Winter Solstice Brings Longest Night, Warm Comforts

You can kiss the fall goodbye starting at 5:03 p.m. (CST) tonight. That’s when the Sun arrives at its southernmost point in the sky in the constellation Sagittarius. For those of us in the northern hemisphere it rises late, never climbs very high in the south and sets early, making today the shortest day and…
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Quasars Mysteriously Align Across Billions Of Light Years

Quasar. One of the coolest words ever. It’s really shorthand for “quasi stellar radio source”. When radio telescopes were developed in the latter half of the 20th century, astronomers eagerly used them to find new objects in the sky, many invisible in visible light. One of the things they found were these star-like objects glowing…
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Summer Solstice 2014 – Welcome To Iced Tea, Mosquitos And BBQ

It’s all about the sun. Always has been, always will be. Our lives depend upon the unstoppable nuclear fire that burns in its heart. At no time of year do we feel closer to that fire than at the summer solstice, when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky in the northern hemisphere.…
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Happy Equinox! Time To Tip Your Hat To Earth’s Tipped Axis

Such a beautiful flower. Look as hard as you like and you won’t find a single one in my town where more than two feet of snow still blankets the good brown earth. I’m not worried. Two weeks from now, the spring sun will reduce it all to puddles. Today’s the vernal equinox, the start…
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Daylight Forces The Hand Of Night As We Surge Toward Spring

It happens every mid-winter. I wake up earlier and earlier, unconsciously responding to the daylight that spills beneath the window shade as the pace of the season quickens. We’ve been putting seconds and minutes in our sunny-day piggy bank every since the winter solstice last Dec. 21. Those deposits are now accumulating rapidly as February…
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