1. History of the City of Paris

    Paris is an ancient city dating back at least to the Gallic tribe called the Parisii. This is where the modern name may be derived from. Later, the Roman's captured the city and called the settlement Lutetia. Here is a good summary, as well as visual reproductions, of what the city of Paris used to look like. https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/roman-lutetia-0013943…Read More

  2. The Night Sky for the Week of 7-5-20

    July is a great time to observe the summer sky. In the evening sky, the moon is still huge this week. On July 4th there was an lunar eclipse. To the moon's lower left, look for Jupiter and Saturn. The bright stars of summer Arcturus and Vega, continue to twinkle in the evening sky. Also in the evening sky, the Milky Way galaxy arch is visible. While the planet Venus and the bright star Aldebaran s…Read More

  3. 4th of July 2020 Weather Forecast

    Unfortunately, we aren't having any fireworks here in Lodi. But there will be a lunar eclipse on the night of July 4th. Here is the US national 4th of July weather forecast. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-forecasts/fourth-of-july-fireworks-forecast-how-will-weather-impact-the-views/767180…Read More

  4. Egypt Before the Pharoahs

    In the history of the world, the ancient Egyptians where probably the most advanced. Even in pre-dynastic Egypt, the people of Egypt already had very sophisticated belief systems. Also, they where master craftsman, as their stone working attests to. One example of this, are the stone diorite vases, which are made from one of the hardest stones on earth. https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history…Read More

  5. The Night Sky for the Week of 6-28-20

    The first week of summer is behind us. In the predawn sky the winter constellation of the Pleiades has returned accompanied by the winter star Aldebaran and the planet Venus. The evening sky features the bright summer stars Arcturus and Vega which continue to twinkle brightly. On the evening of the 4th of July, there will be a full moon (look below the moon for Jupiter and Saturn). But it also the…Read More

  6. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    The Lost Gardens of Heligan in the United Kingdom, are a very popular tourist attraction. Among its attractions, is the only remaining pineapple pit in Britain. These pits made it possible to grow pineapples in colder climates. Gardens are both art and science at the same time. https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/lost-gardens-heligan-rediscovering-centuries-old-paradise-009844…Read More

  7. Solar Eclipse on Summer Solstice 2020

    On the first day of summer June 20, 2020, there was a solar eclipse in part of the world. To have a solar eclipse on the summer solstice, is a rare event. Also, the sunrise on this day is a cause for celebration at Stonehenge in England. https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/stonehenge-solstice-0013878…Read More

  8. The Night Sky for the Week of 6-21-20

    It is now summer and the nights will start to get longer. In the dark evening southeast sky "the Betelgeuse of summer", Antares sparkles. Also, in the east is the star Vega. While the bright star Arcturus is the southern sky. The crescent moon is in western evening sky. Look for the twins Castor and Pollux close by. The moon will then join the constellation of Leo, later in the week in the evening…Read More

  9. Summer Forecast 2020

    Summer offically begins on Saturday. Here is the US summer weather forecast for 2020. California is going to be very hot. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-forecasts/accuweathers-2020-us-summer-forecast-hits-the-hot-spots-region-by-region/760166…Read More

  10. The Ancient Egyptian City of the Ra IWNW

    The Ancient Egyptian City of IWNW, the city of the Sun god Ra, was know as Heliopolis to the Greeks. In the Bible it is referred to as Bethshemesh. It was one of the most important centers of learning in ancient Egypt. In ancient Egyptian mythology it was connected to Atlantis. https://www.ancient-origins.net/history/atlantis-0013849…Read More