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Virtual Connection and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Virtual Connection and the Coronavirus

The coronavirus scare of 2020 in the United States is still in its infancy in my region. I’ve watched my state’s progress on the coronavirus map for the past two days. I don’t have any real-time data, but it seems the increase in cases is growing more rapidly in recent days. My state had 41 known coronavirus cases 48 hours ago. Now, according to the interactive map, there’s a total of 69 cases as I write this piece at half-past midnight on 3/16/2020. From what the medical experts are saying, I believe that number of 69 in my state could be exponentially larger in my near future. I don’t have many words of embellishment to make this a very long blog post. Sometimes, less is more.

What I will say is, IF the virus I first heard of as the “novel 2019 coronavirus” did anything good – it made people realize we’re connected in more ways than we think.

Guess what folks? We get the chance to combat the spread of the virus by helping each other from afar. How cool is that? Selfishness please go and take several seats. Social distancing is the buzz word I’m reading and hearing about across the airwaves and in cyberspace in recent days. In other words, “help me help you” by staying away from me if you choose to go out among the population for no good reason other than the fact that you can do what you want. Almost everybody needs to pay bills, and for the large part of the population affected by the closures, I hope containment of the virus happens soon and we as a nation go back to business as usual. Life is meant to be enjoyed and I have high hopes for me and my family’s future as well as my fellow human being.

In the meantime, my game plan is prayer, social distancing, self-care, checking in with my elderly loved ones and high-risk friends and family. I intend to spread cheer whenever I can.

Be encouraged – because we’re all in this together.

May God Bless us all.

Get the Coronavirus (COVID-19) facts on the links below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.cdc.gov/

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December 2019 Geminid Meteor Shower

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I’ve considered myself a stargazer since childhood when astronomy became interesting to me. Although I’ve never owned a telescope, the dark sky has long been a fascination of mine. In the late 1990s, I belonged to an online group of amateur stargazers. The group would virtually discuss astronomical phenomena and meet offline from time to time for stargazing activities. My interests were fueled by my curiosity and love of viewing the night sky.

Meteor showers are one of those astronomical events I look forward to seeing whenever possible. The annual Geminids meteor showers happening this weekend from Friday, December 13th through Sunday the 15th, 2019 is no exception. While I no longer belong to a stargazing group, I still get excited to read or hear news of any upcoming event in the sky. Yes, I was one of those people who stood outdoors on August 21st of 2017 with a makeshift pinhole to view a total solar eclipse projected onto paper. Next, I’m anticipating the total solar eclipse expected in April of the year 2024. The North America path of the future total solar eclipse will track very close to my neck of the woods. Should I get to see April 8, 2024, plans are for a short road trip to an area where I can experience the total phase of the solar eclipse.

Anyway, back to the Geminids! A little background info: this upcoming meteor shower is said to originate from an asteroid, unlike most meteor showers originating from a comet. The sighting of the first Geminids meteor shower dates to the 1800s.

If I’m lucky, I’ll get to witness the last Geminids of this decade as they streak across the sky. Affectionately called “falling” or “shooting” stars, I consider meteor showers spectactacular. You can find optimal viewing times here. I’ve read the cold moon which happened shortly after midnight today, December 12, 2019, may bring some glare in viewing the Geminids. Luckily, I won’t need a telescope of other fancy equipment to see the Geminids shower across the sky this weekend. I will, however, need dark sky and warm clothes according to the chilly weather forecast.

Bonus: Stargazers, read more here about Comet 46p/Wirtanen which may be observable while you’re enjoying the Geminids.  

Thanks for visiting!

The source links below provide detailed information on these astronomical wonders.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/Watch_the_Skies/tag/geminids/

https://nationaleclipse.com/maps.html

https://www.space.com/34921-geminid-meteor-shower-guide.html