Saturday, June 22, 2013

Full Moon Paddle

This Sunday at 5.30pm from Berthas as usual if the weather is good. Forecast is for a northwester which is okay as long it's not cloudy. You can phone me (no SMSs please) at 4 - 4.30pm to confirm whether we are going out. 082 501 8930

Supermoon June 2013: Everything You Need To Know About Perigee Moon This Weekend

One of the biggest celestial events of the year is almost upon us!

Set to peak on Sunday, June 23, the 2013 supermoon is noteworthy not only for the remarkable sight it will present to skywatchers but also because it will be the largest supermoon this year.

Also known as a perigee full moon, the event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the sun at a specific point in its orbit, called the lunar perigee. That's the point at which the moon is nearest to Earth as it traces its elliptical path around our planet.

Since it's closer to us, the moon appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, the term "supermoon" essentially means a bigger and brighter full moon.

But what makes Sunday's supermoon so special?

While skywatchers will be able to spot another supermoon in July, the moon will not be this close again until August 2014.

Text shamelessly borrowed from Milky Way Scientists. Check out their facebook

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hout Bay pictures

Simply excellent paddle yesterday. Beautiful conditions. We paddled from the harbour out to Seal Island then across to Chapmans Peak, then followed the cliffs back towards Hout Bay returning to the harbour for a few pints and lunch. For those who asked how far it was, Google Earth measured around 15kms

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hout Bay paddle Monday 17th

Weather looks good for this paddle so we are on. Meet at the shop at 8.30am to organise car pooling. If you prefer to meet at Hout Bay then it's 9.15am at NSRI launch site.
Likely route is out to Seal Island then across towards Noordhoek and Chapmans Peak and then back to Hout Bay

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