Winter solstice and the holidays

December 21st at 12:47 pm marks the arrival of earth at Winter Solstice. While we think of the beginning of Winter as starting on a particular date it’s actually that the earth arrives at a particular location in its orbit around the sun. The changes in the amount of light during this time of year had a lot to do with holidays being centered around this time of year.

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Out in space a back hole is just 7800 light years away from earth, a bit close for comfort?Also, Derrick Pitts takes his chances with simulated space travel and much to see in the night sky this week.Listen:
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