Today marks the new moon. A new moon phase begins as the historic November 2016 SuperMoon goes into the history books. Before the new phase begins with the crescent moon tomorrow it would be completely uncouth of me to wait any longer before posting my November moon pics. Below is a gallery of photos that I made of the moon during the month of November 2016. They range in phase from the crescent to just after the historic full SuperMoon on the 14th when the moon was just 221,524 miles from earth. I made the photos at various places in Alabama, as I did some traveling around. Enjoy!
Two hours after reaching fullness today, the moon reached perigee. Perigee is the point nearest to earth the moon travels during its 29-day elliptical orbit around our host planet. When the moon reaches perigee at full stage it appears brighter and fuller and it's called a Super Moon. But today's perigee was something different. It was a milestone you might say. Today at around 9:30 A.M., CST the moon was 221,524 miles from earth. That's the nearest point the moon has traveled to earth since January 26, 1948. The moon won't swing this close again until November 25, 2034.
History came alive this past weekend at an old French fort site just southwest of Wetumpka, Ala. History lovers and re-enactors converged on Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson National Historic Park for the annual Frontier Days celebration to reveal a time in Alabama’s distant past. In 1717, at the invitation of the Alibamu Indians, the French built a fort at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers as a check to British expansion into Southeastern North America. For 100 years, as international fortunes waxed and waned in the Southeast, the fort site became the property of occupying French, British, Spanish and American interests. In August 1815 General Andrew Jackson conducted the Treaty of Fort Jackson on the site. That treaty forced the Creek Indians to cede 20 million acres of their land to the United States. Enjoy a gallery of photos from Saturday’s activities below.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell made history last night. In the third inning of Game 6 with the bases loaded Russell drove a pitch over the center field wall at Progessive Field in Cleveland to give the Cubs a 7-0 lead over the Indians. The Cubs won the game 9-3.
Russell, 22, became the first Cub ever to hit a grand slam in a World Series and the second youngest player to accomplish the feat.
The youngest player to a hit a grand slam was New York Yankee Mickey Mantle. Mantle was 21 when he hit a grand slam against the Brooklyn Dodgers in game 5 of the World Series on October 4, 1953.
Russell was only 11 years old the last time a grand slam was hit in World Series play. That one was by Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko during Game 2 of the Fall Classic in 2005.
Congratulations to Addison Russell! Let’s Go Cubbies!
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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