The Star of Bethlehem, or Christmas Star, is mentioned in the Bible. It’s said to have led the three wise men to Bethlehem. But was the Christmas Star a real object in the sky? Or was it just a symbol?
Those who admire the shape of a Christmas tree might like to know that its shape has evolved in response to wind, snow, and light.
Many believe Earth’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. But that is not the case.
Your Friday FAQ. Geminid meteor shower peaks this weekend!
Many people ask us about flashes in the night sky. They see one and want to know, what is it? Unless one of us were standing there next to you, we have no way of knowing exactly what you saw. So we can’t say for certain. But it’s possible that what you saw is a flare from an iridium communications satellite.
The winter solstice is the shortest day. It offers the shortest period of daylight. But the earliest sunsets aren’t on the solstice itself. Instead, they come a couple of weeks before the winter solstice. If you’re at a temperate latitude of the Northern Hemisphere, your earliest sunsets are in early to mid-December.
This Friday’s FAQ …Early birds versus night owls. Who wins the battle over bedtime? Let’s see what the guys at AsapSCIENCE have to say about this one. New video!
Happy birthday to all our December-baby friends! December has two birthstones, turquoise and zircon.
Here’s a question we get regularly:
Is it true that Jupiter could be considered our friendliest planet because – without Jupiter – comets would be more likely to hit us?
The answer is yes … and no.
Ah, Thanksgiving Day. You pile your plates with turkey, dressing, two kinds of potatoes, cranberries – all the traditional foods – and dig in. Second helpings? Of course! An hour later, after plenty of food and conversation, you push back and notice you’ve become very, very sleepy. You think, “I’m sleepy because turkey is high in tryptophan.”