Love is a burning thing… and it makes a firey ring

Even as the lunar new year is arriving, and we must pray for the well-being of those poor folks in China suffering from the problems of weather and transportation problems as they strive to go home, there is another celestial event about to occur according to SpaceWeather.com:

Space Weather News for Feb. 5, 2008

SOLAR ECLIPSE: This Thursday, Feb. 7th, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing a solar eclipse over New Zealand, most of Antarctica and parts of Australia.  It is not a total eclipse; the Moon will only partially cover the solar disk.  Nevertheless, the event promises some beautiful moments. 

For instance, the partially-eclipsed Sun will dapple the ground with crescent-shaped sunbeams.  Observers in New Zealand and Australia should look in the shadows of leafy trees for this lovely phenomenon.  On the barren slopes of Antarctica, scientists and explorers can produce the same effect by letting the sun shine through a spaghetti colander or a sheet of paper poked with holes.

The best views of all are reserved for a remote stretch of the Antarctic where the Moon will pass dead-center in front of the Sun without fully covering it.  A thin layer of star will poke out all around the Moon producing a  vivid "ring of fire" or annular eclipse.

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6 Responses to Love is a burning thing… and it makes a firey ring

  1. Kenpo says:

    With beauty such as this in creation it makes all this squabbling over doctrine, dogma, prays, seem a little….silly. There is so much we are missing.

  2. RBrown says:

    With beauty such as this in creation it makes all this squabbling over doctrine, dogma, prays, seem a little….silly. There is so much we are missing.
    Comment by Kenpo

    You’re saying that all the years I have spent studying theology have been wasted.

    BTW, marveling at the beauty of the creation and theological questions are not mutally exclusive. In fact, good theology presupposes the beauty of the creation.

  3. RBrown says:

    Also: The delight and wonder of the beauty of the creation and the delight and wonder of the Truth sought in theological questions are not mutally exclusive. In fact, good theology presupposes the beauty of the creation: All theology is primarily a contemplation of God, first of Him as Creator, then of Him as Redeemer.

  4. jane in memphis says:

    Father Z…
    Johnny Cash!!

    jane in memphis

  5. RBrown says:

    Father Z…
    Johnny Cash!!

    jane in memphis
    Comment by jane in memphis

    Written by June Carter.

  6. dob says:

    Not quite the lattice work of a snowshoe????. Chin up.