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Greetings, and welcome once again to the world of The Answer Gang, give or take that incredible moon we have spinning round it. If you missed the lunar eclipse I'm sorry to hear it, the time in shadow looks only a smidge brighter than a new moon, and the red penumbra is... well, if you're a Peanuts fan I suppose the Great Pumpkin really did rise over the patch this year, only a few days off.
Far from being the "final frontier" in the space of open source, a trip to freshmeat.net's Astronomy topic shows more cool apps for astronomy fans than you can spot with a telescope. The night may be an ephemeral thing, but I say go enjoy it sometime this month. Look outward, upward, and remember there's a reason your cellphone works, we can get IRC in half our deserts, and ships actually get to where they're going while carrying the trade goods of all nations.
Politics aside, it's a smaller world than we think. We could use a few more of them, but so far, it's the only one we've got. Sharing's a good thing - and the typical open sorceror knows this without thinking about it. I'm glad we've a few juicy threads to share with you this month. Enjoy!