Solstice Fires

Winter solstice 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 5:02 AM (10:02 UTC) on Monday, December 21. What can I say about solstices or the winter solstice specifically that I haven’t said in years past? You’ve probably seen photos of neo-Pagans celebrating at Stonehenge or elsewhere with the solstice sunrise. That’s a kind of … Continue reading Solstice Fires

Make a Viking Toast for the Winter Solstice

There will be about 9 hours and 20 minutes of daylight today in Paradelle. It’s partly sunny but below freezing outside. Some people mark the Winter Solstice with celebration. Optimists, like the ancients, didn’t think of today as the longest night of the year as much as it as the turning point after which nights … Continue reading Make a Viking Toast for the Winter Solstice

Solstice Fireballs

As is often the case here in December, viewing conditions for watching meteor showers recently for the Geminids were lousy – clouds and rain. There’s another chance this week for a smaller event. The annual Ursid meteor shower was visible to some starting earlier this week (clouds and rain for me again) but it typically … Continue reading Solstice Fireballs

Full Moon, Solstice and Meteors

I will be traveling over the weekend and away from my computer, so I’m giving an early post about three upcoming celestial observations . Saturday, December 22, 2018 is our final full moon of the year and it occurs less than a day after the Winter solstice. That is close enough that to most people … Continue reading Full Moon, Solstice and Meteors

It’s the Solstice. Welcome to Winter.

The June solstice may be the the official jump into summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but today kicks off winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Isn’t that amazing? Summer slipped in at 10:07 AM UTC which is 6:07 AM in Paradelle (EDT) and I slept through it. It was near sunrise in the Americas, but noon … Continue reading It’s the Solstice. Welcome to Winter.

Strawberries for the Solstice

The Summer Solstice for 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere happened here at 12:24 AM EDT today, Wednesday, June 21.  Did you miss it? I was still awake, but I didn’t feel anything odd. Due to those manmade time zones, it happened yesterday Tuesday, June 20, at 9:24 PM on the other coast. And it is … Continue reading Strawberries for the Solstice