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Falling For Fall And Other Seasonal Deceits

The first trees are fired up in reds and oranges, and the tomato vines have withered to brown. I like that the sun sets so much earlier and rises fashionably late. Darkness has nibbled more than 4 hours from the day since the first day of summer, and it won’t stop noshing till the winter…
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The waning gibbous moon way up high in a deep blue sky around 7 this morning. Credit: Bob King

Good Day, Moon

When my kids were little we often read the bedtime story Goodnight Moon about a child saying goodnight to everything in the room. It usually helped to settle and ready them for a night’s sleep. The moon is usually a creature of the night, but at certain times of year, it also stalks the day. When stepping…
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What a deal - two full moons in a month!  Traditionally, the second of the two is called a Blue Moon. Watch for it tonight and tomorrow night.  Credit: Gregory H. Revera with toning by the author

Blue Moon Madness Strikes Tonight

Are you ready for the Blue Moon? Traditionally named for the second full moon in a month, Blue Moons happen every 2-3 years on average. Our first full moon occurred on July 2 and the second happens early tomorrow morning across the Americas. Because the moment full moon happens precisely at 5:42 a.m. CDT Friday, it will appear…
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Venus Returns, Joins Exceptionally Young Moon Tonight

Have you noticed something missing lately? Venus has been absent from view since late last summer. We last saw it struggling against the solar glare at dawn. Now, just in time for the holidays, Venus is returning to the evening sky, low in the southwest after sundown. Tonight there’s even a chance to see it…
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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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