1. Astronomical Events for October 2021

    October is a slow month for major astronomy events. There are a couple of events, however. These include the Draconid meteor shower on October 8-9, an excellent Jupiter, Moon, and Saturn alignment on October 14, and finally, the Orionid meteor shower on October 20-21. https://www.accuweather.com/en/space-news/top-astronomy-events-october-2021/1024097…Read More

  2. The Beauty of Snowflakes

    Snowflakes are some of the most intricate and beautiful natural forms. No two snowflakes are alike. Photographer Nathan Myhrvold has captured some of the most beautiful snowflakes ever recorded. The Ice Queen photo is particularly striking. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/the-most-detailed-images-of-snowflakes-on-record/908528…Read More

  3. The Night Sky for the Week of 10-3-21

    In the October evening sky, look west for the remaining bright stars of summer Vega and Arcturus. Vega has been replaced as the Zenith star by the autumn star Deneb. In the southwestern evening sky, look for a brilliant Venus with a Crescent Moon above. The New Moon is on October 6th. Also, Jupiter and Saturn continue to sparkle in the southeastern evening sky. https://skyandtelescope.org/astronom…Read More

  4. Stone Circles and Maypoles

    Stone circles have been a mystery for many years. These stone circles are located throughout the world. They are widespread in northern Europe. These circles are also related to the Maypoles and the Maypole dance. Young women do the weaving dance around the Maypole. The stone circles in folklore represent petrified girls who danced around the Maypole. But there was a real-world link between Maypol…Read More

  5. The Night Sky for the Week of 9-26-21

    The longer nights of fall and milder temperatures make for fantastic night sky viewing. First, look for a brilliant Jupiter and Saturn in the southeastern evening sky. Then, about an hour after dark, look for a big waning gibbous moon (the last-quarter moon is on Tuesday). The remnants of summer, such as the bright star Arcturus, also hang around for a little while in the western evening sky. At t…Read More

  6. Summer Snow for Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

    Parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming have had a summer snowstorm. The area included the beautiful Yellowstone National Park. This late summer and early autumn snowfalls are not uncommon for these higher altitude areas. https://www.accuweather.com/en/winter-weather/summer-snow-creates-wintry-scenes-around-yellowstone/1020336…Read More

  7. The Season of Autumn

    The season of autumn has been celebrated for thousands of years. For example, autumn is marked in England by the festival of Lammas on the equinox. Lammas means "loaf-mass" because of the association with the fall harvest. The equinox is the day when both the day and night are 12 hours in length. This year autumn begins on September 22. Another fall holiday is Halloween.…Read More

  8. The Night Sky for the Week of 9-19-21

    The season of Autumn begins this week on September 22. This season is marked in the northern sky by Cassiopeia climbing higher and the Big dipper sinking. In the southeastern evening sky, look for a brilliant Jupiter, Saturn, and the gibbous moon in Capricornus. The full moon is on Monday the 20th. In addition, look for the bright summer star Arcturus twinkling in the western evening sky. https://…Read More

  9. Locating the Andromeda Galaxy

    You can locate the famous M31 Andromeda, the spiral galaxy next to our own Milky Way, in the fall night sky, with a small telescope. On a dark night, you look north and find the brightest star in Cassiopeia, Schedar, which points to the Andromeda galaxy. https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/how-to-find-the-andromeda-galaxy-in-the-night-sky/SJnrxFI0 and https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/2-…Read More

  10. The Temple of Diana in Portugal

    The World Heritage Site of Evora in Portugal contains the Roman-built Temple of Diana, goddess of the Moon. She was also the goddess of the hunt. The ancient temple has a well-manicured garden next to it. https://www.ancient-origins.net/history/evora-0015803…Read More