Category: astronomy

Welcome January

Welcome January
Welcome January, and a New Year! Welcome bare trees and cold wind, ice and snow-covered sidewalks. Welcome buds on the branches, and increasing light with each passing day. Welcome to 2021. And maybe when you look back on the past year, you remember how just about a year ago, there was news of a new... Read more »

The Great Conjunction--December 21, 2020

The Great Conjunction--December 21, 2020
Approaching the winter solstice, there is also the Great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn  on December 21. You can read more about the Great Conjunction at Space.com. Jupiter takes less than 12 Earth years to complete an orbit around the sun.  Saturn takes more than 29 Earth years.  Every 20 years they come close to... Read more »

Phases of October Moons

Phases of October Moons
In the midst of these uncertain times, there is the ever-changing moon. Every night, a different face. Perhaps the most familiar is the round full moon. It is the bane of werewolves!  It is older than humans, and the inspiration of music and myth, stories, paintings, photographs and poetry. The month of October offers crisp clear... Read more »
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Super Spring Moon

Super Spring Moon
Signs of spring are everywhere now, and the moon grows fat and full.  Tuesday, April 7 will be a full moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The full moon on Tuesday night is also called the Pink Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, the Passover Moon, Paschal Moon, Hanuman Jayanti, and Bak... Read more »

Snow Moon Sunday

Snow Moon Sunday
As I write this, the sky is the color of snow, and snow is falling, big fat flakes.  Forecast is clouds and snow in Chicago, so we probably won’t see the full moon tonight . The full moon on Sunday February 9 is called the Snow moon, Hunger Moon, Bone Moon or Storm Moon. One... Read more »

What if there was no moon?

What if there was no moon?
This post was inspired by an article on Astronomy.com. You can read more here. We look up at the moon, and what do we see?  Do we see what poets saw, what astronomers in  Egypt and Persia saw thousands of years ago?  There are human footprints on the moon, now.  The moon is a muse,... Read more »
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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 »