New year, new moon

New year, new moon
moon phases

Happy New year!  2019  on the calendar, a new page, unmarked as fresh-fallen snow.

And the new moon on January 5 is the first new moon after the winter solstice. It is the first new moon of the new year on the Western (Gregorian) calendar.

Chinese new year will be on February 5, 2019. This year will be the Year of the Pig.  It is a spring festival, and a major celebration. It marks the first new moon of the first month on the Chinese (lunar) calendar.

But this is the first week of January, and spring–even Ground Hog Day, which is about halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox,  is a month away. Right now, people are waiting for winter. January brings it–the cold, the wind, the snow!  Historically,  the coldest days of the year  occur in January in Chicago.

So here we are, walking in this weather, which seems almost springlike in the rain. We know colder days are coming.  Here is the forecast from Tom Skilling.

Still,  we feel the possibility of new things, a chance to begin again.

I found  a wonderful article on thin crescent moons in Sky & Telescope. You can read it here.




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  • The Year of the Pig? Time for Miss Piggy and Porky Pig to celebrate?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Happy New Year, AW! Yes, it's Miss Piggy's year, or she would say so--Earth Pig is yin (female) year--kind and thoughtful, down-to-earth, etc. Thanks for reading!

  • Hello there, I thought for sure when the storm came yesterday we were in for it, but behold, it melted away. Maybe we will skip snow entirely this year.

  • In reply to artemortifica:

    Thank you for reading. Yes, we missed the worst of that storm here, and the snow wasn't too heavy and wet.
    But there's more snow on the way....

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