A Semicolon Conjunction Of Venus And The Moon

The semicolon may be the most misunderstand and least used of the punctuation marks. Periods and commas are a dime a dozen. Exclamation points are overused. But when and where do you stick a semicolon? A semicolon looks like a period stacked on top of a comma and is used to separate two related sentences…
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Have A Very Merry Christmas, Earth

We celebrate Christmas today on a ball of rock 7,917 miles wide. Depending on your latitude, or how far north or south of the equator you live, you’re spinning with the planet anywhere from a mile an hour near the poles to 1,041 mph at the equator. Earth in turn orbits the sun. Its average…
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What’s Happening To Betelgeuse? Observers Report It’s Unusually Faint

Betelgeuse in Orion is one of the brightest stars in the sky. The 10th brightest if you check the list, but that’s only an average because its light isn’t constant. Instead, Betelgeuse is a variable star with a brightness that varies from about magnitude 0.2 — nearly the equal of Rigel in the knee of Orion…
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Follow The Old Moon To Christmas

With winter’s late-rising sun we’ve been treated to so many beautiful sunrises these past weeks. It’s been too easy to get out of bed around 7:30 and just look out the window. Even before rising, the coming sun reddens the underbellies of any clouds present or fashions a feather of light from minute ice crystals…
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Swing Low Sweet Sun, Winter Starts Dec. 21!

Winter is coming! Wait, it’s been here since November, right? For many of us it certainly feels that way. I’ve been shoveling snow and chipping ice for the past six weeks. Ready or not the season’s official start begins at 10:19 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, December 21. On the first day of summer, the sun…
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