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Winter Solstice

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  • On the matter of Civil Twilight

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Joe Bollinger, in Glen Burnie, asks: “What time did twilight begin and end on June 21st, and is the length of twilight the same on the winter solstice?” Civil Twilight begins when the center of the sun’s......
  • December brings total lunar eclipse

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:December arrives on Wednesday. It’s a busy month. The year’s earliest sunset occurs on the 8th as Sol drops below Baltimore’s western horizon at 4:43 p.m. The annual Geminid meteor shower – one of the...
  • Beautiful crescent moon tonight

     
    On Wednesday night we will witness the earliest sunset of the year, at 4:43 p.m. in Baltimore. We're also just two days past the new moon, and skies should be clearing. That means Tuesday and Wednesday evenings will be great times to pause......
  • Sunsets get later from now until June 28

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Cheer up! Your days will soon brighten – at least in the afternoon. Last night witnessed the earliest sunset of the year, at 4:43 p.m. EST in Baltimore. From today, our afternoons will begin to get longer......
  • More cold, more snow, then winter starts

     
    Do you remember what we were all doing a year ago on this date? Here's a hint: We were watching the weather forecasts as a weekend coastal storm threatened to dump heavy snow across the region on the night of......
  • A celestial trifecta on Tuesday

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:On Tuesday, Dec. 21, we will hit the celestial trifecta with three red-letter events on the same date. It begins with the first total lunar eclipse since 2008, and the last visible here (weather permitting) until 2014.......
  • November's here, winter looms

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:It’s always bittersweet to see November arrive. The last leaves drop this month, giving way to the bare branches that stand watch until March. Snow enters the subconscious as the average overnight lows drop to freezing...
  • All Hallows' Eve meant the start of winter

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:It’s Hallowe’en, the eve of another “cross-quarter day” – halfway between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. For many of our ancestors, this evening marked the beginning of winter, the...
  • Winter solstice arrived ... looking forward to spring

     
    From The Sun's print editions:Baltimore Sun reporter Candus Thomson offers this guest post: "A day without sunshine is like, you know, night," Steve Martin once said.The winter solstice arrived in Baltimore at 12:30 a.m. At 9 hours, 24 minutes and......
  • Perigee makes the Old Moon look bigger

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Yes, that was a full moon last night. It was the first since the winter solstice, so that makes it the Moon After Yule, or the Old Moon. It would be nearly as full tonight, if you......
  • Sunrise, sunset, and the solstices

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Last week I told Dennis Ferguson that the sun’s “rise and set points slip south in winter, north in summer, creating our seasons.” I should have been more precise, and said they move south “with the...
  • Of groundhogs and pregnant ewes

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Punxsutawney Phil will be all over the TV this morning. But how many viewers know Groundhog Day’s origins as one of the year’s four “cross-quarter” days? This one falls halfway between the winter...