Tag: Orion

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 »

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 »

Winter has Arrived!

Cold, snow, and more cold. Sounds a lot like winter across the Midwest. pic.twitter.com/fee7ZZgU7h — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) December 7, 2016 Winter has arrived,  with snow and cold, boots and  hoodies, and  early sunsets.  Yes, it gets dark at 4:20 in the afternoon these days. December 3-15  are the earliest sunsets of the year, here. December Solstice (Winter... Read more »
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Orion, the Hunter

Orion,  the Hunter
Sirius, also known as the dog star, and the star of the  Dog Days of summer is back again. You can find Sirius faithfully beside Orion, the Hunter. The star of the winter constellations,  Orion is visible in the winter sky  from November to February.  Look for  Orion  to rise above the eastern horizon about  8-9... Read more »