Category: astronomy

Mysterious glowing object spotted over Chicago area

Mysterious glowing object spotted over Chicago area
Tuesday, June 18—There were many reports of a mysterious glowing object in the sky over the Chicago area after the fog cleared in the afternoon today. Witnesses reported the object was so bright it hurt to look at it. Some had vague memories of seeing it before, but weeks of rain and fog had muddled their... Read more »

Full Moon and Equinox

Full Moon and Equinox
Mark your calendars– the vernal equinox  is coming on March 20, and the start of astronomical spring in the Northern hemisphere.  Lighter days are here again. And there will be a full moon on the night of the equinox! This full moon of March is called the worm moon, or the rising sap moon,  associations of spring... Read more »

December Lights

December Lights
Approaching the winter solstice, these are the shortest days. In fact, the earliest sunsets of the year occur before the winter solstice! In Chicago, the earliest sunsets are happening now. From December 3 to December 13, the sun sets at 4:19 pm. This is our season of lights– holiday lights, streetlights, the lights of peoples’ phones.  In... Read more »
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Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox
The Wheel of the Year  turns. It’s now just past the Autumn Equinox in the northern Hemisphere. The exact time was September 22 at 8:54 PM, CDT.  You can read more about the Autumn Equinox here. And it has been feeling autumnal lately–cool mornings, clear blue sky, the light ripe and gold. It’s the season of... Read more »

How you can see the longest lunar eclipse of the century

How you can see the longest lunar eclipse of the century
Today, July 27 will be a full moon, a blood moon, and the longest lunar eclipse of this century! No, the eclipse won’t be visible in Chicago, or North America, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t see it here.  Thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are several places that will be streaming the... Read more »

Summer Solstice 2018

Summer Solstice 2018
Our journey around the sun continues, and the June solstice is almost here. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, this means astronomical summer begins.    This year summer solstice falls on June 21 at 5:07 a.m.  CDT. The sun appears at its northernmost point in our sky, along the Tropic of Cancer. This is... Read more »
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Super blue blood moon--January 31

Super blue blood moon--January 31
The full moon on January 31  will be a triple treat  of lunar delights–a supermoon, a blue  moon and a blood moon! What is a supermoon?  When the moon makes its closest approach to earth in a lunar month, it’s called a perigee moon. The perigee full moon is also called a supermoon.  The moon does appear larger... Read more »

Full Moon Rising Sunday Night

Full Moon Rising Sunday Night
The first  full moon of winter will occur on Sunday, December 3.  It is called the Frost Moon, the Cold Moon, or the Long Nights Moon.  This full moon will also be a perigee full moon–and  a supermoon! Perigee describes the moon’s closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth for a given month. When the moon... Read more »

The Hunter's Moon and Orion the Hunter

The Hunter's Moon and Orion the Hunter
November’s full moon will be on the night of November 3-4.  The moon will  rise at 6:01 p.m. on Friday and set on Saturday at 7:42 a.m.  It should be magnificent! This full moon  goes by many names.  Native Americans called the full moon of November  the beaver moon, or the frost moon, or the... Read more »
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Otsukimi, Sputnik and the harvest moon

Otsukimi, Sputnik and the harvest moon
The full autumn moon is considered to be the most beautiful moon of the year in China and Japan. It is the first full moon after the autumn equinox,  also known as the harvest moon.  This year, the harvest  moon falls on October 5.  You can read more about the harvest moon, here. Tsukimii or Otsukimi, is the... Read more »