Harvest Moon In The Bull City

Bull City Harvest Moon - by Gregg and Carmela KempLast night was the “Harvest” full moon and Carmela and I headed to downtown Durham to set out a pinhole camera at the base of the “The Major” sculpture in the City Center Plaze. “The Major” is a two-ton bronze bull by Michael Waller and Leia Foushee. It was a clear warm night and there were a few people on the streets. I delayed putting out the camera as the area was well lit and I feared someone would notify the police that I was carefully placing a tin can on the sidewalk of the park. We had a bit of a feel that we were part of a “drop-off/pickup”. But we got over that and placed the camera. As soon as we got to the car to leave, some guy came over to study the bull sculpture. He looked local and I suspect he’d seen the sculpture before. We were pretty sure we’d never see that camera again and headed home. But, the next morning when we returned to the scene, there was the tin can camera, totally unmoved, untouched. Thank you, citizens of Durham!

Sun and Moon Data for Wednesday, 26 September 2007 (U.S. Naval Observatory)

Durham, North Carolina (longitude W78.9, latitude N36.0):

        Eastern Daylight Time          

        Moonrise                   6:58 p.m.
        Sunset                     7:07 p.m.
        End civil twilight         7:33 p.m.
        Open camera                7:40 p.m.
        Close camera               6:40 a.m.
        Begin civil twilight       6:42 a.m.
        Sunrise                    7:07 a.m.
        Moonset                    8:00 a.m. on following day

Full Moon on 26 September 2007 at 3:45 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time.

1 thought on “Harvest Moon In The Bull City”

  1. Hey Gregg, I’ve always failed to get full moon pinholes
    but you’ve inspired me to keep trying.
    I wanted to pass on this interesting factoid I picked up from a local gardening writer, Pam Pierce:
    on any night of a truly full moon, in exactly 6 months from that date is where the sun will be!
    So, say where you see the moon at 4 a.m. on Sept. 26th, then on March 26th, that’s where the sun will be at 4 p.m.
    I’m trying to keep a record so I can check this out, finally.
    I’m alittle skeptical. I’ve also heard that the moon has a 19 year cycle, so does this mean the sun does as well?

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