It's that time again, the beginning of a new month when we share a link with you where you can see what's going on when you look up in the night skies. Just click here for the March 2020 sky report. And don't forget, coming up a little later this month is the Spring Equinox as well!
For your viewing pleasure, click here for the monthly night sky report...what to see when you look up during the month of February. There's a lot happening with the moon and planets for all you "stargazers" out there. Enjoy!
Winter Solstice is tonight in the northern hemisphere, representing the return of the light, as the days slowly get a little longer, the nights a little shorter (of course, for those living in the southern hemisphere, it is now summer). Solstice comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (stand still), as it seems for these few days around the solstice that the sun, indeed, seems to stand still in the sky. For more facts and folklore about this special time of year, click on this link from The Old Farmer's Almanac. For many pantheists, it's a time of celebration with lights, bonfires, night walks followed by sipping hot drinks with friends and family. For some, it's also tied in with more traditional Christmas activities. Enjoy your day and this holiday season, however you may celebrate.
It's that time again....a new month and time to see what Nature is bringing us in the night skies for December. To quote Mother Nature Network, "'Tis the season of giving, and this night sky is saving some of its biggest gifts for last." There's a full moon, the Geminids meteor shower, the Ursids meteor shower, and, of course, the WInter Solstice! Read more about it by clicking here. Enjoy!
What better way to remember Carl Sagan on Carl Sagan Day (also his birthday) than watching this clip about the "Pale Blue Dot"....and taking to heart his words about our responsibility to "preserve and cherish" this earth, our only home, as well as to be kind to one another. Inspirational words from this astronomer, cosmologist, author, etc., born November 9, 1934, died December 20, 1996).
The Pale Blue Dot
Today commemorates the birthday of Edmond Halley, astronomer, mathematician, physicist, etc., but probably best known for discovering "Halley's Comet." For lots more info on the interesting life and contributions of this Astronomer Royal, click on this article from the EarthSky website.
For all you stargazers out there, here's what's happening in the November night skies....including the rare event of the transit of Mercury, along with viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, the Leonid meteors. There's some other good info in this Washington Post article, too. Enjoy!
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