1. The Night Sky for the Week of 9-29-19

    There is more night sky viewing time, as the autumn nights are getting noticeable longer. Arcturus shines in the west after dark, while in the southwest the planet Jupiter continues to sparkle. The Milky band extends up from the southwest as well, arching magnificently across the sky towards the northeast horizon. But you have to be in a really dark location to see it. The moon is starting to grow…Read More

  2. Ancient Egyptian Planetary Observations

    Here is an interest theory that the ancient Egyptians may have known the distance between certain planets in the solar system. The Egyptians where very advanced in mathematics and geometry. They also had vast astronomical knowledge. https://www.ancient-origins.net/opinion/did-ancient-egyptians-know-distance-between-inner-planets-001841…Read More

  3. Spring Snow for Australia

    It is now spring in Australia, but they are still getting snow. It looks extraterrestrial, not to mention cold. https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/o7rbpsmn…Read More

  4. The Sky for the Week of 9-22-19

    Fall begins on Sunday at 3:50 a.m. EDT. This is the time of the September equinox. Deneb is now the zenith star in the evening sky. In the predawn sky a crescent moon is right below part of the Leo constellation that is shaped like a sickle. It is harvest time, here on earth. https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-september-20-28/…Read More

  5. The History of the Golden Ratio

    The golden ratio (1.61803399) occurs in nature and has been used in architecture for millennia. The ancient Egyptians thought it was pleasing to the eye. We deeply value both history and mathematics, here at Athena Preparatory. https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/golden-ratio-sacred-number-links-past-present-001091…Read More

  6. Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

    Here is one of the lesser known solar festivals. It is called the Mid-Autumn Festival and is celebrated in the far east. This festival also has a lunar aspect in that the Chinese Moon Goddess Chang'e  plays a significant part in the festivals story and also round "mooncakes" are consumed. https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/mid-autumn-festival-0012574…Read More

  7. The Night Sky for the Week of 9-15-19

    The earlier sunsets make for a longer night sky. The moon is rising below the square of Pegasus. While the constellation of the Big Dipper has partially dipped below the horizon. Mercury, Venus, and Mars are not visible at this time. After sunset, Jupiter shines brightly in the south-southwest. Saturn is to the upper left of Jupiter. Enjoy the view. https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-w…Read More

  8. Harvest Moon 2019

    It is harvest time, so the full moon this month is the harvest moon. This year the September full moon occurs on Friday the 13th. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/harvest-moon-to-glow-bright-on-friday-the-13th/532067…Read More

  9. Fall Weather

    It may not be fall yet, but it feels like here in Lodi. But it is going to get hot again at the end of the week. Enjoy. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/coolest-weather-in-months-to-settle-over-western-us-into-midweek/531057…Read More

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

    We are having some fall weather here in Lodi. Jupiter and Saturn sparkle in the evening sky. While the brightest stars of summer, Vega and Arcturus, twinkle brightly overhead. The moon continues to grow. It will be a full harvest moon on Friday. Enjoy the view. https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-september-6-14/…Read More