May 1, 2006

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Ten Days in May


 image from NASA, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission

Today I leave for Nicaragua and don’t return until about May 10. There will be no new LPODs during this period but I have some suggestions to assuage your lunar cravings.

1. Look at the Moon, night or day, by eye, binoculars or scopes. I will be.

2. Image, image, image! So many LPODs are by the same half-dozen people because they not only take great images, but a lot of them. My list of places needing great images can be your guide.

3. Revisit some of the 104 new LPODs that have occured since Jan 17. Click the calendar at the left to go back to Apr or Mar or Feb or Jan and click some dates at random to see some great images again.

4. Revisit - or perhaps see for the first time - some of the 500 or so classic LPODs from Jan 2004 through June 2005. To get there go to the LPOD Archive and explore.

5. Check out the growing collection of images - almost 500 now - in the LPOD Photo Gallery. Better yet, add your own images. I would love to return and find a hundred new images there!

6. Explore LPODs in French and Spanish.

7. Click on the map - bottom left - showing who visits LPOD. It has only been counting since April 29 and is updated every day. I am excited to see that LPOD has been visited by people in China, India, Indonesia, Colombia, and Arabia, and I hope to add a dot in Nicaragua. I can also look at dots in certain places and know who it is! We are a worldwide community of friends!

8. Visit the sponsors who advertise on LPOD - ads at bottom and top of the page. They sell stuff that is related to LPOD’s content, which changes every day. Don’t madly click every day on every ad - that would cause Google to discontinue LPOD’s use of them - but do visit one every once in a while. LPOD gets about 22 cents for each click and the advertiser gets someone interested in their stuff visiting their online store. I have greatly decreased the cost of doing LPOD by using blog software but have still spent over $1000 since January in setting it up.

With all of these activities you may not notice that LPOD is momentarily gone. When a new lunar image appears above you will know LPOD has returned.

Chuck Wood

Technical Details:
This is western Nicargua exaggerated topography as reconstructed from Shuttle radar. The first Lake is Lake Managua and the area between it and the green to the right is where Managua is. Volcanoes are everywhere and almost all are considered active. Maybe we will be lucky and have an eruption while visiting! Have I mentioned I like volcanoes?

Related Links:
SRTP homepage

Yesterday's LPOD: Divergent Tracks

Tomorrow's LPOD: LPOD is Back, Again!


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