An Ode to the Winter Solstice

An Ode to the Winter Solstice, photo by Cherie EarthSky’s page on the winter solstice says: The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. In 2016, the December solstice comes on December 21 at 5:44 a.m. EST. That’s on December 21 at 10:44 Universal Time. It’s when the sun … Continue reading An Ode to the Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice: Ten seconds at Tahquamenon edition

winter solstice, upper tahquamenon falls, michigan, photo by twurdemann I wrote that the actual moment of the solstice was 11:48 PM last night, but it’s actually TONIGHT!  Anyway, here’s a simply gorgeous photo from the 2013 winter solstice at Tahquamenon Falls to kick off the shortest day of the year. I hope you can fit everything in … Continue reading Winter Solstice: Ten seconds at Tahquamenon edition

Happy Solstice & Winter

Happy Solstice and Winter by Dale DeVries The Winter Solstice which marks the beginning on winter in the Northern Hemisphere officially happened at 5:02 am this morning. As you may know, the two largest planets Jupiter & Saturn will appear at their closest point since 1623 and the closest observable conjunction since 1226  just after … Continue reading Happy Solstice & Winter

Sunset, Solstice & the St. Joseph Lighthouse

Winter Solstice by Scott Glenn Happy Solstice everyone! Scott took this photo just after sunset on the winter solstice in 2016 at the St. Joseph Lighthouse​! See the photo bigger and see many more in Scott’s Lighthouses gallery on Flickr! Also check out more winter solstice & St Joseph Lighthouse pics on Michigan in Pictures!

Spires and the Solstice

Spires, photo by Liz Glass The Old Farmer’s Almanac shares that winter begins with the Winter Solstice at 6:03 PM EST tomorrow (Sunday, December 21): Winter inspires both joy and woe. Some people can’t wait for the cooler weather, snow, skiing and ice skating, curling up by a fire, and the holiday spirit. Other people … Continue reading Spires and the Solstice

Winter lies through that door

quiet, photo by artsy_T. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet The Winter solstice happens today at 12:47 PM (if I’ve done my math right). It’s the shortest day of the year and the … Continue reading Winter lies through that door

Today is not the Earth’s Longest Day

Untitled, photo by Jim Schoensee The summer solstice arrives at 12:24 AM tomorrow when sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator, making today the longest day of  2017. Vox’s article on the summer solstice has some interesting info about the solstice including a look at whether or not today is the longest day in … Continue reading Today is not the Earth’s Longest Day

One year after the End of the World

Mayan Calendar—Weather Edition, photo by katerha In addition to marking a full year of surviving the expiration date of the previous Mayan calendar, the winter solstice happens at 12:11 PM today. EarthSky has a guide to everything you need to know about the Winter Solstice that has all the details. The weather outside is frightful though – … Continue reading One year after the End of the World

A Michigan groundhog for Groundhog Day

Standing Guard, photo by James Marvin Phelps Today (February 2nd) is Groundhog Day, the day halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The most famous groundhog in the world, Punxsutawney Phil, didn’t see his shadow this morning. Apparently, Michigan has its own official woodchuck weather forecaster, Woody. She lives at the Howell Nature Center and … Continue reading A Michigan groundhog for Groundhog Day

Michigan Snowhenge in Grand Rapids

Michigan Snowhenge, photo by Michigan Druids On February 13th, 2010 they were successful in completing a 1/3rd scale replica of Stonehenge at the MacKay Jaycees Family Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They write (in part): The monument built out of Michigan’s most abundant natural raw material is appropriately named Snowhenge. Standing 6.5 feet tall and … Continue reading Michigan Snowhenge in Grand Rapids