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03/12/2021 – Ephemeris – It’s about time

12 Mar 2021, 05:01 UTC
03/12/2021 – Ephemeris – It’s about time
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This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Friday, March 12th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 45 minutes, setting at 6:45, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:58. The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 7:31 tomorrow morning.
Sunday morning at the instant the clock strikes 2 am, it will magically become 3 am. March 14th will become the shortest day of the year at 23 hours. The hour will be returned, without interest I might add, on the first Sunday in November. And we can’t even say “Spring forward.” It’s not even spring yet. “Late winter forward” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Actually noon is not midday for those who work days. It’s more like two in the afternoon, maybe later. We have more leisure time after work than before, which kind of makes sense. But in summer the Sun’s out a long time anyway. In late June the Sun doesn’t set until 9:30 at night around here. It doesn’t get really dark until after 11 pm. It may be great for golfers, but not for those who enjoy the night sky.
The astronomical event times given are for the ...

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