Israel and Spain to inquire about landing scroll on the lunar surface. The groups are competing for a $30 million prize, sponsored by Google, to be awarded to the first group to land a robot on the moon.

New Scientist cited confirmation from the European Space Agency that the group has asked the ESA to create a capsule to protect the Torah scroll. The report said the container would protect the Torah from radiation and temperature changes for at least 10,000 years.

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Adelson Donates $16.4 Million for Israeli Launch to the Moon

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Sheldon Adelson Family Foundation has contributed $16.4 million to the Israel Lunar Project to build the world smallest spacecraft that SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon.

The donation is nearly half of the project’s budget, estimated at $36 million.

SpaceIL is an Israeli non-profit founded at the end of 2010 by three young engineers with the dream of landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. They entered the Google Lunar X Prize (GLPX) competition, and SpaceIL now has a full-time staff of 20 people, more than 250 volunteers and a network of hundreds of renowned academics, business leaders, and industry experts.

SpaceIL hopes its technological breakthroughs spur a new wave of commercial space-related industries in Israel.

“Sheldon and I are very excited to be supporting SpaceIL in an effort to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon. As an Israeli-born physician and scientist, I am especially proud of the positive impact the pursuit of this goal will have on the next generation of young Israelis, and frankly all young people, as it serves an important example of the role science and technology continue to play in our everyday lives and across the world,” said Dr. Miriam Adelson.

Yanki Margalit, Chairman of SpaceIL Public Board, remarked that, “We will be able to significantly expand our impact and create the first blue and white moment of the 21st century.”

SpaceIL CEO Eran Privman added, “SpaceIL intends to expand its educational program and invest the needed resources in building the spacecraft. We only get one chance to succeed, so we intend to do all we can to increase our odds.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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