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Ep. 22, Page 43
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Comic 1669 - Ep. 22, Page 43

19th Jul 2014, 7:48 AM in Episode 22 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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Author Notes:

smbhax 19th Jul 2014, 7:48 AM edit delete
I came across the coolest word the other day: "selenelion." I stumbled into it on Wikipedia, where it is explained as the name for the occasion "when both the Sun and the eclipsed Moon can be observed at the same time. This can only happen just before sunset or just after sunrise, and both bodies will appear just above the horizon at nearly opposite points in the sky. This arrangement has led to the phenomenon being referred to as a horizontal eclipse. There are typically a number of high ridges undergoing sunrise or sunset that can see it. Indeed, the reddened light that reaches the Moon comes from all the simultaneous sunrises and sunsets on the Earth. Although the Moon is in the Earth’s umbra, the Sun and the eclipsed Moon can both be seen at the same time because the refraction of light through the Earth’s atmosphere causes each of them to appear higher in the sky than their true geometric position."

"Selenelion" probably shares something of the same root as the name of our anti-heroine, which I got from the name of the Greek goddess of the Moon, Selene. (Huh, and Google tells me that an actress on a popular show that's appeared since A* began also has the name Selenis, golly.) I came across it when I was trying to name the watercolor painting I had made for page 38, because I figure I should give them a name when I put them up for auction on eBay, which I always do just before the A* page using them appears on this site. The page 38 painting looked like this


and I thought hm well Selenis is kind of eclipsing the disc of light cast by the round window at the end of the hall she's facing, which is almost like a moon, the basis of her name. I wonder if there's a cool name for a lunar eclipse or something... And that got me to looking up "lunar eclipse" on Wikipedia, which happens to be the same page that contains "selenelion," and obviously I was going to use that. : )


cattservant 19th Jul 2014, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
She's waxing her poetics.
They're pretty slick!
smbhax 21st Jul 2014, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
She must give this tour a lot!
moizmad 19th Jul 2014, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
We should be doing stuff like that on Mars right now, terra-forming and terra-farming starting with greenhouses, and the sooner the better!
smbhax 21st Jul 2014, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
I want my Marsburgers!