Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween!

It is a spooky day here at Steward Observatory. So far I have seen a devil prowling the hallways, and the business office has been taken over by the Cirque So Lame (pictures if/when they become available). Even my daughter's guinea pigs Dexter and Cloud have joined in the fun.

Did you know that Halloween, also known as All Hallow's Eve, is an astronomical holiday? Tomorrow, All Saints Day, is a cross-quarter day, or the day halfway between the fall equinox (first day of fall) and the winter solstice (first day of winter). Two of the other three cross-quarter days are still holidays in western culture: Groundhog Day and May Day. The other one (August 1), was known as "Lammas," but Lammas is rarely known outside of religious circles.

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