Category Archives: Seasons

Winter Solstice, Bedtime Math, and Meridian Calendars

Tomorrow is the winter solstice for my location in North America, and then the Sun can begin its northward journey along the horizon and the days can lengthen again. For “Everything you need to know: winter solstice 2012,” see this … Continue reading

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Happy Groundhog Day!

While kids may enjoy Groundhog Day because of the legendary cute, furry critter, you can also point out that this day is an astronomical holiday. It is roughly the midpoint between the December Solstice and the March Equinox.

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Revolution Resolutions

Even though I’m still in denial that it is in fact December, Christmas and New Year’s Day are almost upon us. People have a lot on their minds at this time of year, and one of those things might be … Continue reading

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The Sun’s Southward Journey

You may have noticed that it is getting darker earlier now. Today we’ll discuss a simple project to help you experience this phenomenon more fully and, as my undergrad astronomy professor would say, “feel connected to the universe!” Quiz time: … Continue reading

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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall, everybody! Or, rather, everybody in the northern hemisphere. Southern Hemispherians: Happy Spring to you! Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox. Your calendar usually just says “Fall Begins” or “First Day of Fall.” So what does that mean? Yesterday, the … Continue reading

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