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Jaime Fradera
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0 posted 03-13-2007 08:22 AM       View Profile for Jaime Fradera   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jaime Fradera

Now here is a question for my seeing friends:
If you were to stand at the equator and it was midnite at the instant of equinox, would you see only the southern half of the northern sky and the northern half of the southern sky?
would the Pole star be below the horizon?  And what about the Southern Cross? Maybe just half of it with the other half missing?  Is Fairbanks at a high enough lattitice, the mid-winter Sun low enough in the sky that you could view the stars in the daytime?

If you looked across a land area and the topography compensated exactly with the curviture of the Earth, would the horizon extend out for great distances?  How far would your vision extend if there were no horizon?
This message was composed in the middle of the night, like Midnitesun knows.  Eh Midnitesun?  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, this flu or whatever it is continues to rage out of control.  I'm gonna have to load up on fruit, soups and lots of orange juice, that is, Midniteun's diet plan.   Maybe I better go back to bed ....

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1 posted 03-13-2007 08:33 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I think we should all set our alarms to go outside and check.  But most of us aren't at the equator.  Any volunteers?  And what if it's raining?..
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2 posted 03-13-2007 05:58 PM       View Profile for rwood   Email rwood   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for rwood

I haven't the foggiest, though all but the flu part of your post was a poetic inquiry worth pondering about. I wish I could give you answers.

I hope your health is returning.
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3 posted 03-16-2007 10:44 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

LOL, Midnitesun will pass this on to her knowledgeable science professsor, Bruce.
Alas, it is snowing here, again!!!
Meanwhile, the sassy robin that arrived yesterday changed his mind last night and is now reportedly headed towards Mexico for spring break.  
(more on the meteorology report later, amigo)
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