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Arcturus And Morning Moon Wake-up Call

2 Nov 2018, 20:37 UTC
Arcturus And Morning Moon Wake-up Call
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Watch for the moon and the bright star Arcturus in the eastern sky at dawn tomorrow. Stellarium
The sun rises remarkably late in the days leading up to “falling back,” when we drop Daylight Saving Time (DST). In Chicago and Denver it comes up about 7:30 a.m and just before 8 o’clock in Duluth and Seattle. That makes it really easy to rise an hour before sunrise in the semi-dark twilight and see the brighter stars and moon before breakfast and work.
That’s exactly what I did this morning without even trying. Frost coated the stubbly lawn under a bright, thick crescent moon with Sirius twinkling off to the southwest. I took a short walk and felt refreshed, even uplifted. We have just one morning left to take advantage of these super-late sunrises before they get a whole lot colder in December. Tomorrow’s it! Starting Sunday morning, we fall back an hour, meaning that sunrise happens around 6:30 instead. I don’t know about you but for me it’s a lot harder to get up for a morning stroll at 5:30 than at 6:30-7.
Losing DST also means that sunset occurs an hour earlier. I know it means driving around in ...

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