You might think I’m a bit behind the times/curve in wishing you a Happy New Year. After all, we celebrated that 37 days ago.
You might think I’m getting a bit ahead of the times/curve/myself in wishing you a Happy New Year. After all, we won’t celebrate the lunar New Year for another 5 days. (I’d say, “Out with the rat!” with more enthusiasm if I didn’t have to also say, “In with the bull!” If there’s one thing of which we do not need more at the moment or for the coming year, it’s bull.)
But this one time I am perfectly attuned with the calendar and with the cosmos, as it turns out, because I’m wishing you a Happy Martian New Year: The start of #36. Well, #36 as Earthlings count time and counting only since we bothered to do so, starting in 1955 (Earth time) (Gregorian calendar). As far as those-who-know know, Mars is actually older than the Earth.
Mars takes 687 (Earth) days to orbit the Sun, so we don’t get to celebrate a Martian New Year every (Earth) year). À la Michael Palin, astronomical concepts make my brain hurt. And the whole question of whether it’s the same time on Mars as on Earth — whether there is any “now” — well, that’s better left to others.
” . . .by the time the signal of Curiosity hitting the top of Mars’ atmosphere has reached Earth, everything will be over on Mars.” [Emily Lakdawalla] waves her hands vaguely. “According to some mythical simultaneity thing.”
She adds: “That sort of works if you don’t think about it too hard. That’s not the kind of stuff I like to do. I’m a geologist; I like physical objects.”
So let’s not think about it too hard, and just enjoy the moment.
Um, the Mars moment? I guess.
Here’s a site about stuff to watch related to Perseverance’s landing.