Friday

Skywatchers in Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones will get a view of the full moon tonight (Sept. 13) at 11:32 p.m., 10:32 p.m. and 9:32 p.m., respectively, while East Coasters will see the moon at its fullest at 12:32 a.m. on the 14th. Regardless of time zone, the moon will appear just a bit dimmer than usual (eerie!), because it will be at apogee, or its farthest distance from Earth.

That means that the moon will appear about 14% smaller and 30% dimmer than when it is at its closest point to Earth, which is known as perigee.

The moon's orbit around Earth is elliptical. Each month, as this natural satellite orbits the planet, it passes through one apogee and one perigee. Moons at perigee are known as "supermoons." The closest perigee of 2019 occurred on Feb. 19, when the moon traveled within 221,681 miles (356,761 kilometers) of Earth.

The farthest apogee of the year was also in February, on the 5th, when the moon was 252,622 miles (406,555 km) away. This month's apogee puts the moon 252,511 miles (406,377 km) away.

Realistically, the difference between a supermoon and a micromoon is hard to spot. "[It's] not enough to notice unless you're a very careful moon-watcher," Sky & Telescope magazine senior editor Alan MacRobert said in a 2016 statement. Indeed, the term "supermoon" appeared in the lexicon only in 1979, according to that statement, and it wasn't until a spate of three supermoons in 2016 that the term became popular.

The September full Moon is usually known as the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn.


It is also called the Barley Moon because this is the time to harvest and thresh ripened barley.

Some other traditional September Full Moon names used by Native Americans include:

“Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux Native Americans. “Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha Native Americans. “Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux Native Americans


Learn Native American Names: Soaproot (Pomo). Corn Moon (Pueblo). Harvest moon (Hopi). Singing Moon (Celtic). Leaf fall Moon (Kiowa). Ripe Moon (San Juan). Maize Moon (Natchez). Acorns Moon (Wishram). Rice Moon (Anishnaabe). Hay Cutting Moon (Yuchi). Mulberry Moon (Choctaw). Deer Paw Moon (Omaha). Snow Goose Moon (Cree). Freshness Moon (Mohawk). Harvest Moon (Neo-Pagan). Harvest (Colonial American). Little Chestnut Moon (Creek). Corn Maker Moon (Abernaki). Drying Grass Moon (Arapaho). Yellow Leaf Moon (Assiniboine). Drying Grass Moon (Cheyenne). Autumn Moon (Passamaquoddy). Barley Moon (Mediaeval English). Calves Hair Growth Moon (Dakota). Yellow Leaf Moon(Taos Native American). Nut Moon, Black Butterfly Moon (Cherokee). Drying Grass Moon, Black Calve Moon, fScarlet Plum Moon (Sioux). Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin).


Other moon names : Wine moon, Blood Moon, Sturgeon Moon

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Wednesday

There is a common notion that animals do not feel the way that humans do. But time and time again, we hear stories about the unique relationships formed between their species that disprove this assumption, and confirms the fact that just like us, they are also capable of exhibiting empathy and having emotions.

The following story that you’re about to read perfectly supports this idea, and will make you realize that we have a lot more in common with these beings than we think we do.

Rookie, a small but energetic dog, developed a bond with an unlikely companion – a brown female cow that his human owned. Their tight relationship was formed because the cow acted like the pup’s “real” mother, often licking Rookie’s coat and nuzzling him. At times, the dog would even be seen sitting or sleeping on the cow’s back.

The bond they shared was extremely special, that when the time came for the cow to be sold off, Rookie became the most heartbroken dog in the whole world. Even though it would be hard for him, the family didn’t have any choice but to sell the cow, because having two was something that they couldn’t afford. Preparing to be sold off, the mama cow was taken from the enclosure that she and Rookie frequented.

When the cow was led outside, Rookie’s grief became apparent. He began howling and crying, and his face reflected a look of utter despair. His eyes started to get wet, that he almost looked like he was crying real tears while being separated from his “mother”. Their goodbye was heartbreaking to watch, and the dog can be seen stepping onto the threshold while calling out to the cow. But by then, his mother had completely gone out of sight.

But then one day, he heard a moo-ing nearby, and Rookie knew exactly who it was. The agile pup immediately ran down the street while his owner chased after him, calling his name. But the dog was unstoppable, and he ran as fast as he could to where the sound was coming from.


Finally, he reached the cow’s new home – another barn in the village that was close enough to Rookie’s shelter. The pup couldn’t hide his joy when he saw the cow, and he began barking excitedly and jumping to lick the cow’s face. It was an extremely sweet reunion – but it wouldn’t last for long.

When Rookie’s owner found him, he scolded him for running off and carried him home despite the dog’s clear protest. He yipped and barked in anguish all the way out of the barn, knowing very well that they were being separated again.


Back home, Rookie became inconsolable, losing his usual enthusiasm and energy. Eventually, he lost all appetite, refusing the bowl of dog food that was being offered to him. His owners worried that because of extreme sadness, Rookie might just waste away. The dog just kept wandering around the enclosure where his mother used to be, waiting for the day that she comes back.


Rookie’s owners just couldn’t bear the sight of him in misery, so they decided to bring the cow back home! They were keeping the cow all for Rookie’s sake, even if it entailed financial difficulties. Aside from bringing back his mother, the owners also introduced a new friend for Rookie to play with – another small pup! This is to strengthen and develop his social skills as a dog, since growing up with a cow wouldn’t do much for him in that aspect.
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Sunday

Sebahat Hanifeoglu, a resident of Kastamonu, Turkey, has given up everything to help the homeless pups in her city. Her journey started when she first saw the hundreds of homeless pups roaming the streets. Some of them showed signs of abuse, and almost all of them showed signs of starvation.

You see, in Kastamonu, Turkey, it isn’t unusual for “dog owners” to abandon their pups in the dumps and mountain areas. And now that people know of Sebahat’s kindhearted actions, they’ve started leaving pups there on purpose.

It was a no-brainer: Sebahat knew she couldn’t just leave the pups. At the same time, she also knew the improbability of saving all the homeless pups right off the bat.

So instead of panicking, Sebahat set out her priorities. She would start by going to the areas where the abandoned pups were barely surviving. She started the journey by waking up at the break of dawn every morning. She would then gather blankets, water, and food, and start the trek into the mountains to search for new pups.

Of course, the pups loved to see their savior – and not just because she brought them food and water, or tried to build them better shelter. The pups knew that Sebahat truly cared for them, and they loved her for the companionship she offered. And after being cruelly abandoned by previous “owners”, it was only right that the pups finally had happiness in the form of a loving human.

The journey didn’t end there. To this day, Sebahat visits 5 areas on a daily basis to give abandoned pups everything she has (and more). Despite her actions to help the homeless pups, Sebahat still didn’t like leaving them out in the open with no protection. Fortunately, this sparked an idea that would begin a slow (but necessary) change. With the help of a few volunteers, Sebahat started building sheds to give the pups some shelter.


Sebahat and the pups are forces to be reckoned with though. The cruel actions of others have only made them more determined to beat the odds.

“I’m just doing what we should all be doing,” Sebahat said. “And I’ll never give up.”
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Saturday

A woman is sheltering 97 rescue dogs in her home as Hurricane Dorian sweeps through the Bahamas.

Chella Phillips, of Nassau, has helped save nearly 1,000 homeless dogs over the past four years as manager of The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas. But her experience over the past few days during one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Bahamas has been “insane.”

Chella first wrote on her Facebook page as of Sunday September 1, 2019, that she “has 97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom.”

She continued to describe the situation, “It has been insane since last night, poop and piss non stop but at least they are respecting my bed and nobody has dared to jump in. We have barricaded the refuge and nobody is outside, the music is playing in all directions of the house and the AC is blowing for them.”

Thanks to her supporters she could house more dogs. “I managed to bring some less fortunate ones and I really appreciate some of you donating for crates…I really needed it for the scared ones and the sick ones.” She noted that the storm may not have hit her part of the island as hard as other islands, but she knew she couldn’t leave the dogs outside to fend for themselves.

“It was either leave the dogs on the street to fend for themselves…or do something about it,” said Phillips on a phone interview with ABC News. “I just want these dogs to be safe. I could care less about the dog poop and pee in my house.”


As much as the dogs soiled her house, all the dogs were on their best behavior. She posted an update on Facebook writing, “everyone here gets along and welcome the newcomers with tail wags ’cause they know they are their brothers and sisters in suffering on the streets. They are not like the selfish humans that mistreated and abused them or simply passed them by and let them to die on the streets.”

Although she had the 97 dogs in close confines she was still heartbroken that she had to leave so many on the streets because she did not have any more room to bring them in.


On Monday morning Chella updated everyone on how they managed the night of the storm:

“We are alright after a stressful night were we flooded bad inside the refuge, not even 3 pumps could contain the rain from washing us inside and after an hour all 3 pumps reheated and burned down and we have been outside with buckets fighting a losing battle.

“All services are down, all TVs are fried from the lightnings so no more cartoons for the sick dogs until we can purchase new ones.


“My brother slept an hour, I had been on my feet without any sleep drying the house and looking after my terrified dogs. I pray for the other islands who have unimaginable damages and I don’t see how any dogs or any living being could have survived outside. My heart goes out to them.”

Since her initial Facebook post, Chella has received an outpouring of support. A fundraising initiative has exceeded its $20,000 goal by five times.


One of her supporters, Wilma Brown Johnson, wrote of Chella: “I have followed this earth angel for so long and all the work she does and lives she saves and the toll it takes on her tugs at my heart strings everyday. To see so many respond to help her after all the struggles she endures of trying to just get food has covered my soul with joy. Thank you to so many who has helped her. She is most deserving. She loves beyond her street dogs. Chella I’m just overwhelmed with happiness for you that finally you and your babies are getting much needed help.”


For Chella, her focus is on weathering the storm and finding families for the homeless dogs she looks after. “Each of my babies deserve to have loving homes, so please, I am begging for rescues to help them!”
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A mother dog was frantically trying to free her puppies after a home collapsed on top of her den and buried them beneath the rubble when Animal Aid Unlimited, India arrives to help.

As soon as the dog sees them she wags her tail frantically and she whines, asking them for help.

Although they fear the puppies might have already died, the mother dog must be sensing they were still alive because she signals where they need to look. She points her snout to the ground, egging rescuers on as they begin to lift rocks and bricks away.

She begins to frantically dig by their side – biting stones and pawing the dirt – showing them where to focus their attention. She makes sure they hurry as “she seemed to realize that they could suffocate at any moment.”

Rescuers and the mother dog takes turns digging to free her puppies.

After what seems forever, they finally hear a few whimpers from below. The puppies are covered with dirt but still breathing! The mama is so concerned and inspects each puppy as they pull them from the debris. She is relieved to have her puppies back.


After all the puppies were safe, this mama’s rescuers relocated her and her family to a safer place and promised to spay her after the pups are weened. Sadly, there are not enough resources or homes for street dogs such as this dog, but it is fortunate that there are rescue organizations like Animal Aid to monitor and take care of their well being.
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