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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Tomorrow is the vernal equinox. It was forecast to be a very warm sunny day here and without much wind, which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23

The autumnal equinox marks the start of Qiūfēn, the 16th solar term. It is known as  Shūbun in Japanese, Chubun i Korean, or Thu phân in Vietnamese. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 180° , the midpoint of the 360° arc … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Both the western calendar and the tradition Chinese calendar mark the vernal equinox. In the west it is considered the first day of spring. In the Chinese calendar spring began weeks ago.  Chūnfēn (Chinese), Shunbun (Japanese), Chunbun (Korean), or Xuân phân (Vietnamese) is the … Continue reading

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The Stars in Their Courses

I’ve always loved the night sky. It’s a shame most people don’t know what it really looks like. Of all the kinds of pollution you hear about, light pollution is rarely mentioned. Although the main sufferers are astronomers, light pollution … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Monday was the vernal equinox. It was a very warm sunny day here and without much wind , which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In the traditional … Continue reading

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Ostara

Spring by the calendar, regardless of the weather. This year the spring equinox, Ostara, comes on March 20th at 12:10 AM. We are predicted to have rain, sleet and snow showers and more below freezing nights for these beginning days … Continue reading

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Ostara

Spring by the calendar, regardless of the weather. Signs of spring and symbols of spring are quite different from one another, much as rabbits and hares are different species. Rabbits are burrowers, living underground in the wild. Logical then, that … Continue reading

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