I have spent most of the past month eagerly anticipating my trip to the local Renaissance festival. I had envisioned a sunny day filled with turkey legs, jousting, fire breathing and pirate comedy shows. It was going to be a great event to feature on my Friday photography post. Alas, mother nature had different plans. It began raining about 20 minutes after my husband and I arrived to meet our friends, and never let up. There was little entertainment going on, and we wound up digging into our turkey legs huddled under the edge of a tent. I definitely did not take many pictures.
Although we were all a little bummed by the weather, and we certainly weren’t going to let the rain get in the way of a good time. We dodged in and out of every stall offering Medieval treats, myself picking up some amazing smelling soap and a new pin to adorn my blazers with. We stopped often for food, drank mead, and paid the extra two dollars to peruse a small exhibit of Medieval torture devices. By the end, we were dripping wet, laughing, and glad we stuck it out, no matter how ridiculous it got.
Much like my experience at the Renaissance festival, not all my movie watching experiences go as expected either. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some with completely strange premises (Being John Malkovich, Stranger than Fiction), some were as campy and silly as I hoped (Sharknado, Scary Movie), and some stunned me with how completely unhinged they were (House, Lords of Salem). Enjoy the list below along with new TV for the workweek, silly holidays, and astronomy sights in the sky.
Completely Ridiculous Movies
Riverdale (The CW, Season 2)
Mr. Robot (USA, Season 3)
Supernatural (The CW, Season 13)
Mindhunter (Netflix, new drama series)
From Astronomy.com: Saturn remains a tempting target in this week’s evening sky. The ringed planet stands nearly 20° above the southwestern horizon as darkness falls. Shining at magnitude 0.5, it appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. Of course, the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 37″. But more significantly, the rings tilt 27.0° to our line of sight — the maximum angle possible — in mid-October. The rings haven’t appeared this open since 2003 and they won’t approach this tilt again until 2032. The steep angle offers superb views of ring structure.
From Astronomy.com: The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 1:25 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning. Observers on the East Coast who start watching around midevening can see the star’s brightness diminish by 70 percent over the course of about five hours. Those in western North America will see Algol brighten noticeably from late evening until dawn starts to light up the sky, when the star stands high in the west. This eclipsing binary system runs through a cycle from minimum (magnitude 3.4) to maximum (magnitude 2.1) and back every 2.87 days.
Strange Evidence (Science Channel, new docuseries)