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.”
A ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a halo by scientists. We get many messages throughout each year from people who’ve just spotted a ring around the sun or moon.
People want to know: what causes a halo around the sun or moon?
Podcast and interview with Tom Niziol, a longtime meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, New York, about lake-effect snow.
The Zodiac, the 12 signs listed in a horoscope, is closely tied to how the Earth moves through the heavens.
Over its lifetime of about 25 years, an Arctic Tern can fly a million kilometers – nearly three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.
Happy birthday to all you November babies! Your birthstone is the topaz.
The word “topaz” comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger.