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Longing for longer days


Sunset now comes at 8:15pm, giving us 14 hours and 36 minutes of daylight here at Philadelphia’s latitude.
We have about four weeks to go and 30 more minutes of daylight to earn on the way to Summer Solstice.

On Wednesday morning Venus, Uranus, Mercury and the Moon can be seen low in the east at 4:45 AM, along with a very bright ISS from Northwest to Southeast!

Astronomical Anniversaries of note;
May 28, 1959: The first primates flew into space – Able the rhesus monkey and Baker the squirrel monkey made suborbital flights.
Two years later on May 25th, JFK gave his now-famous Moon Landing speech. “…before the decade is out…”.
On May 22 1969, Apollo 10 descended to within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface in preparation for Apollo 11’s historic mission just 60 days later – July 20.