1. The Night Sky for the Week of 6-14-20

    This is the last week of spring. The large red star Antares, the Betelgeuse of summer, is now visible in the southeast after dark. In the southern sky Arcturus sparkles. Also, look for the bright and dominate star Vega in the eastern sky. This week the moon is a thin crescent and is accompanied by the planet Venus, in the predawn sky. The week concludes with the Summer solstice on Saturday. https:…Read More

  2. Megalithic Standing Stones in Europe

    There are many mysterious standing stones and other Megalithic structures throughout Europe. Many of the stones are gigantic. They are beautiful monuments to whoever built them. https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/european-standing-stones-0013824…Read More

  3. The Night Sky for the Week of 6-7-20

    Summer is almost here. Unofficially, we have been have summer weather here in Lodi. It has been hot. But at night our galaxy, the Milky Way, is visible in the eastern sky. In the southern night sky look for the closest star to our solar system, Alpha Centauri, in the early evening sky. While in the southern predawn sky, look for bright planets Jupiter and Saturn. A small telescope will make four o…Read More

  4. Strawberry Moon 2020

    The full moon this month is called the strawberry moon. It is the last full moon of spring. The names of the other full moons (most match events for that month) are also given in the following article. https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/tech/236755/strawberry-full-moon-june-spring-mead-honey/…Read More

  5. Crickets Can be a Thermometer

    You can roughly calculate the air temperature using cricket chirps. Nature is full of surprises. https://www.accuweather.com/en/accuweather-ready/accuweather-forecasters-school-of-weather/716916…Read More

  6. The Rosetta Stone

    The Rosetta Stone is one of the most important artifacts in western history. It allowed the French scholar Champollion to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and help to unlock many secrets of ancient Egypt. The Rosetta Stone currently is on display in the British museum. https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-writings/rosetta-stone-0013790…Read More

  7. The Night Sky for the Week of 5-31-20

    The moon is a waxing gibbous (the full moon is on Friday the 5th), in the evening sky. Below the moon is the bright star Spica. Cassiopeia is in its summer position low on the northern horizon. High above Cassiopeia is the north pole star Polaris. Some stars in the northern sky never set and have been considered imperishable, since time immemorial. Enjoy the warmer nights. https://skyandtelescope.…Read More

  8. Classical Mythology-Loki

    The god Loki is a Scandinavian god, who has complex characteristics. He is most famous for being a trickster and has complex relationship with the other Scandinavian gods and goddesses.  https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/enigmatic-loki-trickster-among-gods-norse-mythology-002484…Read More

  9. High Heat for the West

    We are having a heat wave. It is unusually early for Lodi to be so hot, this heat dome may set record highs for the month of May. Stay cool. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-forecasts/dome-of-heat-to-threaten-many-record-highs-across-western-us-this-week/744875…Read More

  10. The Night Sky for Week of 5-24-20

    It is a long weekend and there is much to see in the night sky. The planets Mercury and Venus are close together in the early western evening sky. A thin waxing crescent moon is close by Mercury and Venus. Also, the brightest star of spring Vega continues to sparkle in the eastern sky. Enjoy the view. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-may-22-30-2/…Read More