Tag: solstice

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 »

The light of twilight

The light of twilight
Around the summer solstice,  the tilted orbit of our earth around the sun brings early morning light  and lingering evenings. These are the longest days and shortest nights in the Northern Hemisphere. This is also the time of twilight, the light of  dusk and dawn. Did you know there are three designations of twilight?  NOAA defines twilight this... Read more »

What is the difference between meteorological summer and astronomical summer?

Today is the first day of meteorological #summer. Why meteorologists have their own seasons: https://t.co/jAeMsxMW9S pic.twitter.com/9XsNPmOupK — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) June 1, 2016   Note–This post is a response to a question posed by fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Margaret Serious. You can read her post here. Meteorologists define summer as the months of June, July... Read more »
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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
Solstice greetings, gentle readers. The solstice on December 21 marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of what we call astronomical winter. It also means the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere, and summer  in Antarctica! The solstice occurs at the same time  for everyone, everywhere on Earth. For those of... Read more »

12 Gifts of Winter

Welcome to winter, Chicago–you forgot what it’s like, didn’t you?  Well, winter came early this year, JUST LIKE THE FARMERS ALMANAC PREDICTED!!!!!   You may remember I wrote a post about that, back in August, was it? Anyway, it was in the middle of a heat wave. Who wanted to think about snowpants then?! Well,... Read more »