| Feb 25, 2013
| 8:27 AM
The moon reaches its “fullest” phase at 3:26 p.m. today, so when it rises at about 6:05 p.m., it will be shining brightly, with clear skies expected. The International Space Station will meanwhile make a few passes over Maryland this week, but...
| Jan 27, 2013
Walk into the high-ceilinged, wondrously cluttered studio of the inventive Hartford kinetic sculptor Anne Cubberly and you step into the workshop of a creative visual artist's unbounded imagination.
Although small, even a bit claustrophobic, this is...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 10:40 AM
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...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 11:39 AM
In preparing for the end of the world, December 21, according to the Mayan calendar, I was torn between celebrating the Christmas season and relishing my last God-given days on Earth. What to do? If I only have hours left until the stroke of midnight, why...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 6:10 AM
Well, 12:01 a.m. came and went (even in Mayan Time, otherwise known as Central Time) and nothing really happened. Although Annapolis was plunged into darkness and bathed in an eerie blue light, BGE assures us it wasn't apocalypse-related. Pessimists are...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 10:43 AM
Winter officially arrived with the solstice at 6:12 Friday morning, and along with it came a brisk wind in the Baltimore area and snow in Western Maryland.
The day's high at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport came at midnight,...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 5:00 AM
How the days and months seem to have melted away — melted away from dawns to darkest evenings that arrive earlier each day.
We are now approaching "the darkest evening of the year," as one of our favorite American poets, Robert Frost, mentioned at...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 6:51 AM
We are still about two weeks away from the shortest day of the year, but after Friday night, the early winter sunsets will start shifting later again.
The difference between sunset times from Dec. 2 through Dec. 11 is a matter of seconds, all at about...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:42 PM
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....
| Mar 26, 2013
| 7:03 AM
March's full moon arrives Wednesday morning, the first to fall after the vernal equinox.
It is the fourth full moon after the winter solstice, something that usually falls in April. This full moon is known by names including Grass Moon, Egg Moon,...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:24 PM
For opinion professionals, for public chatterers, for "public intellectuals," there is no greater holiday gift than a good, loud, crazy creche controversy.
Note how artfully Cohen the Columnist slipped in that "holiday" gift, as opposed to...