Category Archives: Astronomy

Autumn Equinox and Equal Night

On September 22, the Autumnal Equinox, fall “officially” arrives here in the Northern Hemisphere (although the Southern Hemisphere marks the return of spring). The sun rises due east and sets due west, shining directly on the Equator. Both hemispheres experience nearly equal … Continue reading

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Perseids Are Here!

A spectacular Perseid meteor shower is upon us, until August 14. The skies are especially dark during this phase of the new moon, its slender crescent just peeking above the horizon toward dawn. This only occurs every couple or three years, due to the … Continue reading

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First Day of Fall

How appropriate that it rained the night before the equinox! Ushering in the first few hints of autumn, the showers brought some cooler weather, falling leaves, and the heartbreaking change of light that comes this time of year. Now, nights … Continue reading

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Oh, My Stars!

Last weekend B. and I explored yet another in our plethora of local attractions: the Robert Ferguson Observatory, in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Located in Kenwood, off Highway 12, this gorgeous park affords many opportunities for hiking, camping, and yes, … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice: On the Distance of the Stars

This week brings with it some auspicious dates: December 21st is the Winter Solstice – the year’s shortest day and longest night, when the sun hits its southernmost point in the sky – and, according to some, the end of … Continue reading

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Perseid meteor shower

Last week, B. and I, clad in layers of fleece, down, and wool, headed out to watch the Perseid meteor shower. This stream of cosmic debris, stretched along the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle, is named for the point it … Continue reading

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Watching the Eclipse

Watching the eclipse in sunny, hot Redding, California – the point of optimum viewing and site of Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge – with B. and others sprawled out on lawns and bridges, I felt a rare moment of my own alignment … Continue reading

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