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Oct 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse – Where and when to see September 17, 2014

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro.
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Oct 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse – Where and when to see.

 

There’s an eclipse of the moon on October 8. This page can help you figure out if you’ll be able to see it. If it’s visible from your location, all you need to observe it is a clear sky.

Kensington Astronomy at the Beach September 16, 2014

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Coming up Sept 26 & 27, Maple beach, Kensington Metropark in Milford MI.

This event is a lot of fun. You should come. I’d say more, but I have to prep a scavenger hunt guide for the telescope volunteers.

Lavender shortbread (whole grain) August 25, 2014

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  • 1 cup oats, traditional or quick
  • 2 tbl lavender flowers*
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt**
  • 1/2 teaspoon fiori di sicilia flavor (vanilla and/or lemon are good alternatives)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

* Smell the lavender, and adjust the amount accordingly. Too much, and your shortbread will be reminiscent of laundry or soap!
**If you use salted butter, reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon

If you have the time, lightly toasting the oats first adds a nice flavor.

Grind the oats and lavender in a food processor, blender or grain mill. It should look like a flour with little flecks in it.
Blend in the confectioners’ sugar, salt,water, flavoring, and butter. You should have a very soft, almost pasty dough.
Let stand far about 10 minutes (let the oats absorb the water).
Add the flour and mix just until you have a smooth dough. The less you work it, the “sandier” the cookie will be.

Press into a prepared pan (I flatten mine into a circle about 8” across on a baking stone and score it into 16 wedges)

Bake 350 for 35 -40 minutes

Allow it to cool until it is still warm but can be handled before cutting it and removing it from the pan.

This is based on the recipe for Classic Scottish Shortbread from King Arthur Flour.

Cosmic Light 2015 Video Trailer – To celebrate the cosmic light coming down to earth | IAU August 11, 2014

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Cosmic Light 2015 Video Trailer – To celebrate the cosmic light coming down to earth | IAU.

IYA was awesome, and many great things came out of it. I don’t know yet if great things will come from IYL, but the trailer sure is cool.

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