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Lunar Distance As Seen In Toronto

Sunday July 14th was an excellent evening to measure a Lunar. The sky was perfectly clear and the Moon and Jupiter were clearly visible from my apartment balcony. This is generally not the case as there has been so much local construction in recent years. The distance measured from the Moon_NearLimb to the centre of […]

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Intercept en la Playa del Condado Puerto Rico

Miré hacia el Caribe desde la playa del Condado, imaginé que Ponce de León estaba parado en el mismo lugar, midiendo el ángulo del sol con su astrolabio. Ponce de León conocía su posición exacta porque le preguntó al Taíno Cacique Agueybaná dónde se encontraban exactamente en la galaxia. Así pudo calcular su intercepción. Tomé […]

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Recientemente visité el Castillo San Felipe en San Juan Puerto Rico. Nunca he visto una fortificación tan enorme e impenetrable como esta. Me imaginé que era un soldado español en el siglo XVI y que el pirata Drake apareció alrededor de la Punta Escabron. Tomé el rumbo de la brújula y disparé el cañón, ajustándome […]

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Golden Globe Race 2018 – 50 Year Anniversary

Introduction The Golden Globe Race 2018 commemorates the original Sunday Times Golden Globe 1968, a non-stop, single handed round the world yacht race.  It was won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in Suhaili. Nine contestants entered and only Knox-Johnston finished. Bernard Moitessier decided not to finish but go around the world for a second time! (Ref.1). […]

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Maiden – Whitbread Round The World Race 1989

Just saw Alex Holmes’ s documentary “Maiden” at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s about Tracy Edwards all female crew that sailed around the world in the Whtibread 1989 race. It follows Tracy’s early life and the various steps leading up to the race. An incredible study of courage, persistence and bravery in the face […]