Astronomically the week ahead: September 10


We drew Florida as we stopped going down the coast from Maine to Connecticut (we forgot Vermont if anyone was noticiing). Now via Random.org we will be travelling all over the 50 states for the next year with the dailies being major towns within.

And on the note, one of our favorite towns Is Key West..Our featured photos is from here by Bill Clark.

Sunday September 10, 2017 Venus sextile Zeus 3:23AM EDT, Ceres enters sidereal Cancer 8:33AM EDT, Mars trine Juno 1:37PM EDT, Mercury parallel Mars 10:03PM EDT

Monday September 11, 2017 Mercury square Admetos 00:09AM EDT and sextile Apollon 6:54AM EDT, Venus contra-parallel Poseidon 11:57AM EDT, Pallas stations retrograde 1:48PM EDT, Mars trine Hygeia 4:42PM EDT

Tuesday September 12, 2017 Mercury conjunct Transpluto 1:46AM EDT, Mars parallel Transpluto 5:14PM EDT, Uranus contra-parallel Pallas 5:25PM EDT, Venus trine Saturn 8:49PM EDT

Wednesday September 13, 2017 Mars contra-parallel Juno 00:02AM EDT, Neptune square Selene 6:28AM EDT, Mercury contra-parallel Juno 8:19PM EDT, Venus conjunct north node 8:42PM EDT, Uranus quincunx Vesta 8:48PM EDT, Mercury parallel Transpluto 9:45PM EDT and trine Juno 10:22PM EDT, sun square Saturn 10:58PM EDT

Thursday September 14, 2017 Mars contra-parallel 1:33AM EDT, Mercury contra-parallel Pallas 1:26PM EDTand trine Astraea 1:54PM EDT, Venus trine Eris 3:20PM EDT

Friday September 15, 2017 sun quincunx south node 2:16AM EDT, Venus parallel north node 1:55PM EDT, Venus sextile Jupiter 3:43PM EDT, Venus enters sidereal Leo 6:27PM EDT, Mars parallel Uranus 8:09PM EDT

Saturday September 16, 2017 sun quincunx Eris 2:48AM EDT, Mercury parallel Uranus 7:01AM EDT, Jupiter enters sidereal Libra 8:21AM EDT, sun parallel Chiron 2:26PM EDT, Mercury conjunct Mars 3:01PM EDT, sun contra-parallel Eris 6:31PM EDT, Mercury sextile Hades 8:32PM EDT, Venus trine Cupido 9:35PM EDT, Mercury parallel Mars 10:37PM EDT

Sunday September 17, 2017 Venus quincunx Chiron 3:16AM EDT, Mars sextile Hades 3:37AM EDT, Venus square Sedna 4:57AM EDT, sun enters sidereal Virgo 12:53PM EDT, Uranus square Ceres 6:24PM EDT



KEY WEST (from the Spanish Cayo Hueso, (” Bone Reef “), a city, port of entry, and the county-seat of Monroe county, Florida, U.S.A.  It is situated on a small coral island (4|m. long and about i m. wide) of the same name,60 m. S. W.of Cape Sable, the most southerly point of the mainland.

In 1908 when the Eleventh Britannica was written, it was being connected by lines of steamers with Miami & Port Tampa in Florida and with Galveston, Texas, Mobile, Alabama, and Philadelphia and New York City by regular schooner lines.

There is now an extension of the Florida East Coast railway from Miami to Key West (155 m.). The population (1880), 9,890; (1890), 18,080; (1900), 17,114, of whom 7,266 were foreign-born and 5,562 were negroes; (1910 census), 19,945.Population today from 2010 census is 26,000 and 90% of the population has a high school degree.

The island is notable for its tropical vegetation and climate. The jasmine, almond, banana, cork and coco-nut palm are among the trees. The oleander grows here to be a tree, and there is a banyan tree, said to be the only one growing out of doors in the United States. There are many species of plants in Key West not found elsewhere in North America.

The mean annual temperature is 76 F., and the mean of the hottest months is 82-2 F.; the coldest months is 69 F.; thus, the mean range of temperature is 73 F. The precipitation is 35 in.; most of the rain falls in the rainy season” from May to November, and is preserved in cisterns by the inhabitants as their only supply of drinking water. The number of cloudy days per annum averages 60. The city occupies the highest portion of the island.

The harbour accommodates vessels drawing 27 ft.; vessels of 27-30 ft. draft can enter by either the ” Main Ship ” channel or the south-west channel; the south-east channel admits vessels of 25 ft. draft or less; and four other channels may be used by vessels of 15-19 ft. draft. The harbour is defended by Fort Taylor, built on the island of Key West in 1846, and improved and modernized after the Spanish-American War of 1898. Among the buildings are the United States custom house, the city hall, a convent, and a public library.

In 1869 the insignificant population of Key West was increased by Cubans who left their native island after an attempt at revolution; they engaged in the manufacture of tobacco, and Key West cigars were soon widely known. Towards the close of the 19th century this industry suffered from labour troubles, from Tampa, Florida, and then from commercial improvement in Havana, Cuba; but soon after 1900, the tobacco business of Key West began to recover.

Immigrants from the Bahama Islands form another important element in the population. They are known as “Conchs,” and engage in sponge fishing. In 1905 the value of factory products was $4,254,024 (an increase of 37-7% over the value in 1900); the exports in 1907 were valued at $852,457; the imports were valued at $994,472, the excess over the exports being because the food supply of the city is derived from other Florida ports and from the West Indies.

 

 

 

 

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