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  Richard’s Items: 1. Game On! 2016 Olympics Underway After Bumpy Start From Greg Ahrens: Brief analysis of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: When the cauldron was lit with the Olympic Flame and raised to its upmost position in front of the SPINNING mirror-chandelier, SIRIUS was at minus 33 degrees below the Southeast horizon from Rio de Janeiro. It was lit at 23:20 EDT 5 August 2016, 00:20 Rio Time, 03:20 UTC 6 August, (or maybe it was 19.5 minutes after the hour) The flaming cauldron was fully raised and the finale fireworks and lightshow on the stadium roof took place at 23:28 EDT, 00:28 Rio Time, 03:28 UTC. Note, the Games were officially declared open at 00:08 (12:08 AM) 6 August 2016 Rio Time. Contrast with the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan at 08:15 (UTC plus 9), Japan time 6 August 1945, 71 years ago to the day. The Opening Ceremonies and […]