24 hours, 30th anniversary, astronomical information, “Rock This Country”, Blackwood Quartet, Blue Moon, Chicago IL, circumpolar, Dave Matthews, Farm Aid, final tour, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, full moon, John Mellencamp, LiveNation.com, Lukas Nelson, Naval Observatory, Neil Young, Northerly Island, Old Crow Medicine Show, rare occasion, Scottrade Center, Shania Twain, South Pole, St. Louis MO, TicketMaster, tickets, Willie Nelson
The festival will be held Sept. 19 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, downtown Chicago.
Performing for Farm Aid will be all of it’s illustrious board members including President Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
Joining them will be Tim Reynolds, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, and Blackwood Quartet.
The first Farm Aid was organized by Nelson in 1985 during a farm crisis and today Nelson said “Thirty years later in Chicago we’ll bring together so many of the people —farmers, eaters, advocates, activists—who have made te progress of the Good Food movement possible. At Farm 30 we’ll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead.”
Once In A Blue Moon — really just a figure of speech!
The Earth, Sun and Moon relationships have fascinated mankind since he/she was first able to observe the heavens. A full moon occurs (as viewed from the Earth’s prospective) once in approximately 29 days. When the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, from our perspective, the full disc of the moon’s visible surface is fully illuminated. Given that most months have 30 or 31 days, it is mathematically expected that two full moons could occur in the same month. This happens about once every three years for most locations — not really so rare an occasion after all. The second full moon is popularly referred to as a Blue Moon, even though the Moon is rarely blue.
July 2015 experienced a full moon July 2, and will see one tonight, July 31. It is unlikely to be blue. Phenomenona such as local wild fires and volcanic eruptions have often affected the hue from a full moon, but that is not expected from most areas on Earth tonight.
What is somewhat more intriguing, is what the South Pole observers will observe potentially July 31. Remember it is winter in Antarctica and normal temperatures run around -75° F., and the Sun never rises — they experience 24 hours of darkness. Barring blizzard conditions or cloud cover, those intrepid residents of the South Pole would see a full moon for the entire 24 hours. The Moon would be circumpolar — meaning the Moon would not set for the entire day. The Moon’s altitude above the horizon would range from 12 to 14 degrees. At least there would be some light for those intrepid adventurers.
To see a neat site from The U.S. Naval Observatory, which has a wealth of astronomical information, click HERE.
Shania Twain brings “Rock This Country” tour to St. Louis Aug. 4
St. Louis Mo. — Shania Twain Brings her “Rock This Country” tour to Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, Tuesday, Aug. 4, starting at 7:30 p.m.
This her first North American tour in 11 years and, Shania, 49, says it will be her last.
Tickets are $43, $63, $83 and $133. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and other sources.