Robin Song, Slanted Earth, Must Be Spring

I really, truly heard my first robin today, the first day of spring. The lilting, see-saw song made me stop in my tracks; I just listened, soaking in the melody of the new season. Spring began overcast and early at 5:28 a.m. (CDT) in my neighborhood but has since turned sunny and surprisingly warm. I fear…
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Solstice Aurora And A Dawn Double Conjunction

Just a few hours ago, the sun reached its lowest point in the sky for the northern hemisphere at exactly 4:44 a.m. Central time (10:44 UT). The moment is known as the winter solstice and the official start of winter. It’s also the shortest day and longest night of the year. If night’s your thing, you’ll have…
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Venus Is A Backwards Planet

It’s fun to have Venus on the scene again. You can spot it at dusk very low in the northwestern sky starting about 20 minutes after sundown. Look for a solitary yellowish point of light struggling against the fading light of day. One fist to its upper left, you might see glimmering Mercury (it’s only magnitude +1) and…
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Stargazing On Mars

We’re stuck with Earth for now when it comes to stargazing. And despite the plague of light pollution, it’s still a pretty good planet for looking up. But thanks to planetarium-style software, we can easily jaunt off to Mars and get an inkling of what the night sky has to offer on a different planet.…
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Wow — First Day Of Summer And A Full Moon Too!

Stealthy summer has been advancing this way since December 22. That date marked the winter solstice or first day of winter, when the sun reached its lowest point in the sky in the northern hemisphere. Monday June 20th it will reach its highest point in the sky, officially marking the start of summer. Meteorological summer may have…
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