8:35 A perigree full moon, or supermoon, is seen Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Washington. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it’s full. NASA/Bill Ingalls An unusual type of supermoon is set to take the stage this week. It’s called a “black supermoon,” and what makes it unlike other so-called supermoons is that it’s basically invisible. The term “black moon” is an old nickname given to the second new moon in a given calendar month. If you remember your moon phases, you know a new moon occurs when the sun’s light falls on the far side of the moon we don’t see. It’s essentially the opposite of a full moon.The western hemisphere is getting a second new moon Wednesday, July 31 just before the calendar flips to August.Making the celestial happening all the more intriguing is that this black moon comes when the moon is near its closest point to our planet along its orbit of Earth (the orbit is not a perfect circle). This is called perigee syzygy or more commonly, a supermoon. We normally talk about supermoons when they happen along with the full moon, which can make for a lunar spectacle that appears a little larger in the sky than normal. To actually see this black supermoon, however, would require special equipment and significant skywatching experience, but it does offer remarkably dark skies to see other things. Our future on the moon: What will the moon look like… Sci-Tech Space Share your voice 3 Shots of the super blue blood moon worth waking up early for Tags Now playing: Watch this: That’s particularly convenient, as two meteor showers are currently still near their peaks this week. So take advantage of those black skies and the black moon to see if you can catch a shooting star or 2 or 10, just watch out for fireballs raining meteorites. 12 Photos Comments Originally published July 30.
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneDemocratic candidates for governor Andrew White (left) and Lupe Valdez (right) hold a debate at St. James Episcopal Church in Austin on Friday, May 11, 2018.The Democratic runoff candidates for governor sparred Friday evening over abortion and immigration in their first and likely only debate before the May 22 election.Meeting at a church in Austin, Andrew White and Lupe Valdez sounded out their differences — sometimes with rancor — over the two issues that have provided the most tension in the race so far, including White’s personal opposition to abortion. They also sparred more broadly over their Democratic credentials, with White emphasizing the need for a moderate to go up against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November and Valdez suggesting disagreement with that approach. The issue of abortion led to perhaps the most dramatic moment of the night. White personally opposes the practice, but has said he respects a woman’s right to choose and would veto any legislation that infringes on that right as governor. Addressing the issue at the debate, White sought to align himself with longtime president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, who has discussed the difference between Democrats who are just personally against abortion and elected officials who impose those beliefs on others.That was not good enough for Valdez, who insisted that White’s position implies he believes woman who decide to have abortions do not respect life. White, who has said he and his wife “have made the decision that we respect life,” denied repeatedly that he was casting judgment on women who choose abortions before Valdez interjected.“Andrew, you owe an apology to these women,” Valdez said. White, after taking a dig at the “theatrical” nature of her answer, held firm that his personal beliefs on the issue would not influence how he would govern. “My personal opinions are my personal opinions, and as governor, I would trust women to make their own health care decisions,” White said. The two also clashed over immigration, namely Valdez’s record of interactions with federal authorities in Dallas County. After Valdez insisted she is the “only one that’s running for governor that has fought … against anti-immigration laws for years,” White noted she did not go as far in resisting cooperation with ICE as Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez did.“No matter how many times you say it, it isn’t true,” Valdez responded. “I did not work with ICE. I did what I had to do, and that was an imperfect choice.”White also played some defense on border issues, fielding a moderator question about a company he owns that uses heartbeat-detection technology to find people hiding in vehicles. While the company has been criticized for profiting off illegal immigration, White insisted the technology saves lives and it is a better approach to border security than what Republicans have been proposing. Still, he confirmed he is “actively engaged” in the process of divesting from the company, which has drawn fire in the race in recent weeks.Questions about how to win in November also permeated the debate. White has been emphatic that it will take a “moderate” to triumph in November, pointing to recent special election victories across the country by Democrats who are not ideologues.“In this Donald Trump world that we live in, things have changed,” White said, suggesting he could appeal to moderate Republicans like followers of state House Speaker Joe Straus.Valdez had a different assessment of what the Trump era means for their race.“We tried before, trying to get to the middle of the road,” Valdez said, “But the truth is, Democrats are angry.”Dallas Morning News reporter Gromer Jeffers moderated the hourlong debate. The candidates took prescreened questions from the audience that put both candidates on defense about some of their vulnerabilities — White over his membership in a church that opposes gay marriage and Valdez over her scathing reviews from major newspaper editorial boards across the state.“I support very much the LGBT community — I understand their issues, I’m passionate about those issues and I’m willing to fight for those issues,” said White, who went on to acknowledge his church’s position but insisted it is hard to find a church “where everybody’s on the exact same page” and emphasized his support for the separation of church and state.Responding to the question about her editorial board snubs, Valdez began by sarcastically congratulating White. Then she argued she has the “endorsement of the people,” pointing to supporters like the Texas AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood. As for the editorial boards, she suggested there was an issue with communication.“The problem, maybe, is that I don’t talk newspaper language,” she said. “I talk people language.”In addition to the audience questions, both candidates got a Spanish-language question about their thoughts on arming teachers after a recent spate of school shootings. Responding in English, White said giving teachers guns was not necessary and that the state should instead give teachers a pay raise. Valdez replied in Spanish then in English, saying teachers “were meant to teach — they weren’t meant to be soldiers.”White’s campaign was confident after the debate, issuing a statement predicting more progressives would switch their vote to him in the runoff. “We look forward to debating Gov. Abbott in the fall,” read the statement from White’s campaign manager, Jenn Char.Speaking with reporters following the debate, White panned Valdez’s performance, saying she “didn’t offer any new ideas.” He particularly criticized her answer on how she would work with a Republican Legislature, saying she “really fumbled on that question.”In a separate huddle with reporters, Valdez fielded mostly questions about White’s position on abortion, which she said was welcome in the Democratic Party but not above scrutiny from other members. As governor, she suggested, she would be more proactive than him in working to protect abortion rights.“I think it’s more important not to just veto legislation,” she said, “but to actually fight for the woman.”Despite the acrimony, both candidates confirmed to reporters that if the other is the nominee, they would support him or her. read more
BOMBILLAZTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?Well, what comes to us, we mostly still define ourselves as just a group of friends and this is how and where it all started from as well. But to give this occasion a timeframe then, it was a year 2007 when the first track as a demo was realised and as a surprise for all of us, actually it did very well and got Bombillaz on a map straight away. The song was called Raggamasta. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ What was the first big break for you guys?Continuing a story, I guess the beginning of a Bombillaz could also be listed us our breakthrough which was also recognised as a ‘Demo of the year’ award by Estonian radio station Radio 2. Was a great honour for us. How would you define your musical philosophy? ‘Don’t make music that you wouldn’t want to listen to yourself’ In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn context of Estonian music scene, it is relatively easy to stand out and get noticed which directly benefits from the small size of the country (yes, there is only 1.3 million of us). However, that also plays a downside role in the game which means the music industry is small and tight. That results that most of the musicians have to be involved with numerous projects as it is very hard to live well, feed the family and pay taxes by just playing in one band. Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you guys?In Estonia they sometimes call us ‘The sunshine band’ which we guess sums it up quite well. Where’s us, the Bombillaz, there’s always a party under a sunshine. We like to think we go together quite well. What/Who inspires you?A big pipe and a good meal-what else you really need right. But other than that, most definitely different cultures!HANSRAJ PROJEKTTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?4 of the 6 members in Hansraj Projekt i.e Sajal Sharma, Nirupan Sinha, Prateek Narsimha and Vaibhav Ahuja were already students of The Hansraj College and were playing in their respective bands Raagleela and Freewill. It was only this year that our keyboardist and Indian Vocalist Anirudh Varma and Saptak Chattopadhyay came into the college through the Extra Curricular Activities Category. The need for a college band was prevalent and hence the 6 of us decided that a ‘project’ so to say should be started with the name The Hansraj Projekt. It not only defines the 6 of us and what we do but also all the student musicians who are yet to come to this college and grace it with their talents.What was the first big break for you guys?The first big break for The Hansraj Projekt was IIT Bombay’s annual cultural festival Mood Indigo where the band got the Best Band tittle at the Battle of the Bands.How would you define your musical philosophy?Our musical philosophy is: ‘Music is art, art is imagination and imagination is limitless’Tell us about your best tracksOne of our very first re-arrangements of a traditional Hindustani Bandish set in Raag Yaman and another original composition called Batiyaan which literally means ‘spoken words’ are two tracks which we really are satisfied with, because of the essence and variety of tones and background setting that both the songs get as the whole band contributes their individual parts very systematically.SAGE AND THE COMETSTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?We all got together in Sri Venkateswara College. Aashish was already playing with Fire Exit but back then the line up and music were very different. When the vocalist and bassist left, he asked Aditya and me to try out, and this was the beginning of a completely new sound. During a college competition, Aashish and Aditya played with Varun, who they loved and we asked him to join us. With the second album, our sound changed even more and we also decided to rename the band since it was a long time coming so we’re Sage and the Comets now! What was the first big break for you guys?We had been playing gigs in the city for a few years, but in 2009, we got selected for Channel V Launch Pad and I think with that we sort of evolved drastically. So in terms of a ‘big’ break I think it would be that. We didn’t get to the finals, but the experience of traveling together and being on a show just magnified everything for us!How would you define your musical philosophy?Well for the longest time we had been playing music to please people. Lots of hard songs, complicated stuff and even covers just to get audiences to be happy. But with the new album, I think we’ve discovered a love for simplicity and in just creating and experiencing music together. I think in the process we’ve just taken whatever route has come to us naturally. So it’s difficult to categorise our music, because each song is a different story altogether. Tell us about your best tracksAmongst the new songs, Taking Shape which is a very mellow piano based song has hit it quite well with listeners. Its a simple composition that we just came up with and people seem to have liked it quite a bit. From the first album, Vacuum is one song that people have remembered and sung along with.TRITHATell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?I met Tritha in 2010, on the Neemrana production Hair where she was singing while I was doing the sound. We immediately clicked musically, and decided to create a new kind of fusion sound, based of course on Indian Classical music, but this time blended with Western punk and psychedelic sounds, rather than classic rock or pop ones. What was the first big break for you guys?The first one…? mmmmm the first one would have been in June 2010, when Tritha performed in the biggest church in Paris (St Eustache) on World Music Day. The audience was mesmerized and that was the beginning of Tritha’s special connection with France. How would you define your musical philosophy?Nietzschean. In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?The main issue right now in the country is the lack of good live music venues. I miss Blue Frog in Delhi. Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you guys?Our music is free. On stage we never play the same thing twice. Just like in Indian Classical Music each musician knows the basic progression of what is going to happen, and improvises within that structure. The key is to listen.What/Who inspires you?People who follow their dreams… and succeed. e.g. Dave Grohl! What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?Careful, make sure you’re 100 per cent serious and dedicated. Else better keep music as a hobby. The road is long.WHEN: 14 March, 7:30 pm onwardsWHERE: Garden of Five Senses read more
The Capital is all set for a unique gastronomic experience with the first edition of The Grub Fest that will kick-off from April 3 – 5 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium lawns. The three-day extravaganza will bring together all the best restaurants and cafes of the city to cook up a culinary treat for the food lovers of the Capital.The Grub Fest is an expressive name as a concept of India’s food carnival – from live sized pop up restaurants to home-made carts, food trucks to kebab grills, candy stores to organic bazaars, this food fest is here to bring all foodies across the city to one destination! And if all the food isn’t enough to fill you up, there’s also a massive entertainment with the likes of Vir Das, Hari and Sukhmani, Cyanide, Rishabh Joshi and DJ Sartek and many more lined up for everyone to grab their grubs and Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’enjoy under the open sky. Structured around global food festivals, The Grub Fest is the brainchild of young entrepreneurs Aman Kumar, Arjun Jain, Chaitanya Mathur and Mani Singh Cheema, who are passionate foodies and want to showcase the very best of India’s food flavours by means of a festival. Participants include restaurants like Royal China, United Coffee House, Smokey’s, Fio, Town Hall, Khan Chacha, Switch, NYC Pie, Kathi’s, Shiv Sagar and many more, that will transform the lawns of the stadium into a melting pot of epicurean delight for three days and give visitors an experience to savour life to the fullest. One can experience food tasting menus, blind wine tasting, engaging contests and introduction of the Grub Police. Action-packed with performances and comedy acts, The Grub Fest is a destination to eat, drink and make merry, thereafter grabbing hearts of foodies in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Dubai as their next destinations. read more