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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Things in the sky

A blood-red Moon is not a good omen; in years past it would be believed to herald war, famine, plague and pestilence. Perhaps a good reminder to arrange that flu-jab today. On the upside, from 23.38 today the days get longer. Today we'll have about 7h50m of daylight in London, and about the same over the next few days as the change gets sluggishly up to speed, but by the end of January we'll be up to 9h7m, with three or four minutes a day extra. Now isn't that something to look forward to? 


Anonymous said...

I thought the blood red moon (at least in the Arab world) symbolised fertility - monthly cycle and red colour and all that. Anyway, another thing, its the first day of Winter tomorrow (22nd). Would you believe it...

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Weekend Yachtsman said...

Interestingly, the days get longer but asymmetrically: the times of sunrise and sunset don't change in step.

I have never been able to explain this, though I suppose it must have to do with the geometry or the shape of earth (not really a true sphere, and all that stuff).

Maybe someone out there who really knows their Astro, could enlighten us all?