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At Aphelion

Of all the astronomical terms for our seasonal events, solstice and equinox are hands-down the most familiar and popular. Meantime perihelion and aphelion are much less familiar to us and are rarely the subjects for casual conversation. This is probably … Continue reading

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Scrutinizing The Solstice

Here in the Great Plains, the main topic of small talk is the weather.  My fellow Nebraskans seem to take extreme pleasure in grousing about the Winter.  I have a sneaking suspicion that many Nebraskans would grumble about the consistency … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice

Depending upon where you live, today is the beginning of the coldest season or the start of the hottest time of year. It’s also the reason for the seasonal celebrations of our culture. The December solstice marks the shortest day … Continue reading

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Happy Jul

‘Tis the time of the year to toast the season with shouts of joy and skoal!  Many of us know this time of year as Yuletime, Yuletide and celebrate the Yule.  In Scandinavia and many germanic areas, It is Jul … Continue reading

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Merry Beiwe Festival

The other day I spotted an amusing visual on Facebook.  It showed a drawing of the Earth tilted to illustrate the Solstices.  The caption read, “Don’t forget the reason for the season, the tilt of earth’s axis.”  After a good … Continue reading

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Equinox Today

I enjoy keeping track of the orbital events of our home planet.  Each of the markers of the year’s four quarters have kept me fascinated for as long as I can remember.  Perhaps it’s because of my Scandanavian heritage?  In … Continue reading

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2011 Swan Song

“It’s not a big deal for me, it’s just another day.”  I have a few friends who respond with a similar phrase whenever I ask how they plan to spend a special day.  It could be their birthday, Valentine’s Day, … Continue reading

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