THE SUMMER SOLSTICE: Today is the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year. On this day, the Sun reaches it’s maximum northern declination of the year. Thus, this day is the winter solstice for the southern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year for the lands south of the equator. For a detailed… Continue reading


FALCON 9: A new era of American space flight has dawned with the successful crew launch of the Dragon capsule. The Falcon 9 spacecraft corrects the 40 year mistake of the Space Shuttle program, and finally demonstrates the potential of the private development of space, This graphic compares the Falcon 9 to the Space Shuttle. As we know, in spaceflight,… Continue reading


After a prominent evening apparition, the bright planet VENUS is sinking toward the western horizon, as seen in the evenings after sunset. After appearing as the “Evening Star” since wintertime, Venus will vanish into the sunset and be lost in the Sun’s glare for about a week. After that it will emerge from the sunrise, becoming visible as the “Morning… Continue reading


AMERICAN ECLIPSE! WHERE WILL YOU BE FOUR YEARS FROM TODAY??? Hopefully you will be in CLEVELAND, OHIO or one of many other fine locations along the path of totality. This well be the second total solar eclipse of the AMERICAN ECLIPSE CENTURY. Others will follow in 2044, 2045, 2052, 2071, 2078 and 2099. It’s not too early to start making… Continue reading


HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE? If you’re an American and you missed totality in 2017, you probably have not! No, it’s NOT a partial solar eclipse! No, it’s NOT a lunar eclipse! Once you see a total eclipse of the Sun, you’ll never forget! And you’ll have a chance four years from today! April 8, 2024. Continue reading

Get Ready for the ’20s!

Another decade has passed quickly and here we are on the threshold of yet another.  For those of us “of a certain age,” it’s kind of mind-blowing that the ’20s are here again, and that the decade of “the Roaring ’20s” is already a century gone by.  My grandmother told me stories of her days as a Flapper who danced… Continue reading

Saturn in Folklore

A Moral Reflection at the close of the last Year” Seventeen hundred and eighty is now forever past; Seventeen hundred eighty one will fly away as fast. But whether life’s uncertain scene shall hold an equal pace; Or whether Death shall come between, and end our mortal race; Or whether sickness, pain or health, our future lot shall be; Or… Continue reading

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