Hello! I’m Karl Hricko for United Astronomy Clubs of NJ bringing you the January Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.
Ring in the New Year. It’s January, the first month of the year. But is that true for all cultures through history? A calendar is an artificial system that we try to match up with the actual motion of the Earth around the Sun. The problem is that there isn’t an even number of days in a year.
Hello! I’m Karl Hricko of the United Astronomy Clubs of NJ bringing you the December 2014 Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.
In this month of December, it is fitting to see a manger in the western sky just below a cross shaped pattern of stars. The manger is Lyra (the Harp), and the cross is being held by St. Helen (Cygnus (the Swan). This religious interpretation of these star patterns were made by a German lawyer, Julius Schiller, in a star atlas he had published in the 17th Century.