Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Moon and Venus for September

The sunset Tuesday evening, here on Bonaire, was one of the best I've seen in a long time. The skies were spectacular as I was driving past the airport on my way South. Hopefully others will post some pictures of the sunset at its peak.
By the time I arrived at Red Slave, the colors were only a dim glimmer of what they had once been. But it was now dark enough that Venus and the Moon were visible, which was the image that I had been hoping for.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Skinny Moon Tonight

The New Moon was yesterday afternoon, so we made sure to be out looking for a skinny crescent moon this evening.
Fortunately the skies have been very clear the last couple days, so we were able to watch as it drifted down to the horizon.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Papiamentu language is now on TWR360

I've written about TWR's online media portal from time to time.  Well, a new language has just joined the roster, Papiamentu.

We printed 8000 copies of the Alimento Pa E Alma daily devotional book, and they are almost all gone. However these devotionals are now available online.

But wait, there’s more! Not one, but three Papiamentu programs can now be found on the TWR360 Web site. They are: Mi a Disidí, Muhé di Speransa and Alimento Pa E Alma.

Just go to and click on Languages on the main page, and then click on Papiamentu.

You’ll then see current episodes of the three programs. If you then click on Ministerio I Igleseianan, you’ll see a link to the main page of each of the three programs.

For Mi a Disidí and Alimento pa E Alma, in addition to listening to the audio, you can get a pdf file with the text.

There is a new Alimento Pa E Alma episode for each day of the week. It matches the one in the printed devotional book, and on the radio.  There are three new Mi a Disidí episodes per week.

We’re still tweaking things, like: the Mi a Disidí spelling needs fixing on the title page, and Muhé Di Speransa too.

Coming soon are some Bible studies by Pastor Petrona called Awa Bibu.

There are TWR360 apps for Android and iOS devices too. On an iPhone, if you click on the little picture of the globe in the top right corner of the main screen, you'll get a list of languages that includes Papiamentu. On an Android phone, the first thing I saw when I launched the app was a list of languages that did not include Papiamentu. I then clicked around randomly at the bottom of that list of languages and a "home" type screen came up that has the same little map of the world at the top right corner that appears on the iOS home screen. I clicked on the little map and got a list of languages that does include Papiamentu.

And let me give a big thank you to the Francees and Senchi families for giving us the music heard on Mi a Disidí and Alimento Pa E Alma.

Please feel free to share this information about Papiamentu on TWR360 to anyone that you think might be interested.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Planets on Parade

Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are forming a nice line across the Bonaire sky. I tried taking some pictures Friday evening.

Last time i did this was in 2003, when Mars was a tiny bit closer to the Earth. My 2003 pix came out better than these, so I think i'll have to get out there and try try again.

But even these blurry pix show more detail than i could see in the telescope eyepiece the other night.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Space Station and Venus

The International Space Station was visible from Bonaire on Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week. On Wednesday, it passed quite close to Venus. In this video, Venus is the bright object to the right of the four palm trees. The ISS pops into view to the left of Venus at about 5 seconds into the video clip. The ISS gets quite close to Venus and then they both disappear behind clouds. The ISS emerges from the clouds first, and then finally Venus is visible again. The light down low on the left side among the tree trunks is an airplane headed to the Flamingo Airport.

Here is a link to the file on YouTube.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Moon and Planets Tuesday Evening

The sky was pretty clear tonight, so I zoomed to the beach and snapped the Moon, Venus, Regulus, and Mercury making a nice line in the sky.

The five stars to the right and upper right of Regulus form the Sickle, which is also the head of Leo the lion.

Moon and Venus on Monday night

The Moon was a little below Venus last night. It was a nice view. 
Tonight the Moon is to the upper left of Venus. If you start at the Moon, pass through Venus, that line will continue to the star Regulus and then on to Mercury.
Here is the view from last night.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Moon, Planets and Milky Way

The super skinny Moon will be right next to Mercury tonight, at least as seen from Bonaire. (if the skies are clear) Mercury is to the left of the Moon. Venus shines up above the Mercury-Moon pair. The Moon will move up closer to Venus by Sunday night, July 15.
Here is a Milky Way panorama I shot last week after the rains cleared the dust out of the skies for a day or two.  Not sure how it will look downsized here.  The original file would print about four feet wide at 300 dots per inch. If I ever shoot this again, I'll try getting closer to the huts so they don't end up so teeny tiny in the image.
That's Mars coming up to the right of the red light on the horizon.  The red light at the top of a radar tower.  The Southern Cross is at the far right.  The Northern Cross is at the far left.