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COMMENTARY · 26th August 2010
Merv Ritchie
Update - From Terrace

Scenes from Terrace HERE.

Astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock, who is currently above Earth in the Space Station has recorded some of the sights and the most spectacular seems to be the view of the Aurora's, the scene as solar radiation hits the Earths atmosphere.

These sights moved him to recall the song about the life of Van Gogh, Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) by Don McLean. Wheelock referred to the night as being Sacred. We felt we should share these images with our readers as the wave of 'Northern Lights' defines the atmosphere of the Planet.

From Wheelock's own Blog;

The sacred night makes me think of my favorite impressionist and one of my favorite songs...”Starry, starry night…Paint your palette blue and gray…Look out on a summer's day,... With eyes that know the darkness in my soul….”



“…Shadows on the hills…Sketch the trees and the daffodils…Catch the breeze and the winter chills…In colors on the snowy linen land…”



“Now I understand what you tried to say to me…How you suffered for your sanity…How you tried to set them free…They would not listen…they did not know how…Perhaps they'll listen now…”


Visit Wheelocks site HERE.

In other Space news, the Full Moon last night was the smallest Full Moon of the Year. The difference between the smallest and the largest Full Moons of the year is easy to see with the naked eye.

The Moon's orbit around Earth is not round, it is more oval shaped . One side of the orbit, called perigee in space lingo, is 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other, called apogee. Last nights Full Moon was at the apogee, hence its small appearance.
Starry, starry night…Paint your palette blue and gray…Look out on a summer's day,... With eyes that know the darkness in my soul….
Starry, starry night…Paint your palette blue and gray…Look out on a summer's day,... With eyes that know the darkness in my soul….
…Shadows on the hills…Sketch the trees and the daffodils…Catch the breeze and the winter chills…In colors on the snowy linen land…
…Shadows on the hills…Sketch the trees and the daffodils…Catch the breeze and the winter chills…In colors on the snowy linen land…
Now I understand what you tried to say to me…How you suffered for your sanity…How you tried to set them free…They would not listen…they did not know how…Perhaps they'll listen now…
Now I understand what you tried to say to me…How you suffered for your sanity…How you tried to set them free…They would not listen…they did not know how…Perhaps they'll listen now…