1. History of the Constellations

    People, throughout time, have been dividing the stars into patterns called constellations. These constellations were then used to tell society's mythological stories. The Lascaux Caves in France are probably the oldest depictions of the constellations in prehistory. Currently, there are 88 recognized constellations that are based on the Greek constellations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constella…Read More

  2. Weather for Lodi 7-24-22

    Last week was an absolute scorcher with triple-digit highs. However, the high temperatures should decrease in the coming week to the mid to high 90s. https://www.kcra.com/weather. https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/lodi/95240/july-weather/331965.…Read More

  3. The Night Sky for the Week of 7-24-22

    Look high in the west after dark to the bright star Arcturus. As summer wanes, it will move lower in the evening sky. The constellation of Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) is to its right. On the morning of July 25, look east-northeast for the moon pointing down to a very bright planet Venus. The New Moon is on Thursday, July 28. Enjoy the darker skies this week. https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-n…Read More

  4. British Mummies

    Prehistoric bog mummies have been discovered in Britain. These mummies were found at Cladh Hallan. The bodies date back as far as 1600 BC. Bog mummies have also been found in Europe. https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/frankenstein-mummies-00971…Read More

  5. Weather for Lodi 7-17-22

    The hot weather will continue this week in Lodi. Our high temperatures should decline from around 100F to the mid-90s at the end of the week. Stay cool! https://www.kcra.com/weather…Read More

  6. The Night Sky for the Week of 7-17-22

    The summer stars start twinkling after dark, looking high in the east for the brightest Vega; in the southwest, look for the bright star Arcturus. Forty-five minutes before sunrise on July 16, look for a waning moon in Capricornus, and above it is the bright planet Saturn. From July 18-22 in the predawn sky, observe the moon close to Mars and Jupiter in the southeast. The last-quarter moon is on T…Read More

  7. The Month of July

    The month of July is named in honor of the Roman general Julius Caesar. He was born during this month. July is the warmest month in the northern hemisphere. The Zodiac signs for July are Cancer (before July 22) and Leo (from July 23). The July birthstone is ruby, and the birth flower is Larkspur or Water Lily. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July…Read More

  8. Weather for Lodi 7-10-22

    This week is going to be a scorcher. The highs should be over 100F on Sunday and Monday. But it will cool off in the evening with lows around 64F. The rest of the week will not be as hot, with highs in the mid-90s. https://www.kcra.com/weather…Read More

  9. The Night Sky for the Week of 7-10-22

    July is a great month to view the stars of summer. Look high in the east after dark to see the brightest star of summer, Vega. Arcturus is another very bright star of summer, located high in the southwest sky after dark. Below Arcturus is the shining star Spica. The full moon is on Wednesday, and the full moon will rise around sunset. Before dawn, on July 14-16, the waning gibbous moon will join S…Read More

  10. Happy 4th of July 2022

    Happy 4th of July! This date marks the beginning of the United States of America. On this date in 1776, the 13 colonies adopted Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. The date has been sacrosanct to Americans ever since. The founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on the 50th anniversary of America's independence on July 4th, 1826. https://www.history.com/topics/holid…Read More