The planet Jupiter is the very bright “star” near the Full Moon tonight, February 3. After nightfall tonight, be sure to go outside and take a look! (FYI, the Moon passes Jupiter every other month of the year, but only when Jupiter is near opposition does the FULL MOON pass Jupiter. At this time, both the Moon and Jupiter … Continue reading
The days begin to get longer in January as the Sun increases in declination, rising higher in the noon sky and having a more northerly amplitude at sunrise and sunset.
The winter solstice is this Sunday. What does that mean, exactly? It means several things, actually.
The Second “Blood Moon” of the Tetrad The lunar eclipse of October 8 has been hailed as the “second Blood Moon” of the current tetrad of lunar eclipses. We discussed this in a previous article in which we analyzed the circumstances of this eclipse tetrad and expressed doubt as to this being a meaningful event with respect to eschatology and … Continue reading
“Blood Moon”? An eclipse of the Moon occurs when the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow. The best eclipses are when the Moon enters the Earth’s umbra, or full shadow. There is a stage of every partial and total eclipse when the Moon passes through the penumbra, or partial shadow of the Earth. This stage is hard to even notice, and … Continue reading