Today Bob Dylan celebrates his 75th birthday. Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He moved to New York in the early sixties and joined the folk-singer scene around Greenwich Village. He released his first album Bob Dylan in March 1962. Over the next five decades Dylan would release 37 studio albums, his last just four days ago, Fallen Angels. Enjoy a Youtube video below of Bob Dylan and The Band performing Forever Young on November 25, 1976.
Every now and again four full moons will appear in a single season. Normally, three full moons appear in each three-month season- Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring- and that equals 12 full moons in a year. In spring 2016, there are four full moons, occurring on March 23, April 22, May 21 and June 20. Ancient calendar keepers called the third full moon of four in a season a "belewe" moon, an Old English term that meant betrayer. And thus "belewe" evolved linguistically to became the "blue" which we use today. To read more about that, click here. Below is a gallery of photos of the "blue moon" over the Blue Moon drive-in movie theater located in Gu-Win, Alabama. Enjoy.
For the past couple days I've been preparing for the Transit of Mercury that took place over seven hours today. However, a thick layer of clouds blanketed Northwest Alabama most of the day as the transit took place. A transit is the passage of a planet across the face of the sun. From our vantage point here on Earth, the third planet from the Sun, we can only see the transits of the first two planets, Mercury and Venus. Transits are rare events occurring only a few times a century (Venus) or a few times a decade (Mercury). As a note of interest Venus has transited the sun only eight times since the invention of the telescope in 1608. Venus last transited the sun on June 5, 2012. You can read about that by clicking here. The next Transit of Venus will take place on December 11, 2117.
Transits of Mercury are somewhat less rare due to the planet's proximity to the sun (36 million miles) and shorter orbital period (88 days). Mercury will transit the sun 11 times in the next 80 years. The next Mercury transit will take place on November 11, 2019. Perhaps the weather will be a little better for photography.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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