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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to Open Location on the Moon?

There’s something mysterious going on around here, and I think I’ve figured out what it is:  after using my Sherlockian powers of deductive reasoning, I can only conclude that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is about to open its first extraterrestrial location…on the moon.

I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out:  there’s a new initiative afoot called CLP LYNCS, which stands for the Library in Your Neighborhood, Community, and School–catchy, no?  It’s a wonderful program designed to bring what the library has to offer directly to where you live, work, and play.  With presentations designed for children, teens, and adults, LYNCS can open up the library for you in a way you might never have imagined.  And if you sign up for their e-newsletter, you’ll be in the know about any new programs and services long before your friends and neighbors will.

And all of that is lovely!  But I think there’s more to this project than meets the eye.

You see, LYNCS can also stand for Lunar Yurt : New Carnegie Station.  And it just so happens that LYNCS is hosting a special event at the Pittsburgh Public Market on Friday, April 15th 2011.  Scheduled activities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, drop-in storytelling, and a fun presentation called 30 Books in 30 Minutes, which is kind of like speed-dating for you and books: the library staff will give you a quick summary, and if you’re intrigued, you can check out the titles on the spot.  Call me crazy, but that much fun in such a great location clearly spells “library on the moon.”

There’s only one way to find out.  Make your way down to the Pittsburgh Public Market on April 15th–after you’ve finished your taxes, of course–to meet the LYNCS staff and get to the bottom of the quasi-lunar mystery that’s decidedly out of this world.

–Leigh Anne
whose only real worry about the library on the moon is the atmosphere…

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A View from the Moon

I’m guessing that your childhood dream of growing up to be an astronaut never came true–or maybe it did. What do I know? Even if you don’t get the opportunity to launch shuttles into outer space, explore the vastness of the universe or experience zero gravity, you can still have a chance at being a lunar scientists. How?! What?! Yes. A lunar scientist, it’s true.

Moon Zoo, a project designed by NASA, is an interactive tool with high-resolution images of the moon for moon enthusiasts and astronomy admirers alike to pore over and over and over. Your well-trained eye can help NASA see the moon in unparalleled detail by identifying unseen craters, interesting features, odd details and perhaps  abandoned astronaut accoutrements! Read more! 

– Lisa

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Lunar libration with phase Oct 2007

Lunar libration

Last Wednesday marked the twelfth full moon of 2009, but it isn’t the last full moon of the year. Another will occur on December 31st. While the definition of a blue moon has varied over time, the current meaning describes the phenomenon of two full moons occurring in one month.  If you’re fond of using the expression “once in a blue moon,” you might want to be careful–literally, you’re saying “once every 2.71542689 years.”

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the full moon on the 2nd will be the traditional “Cold Moon,” while the one on the 31st will be called the “Blue Moon,” although you can participate in the Almanac’s contest to name it.  During the New Year’s Eve full moon, there will also be  a partial lunar eclipse, when the Earth will just barely cast its shadow on the lunar surface, although the event will be invisible to almost all of the US.

Our connection with the moon is varied and fascinating.  For example, we all know the superstition that the full moon causes people to act crazily.  The etymology of “lunatic” actually derives from the Latin word for moon, lunaRich folklore from all over the world surrounds our nearest astral neighbor

Our scientific relationship with the moon is no less exciting.  From conspiracies about whether men really walked on the moon to close observations of the moon’s effect on tides, the scientifically-minded also keep an eye on the sky.  In fact, December’s lunar lineup seems a fitting finale for a year in which two missions, by India and NASA, discovered water on the moon.

Happy sky gazing!  Don’t forget to let out a little howl, too.

–Renée

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