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The Origin of Our Calendar and Why George Washington has Two Birthdays
December 31, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

The more you study time, the more meaningless the concept, which is a cultural construct, seems. For example, did you know that George Washington was born on Fedruary 11, 1731 and February 22, 1732? It may seem impossible, but it happened thanks to Protestantism!     Our story of George Washington’s birth years starts with ancient […]

What Do Dino’s Dream of Doing in 2019?
December 28, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Congratulations everyone! We’ve almost made it through the second decade of the (still) new millennium. It’s been tough at times but at least our species isn’t extinct yet, and as someone who works at a natural science museum I know better than most what an accomplishment that is. Have you been thinking about your goals […]

That Time Santa Punched A Renowned Cleric In The Face
December 24, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

We all know Santa Claus as the chubby old guy in a red velvet suit who gives us present if we’re good boys and girls and sometimes gives us coal (or worse, switches) if we’ve been bad. We generally consider him a nice guy, even though he stalks us throughout the year and then passes […]

New Year New Horizons: Ring in 2019 with ‘Ultima Thule’
December 21, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft dazzled us all with our first ever close up pictures of Pluto, a world which had appeared in textbooks previously only as a speck of light with an arrow pointed at it. However, New Horizons is not done. At 11:33 pm CST on New Year’s Eve 2018 (thus, […]

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Olive – a Giant Long-Legged Katydid from Malaysia – was with us for only a few days, however, she left us with a precious gift; her eggs! Now, will those eggs hatch? We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that we’ll soon be seeing some cute little katydid babies! This insect has quickly become my […]

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I am looking for the word, s. meaning "Snow dancer" in the Sioux language.

Full Moon | November 2021 Sky Happenings

CAROL RITTER · November 14, 2021, 9:20 am

very interesting! I saw the wonderful event wherein Venus appeared to be in the arms of the new moon (was that a poem by Sir Patrick Spence?) Your picture of the airplane in front of the full moon is dated.


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