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Winter Solstice

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  • 'Long Night's Moon' rises overnight Monday

    'Long Night's Moon' rises overnight Monday
    The Long Night’s Moon will be in the night sky early Tuesday morning, getting its name from its proximity to the winter solstice. But it may be hard to see through growing clouds from another snowy system. The moon reaches its fullest phase at 4:...
  • Winter solstice arrives around noon Saturday

    Winter solstice arrives around noon Saturday
    We think of the winter solstice as the "shortest" day of the year, but the solstice actually occurs at an instant, when the sun is the furthest south in the sky because of the Earth's tilted axis. This year, that happens Saturday at 17:11 Coordinated...
  • Two Canadian cities have world's best public libraries, survey finds

    Two Canadian cities have world's best public libraries, survey finds
    Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal, have the world’s best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers. Library mavens at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf studied libraries in 31 major world cities,...
  • In ancient tradition, Iranians celebrate winter solstice

    The winter solstice may mark the longest night of the year, but for Iranians, it's also known as Shab-e Yalda, a celebration with ancient ties that commemorates the triumph of Mithra, the Sun God, over darkness. Feasting on fresh fruits from the...
  • Near-summer conditions warm Baltimore area

    Near-summer conditions warm Baltimore area
    People wore shorts and T-shirts all around Baltimore on Saturday as temperatures hit a record 70 degrees, with slightly higher temperatures expected Sunday. Both the Inner Harbor and BWI Marshall Airport recorded highs of 70 degrees, while Annapolis hit...
  • 2014 stargazing calendar: Catch three eclipses, new meteor shower

    2014 stargazing calendar: Catch three eclipses, new meteor shower
    Unique celestial events in 2014 include two full lunar eclipses visible from Maryland and a partial solar eclipse that will begin just before sunset one October afternoon. A new meteor shower could be a bonus. Here’s what stargazers have to look...
  • 'A' backlash

     
    The display of the large A in Daley Plaza by the atheist group the Freedom From Religion Foundation isn't getting raves on the left. Here's Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon: Faced with insistent religious imagery in the public sphere, atheist......
  • The God Squad: No need to ban office Christmas display

    Q: We work in the health services office of a large university that has a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including...
  • Funny Money: Clean up with a mid-year check-up

    It's July, Funny Money fans, and you know what that means! No, not, "Put away the Christmas decorations" -- we're not that far behind on chores at the Funny Money household. Still, my boy, Funny Money Jr., or as I call him, "Li'l Money" ('cuz that's...
  • There's No War On Easter

    On the heels of complaints about a left-wing "war on Christmas," now there's fuming from the right about a supposed "war on Easter." Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" fame recently identified several "anti-Easter municipalities" in various states....
  • Find the right time and place for dynamic portraits

    Find the right time and place for dynamic portraits
    Palm tree? Check.  Skyline? Check.  Amazing sunset? Check. Sometimes the best way to make a nice portrait is to simply find a dynamic backdrop or location, square up your subject, and fire away.  Location, location, location. When I was planning my...