Sunday, December 23, 2012

Photo-a-Day - December 2012 - Day 22: Stars

Photo-a-Day - December 2012 - Day 23:  Stars
Stars, and all things celestial, are magical.  Many years ago, when I lived in Boston, I borrowed a VW camper, took a week, and drove up through Maine, up into Canada and out through Nova Scotia and back.  On the way back down, I camped one night at Arcadia State Park.  It was a new moon, the sky was absolutely clear and there was no interference from pollution or city lights.  The sky was an absolute blanket of stars; more clear than I had ever seen it before, or since.

What was most amazing to me what that you could see the colors of the stars.  No, they aren't all white.  They vary in color according to their temperature.  They are:
  • 3,000° – 6,000° Fahrenheit: Type M - Yellow
  • 6,000° – 8,500° Fahrenheit: Type K - Orange
  • 8,500° - 10,500° Fahrenheit: Type G - Yellow-white
  • 10,500° – 13,000° Fahrenheit: Type F - White
  • 13,000° - 17,500° Fahrenheit: Type A - White
  • 17,500° – 50,000° Fahrenheit: Type B - Blue-white
  • 50,000° - 100,000° Fahrenheit: Type O - Blue
I had never known this before.  Somewhere, I even have a slide of a photograph I took of them.  From that point on, my Christmas lights have always been multi-colored to reflect the colors of the stars.

Now to the jacket...  I used to do a lot of shopping on QVC.  One of the clothing lines they carried was Indigo Moon who made wonderful patchwork, embroidered and appliqued jackets and coats in particular.  I have several, but this is my favorite.  Unfortunately, I don't often have the opportunity to wear it.

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to the Christmas Revels.  It was an opportunity to actually wear "real" clothes, makeup and jewelry.  What else would I wear for a Revels but this bright jacket.  What I hadn't known was that this years Revels was "The Celestial Fool."  Don't you love serendipity? 

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