EYES TO THE SKY November 13 – 26, 2017

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Make it a habit, teach it to the young: lift your eyes to the sky and linger there a moment whenever you go outdoors. Whether to take a breath of fresh air or on your way somewhere, cultivate a three-dimensional view of your surroundings; include the sky in your awareness. Where the heavens meet the […]

EYES TO THE SKY November 1 – November 12, 2017

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On the wheel of the year, four astronomical events are pivotal: the fall and spring equinoxes and the winter and summer solstices. Known as “quarter days,” they mark culminations and turning points in the changing relationship of planet Earth to our Sun. Quarter days mark the swing from times of equal day and night to […]

EYES TO THE SKY October 16 – 29, 2017

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We’re coming up on the mid-point between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice – and we’re just letting go of summer! The only reason I mention it now, considering that it is three weeks from the posting date of this column, is that these are the final three weeks of Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), ridiculously […]

October 2 – 15, 2017

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The International Space Station (ISS), a research satellite that orbits planet Earth with astronaut scientists aboard, appears as a brilliant star-like object moving silently and rather quickly across the sky, best seen at dawn or dusk. Recently, while looking up at twilight to see bright Saturn in the southwest, the ISS came into view in […]

EYES TO THE SKY September 19-October 1, 2017

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The season began to change slowly, and then fast; darkness falls early. Summer’s longest days, shortest nights have edged to equal daylight and darkness. The Autumnal Equinox occurs on Friday the 22nd at 4 p.m. Sunrise and sunset times are around 12 hours apart for the rest of the month. From September 1 through early […]

Today, August 21, 2017, The Great American Eclipse

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At about 1:15pm, go outdoors to check for clear skies and to take a deep breath in recognition that today, Monday the 21st of August 2017, is a rare day under the Sun. We will see an unusual meeting of celestial bodies, which promises to feel like the “music of the spheres.” With eyes shielded […]

EYES TO THE SKY August 14 – 20, 2017

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Daybreak comes late enough these days to avail ourselves of the beauty of planet Venus as the shining Morning Star. This week, by 5:20am, look to the east about 20 degrees above the horizon, still rather high. The goddess planet is visible until about 5:45am if you know where to look. Be aware that sunrise […]

EYES TO THE SKY July 24 – August 6, 2017

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In parks, greenways and the countryside, feel the gentle air where fireflies lift, dip and blink to the bullfrog’s bellow and grey frog’s trill under a soft blue sky. Above the cityscape, too, half an hour after sunset, brilliant Jupiter is the first heavenly light turned on. While the sky is still blue, the planet […]

EYES TO THE SKY July 24 – August 6, 2017

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In parks, greenways and the countryside, feel the gentle air where fireflies lift, dip and blink to the bullfrog’s bellow and grey frog’s trill under a soft blue sky. Above the cityscape, too, half an hour after sunset, brilliant Jupiter is the first heavenly light turned on. While the sky is still blue, the planet […]

EYES TO THE SKY July 10 – 23, 2017

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Hold on! Hold on to the Sun! In the weeks since the summer solstice the northeast has been transformed. A great leafy uprising has spread over the land, drawn to seemingly ever-present sunlight. The green swell has been lifting for months, first in measured increments, now burgeoning. Bare forests have transformed in waves of unfurling […]