This Week in Nature: January 25-31

Sirius: The brightest star visible from Earth, second only to the Sun, has an apparent magnitude of -1.46. (And remember, the lower the apparent magnitude, the brighter the star). Though Sirius is visible all year round, it’s so much better to view our bright stars in winter than in any other time of the year.…

This Week in Nature: January 18-24

Bright stars: Clear winter nights in January are the perfect time to see eight of the night sky’s 25 brightest stars. These eight form what is known as the Winter Circle: Sirius, Capella, Rigel, Procyon, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, Pollux, and Castor.   Mercury joins the four-planet line-up: Mercury enters the morning sky on January 20. The…

This Week in Nature Dec 28 – January 3

And so ends the last few days of the old year, and enters the first few days of the new. “Full knee-deep lies the winter snow And the winter winds are wearily sighning Toll ye the church-bell sad and slow, And tread softly and speak low For the old year lies a-dying… Map of the…

Ivy, moss and birds of January

Day 2 of 2014 Nature Notes. (What is this?) Above is a picture Edith Holden drew of ivy and moss collected in her area. Like I mentioned earlier, I won’t be doing any drawing. So, I took a hike to see what I could find of ivy and moss in my area. After walking around…

January facts, feasts, and folklore

Day 1. Following Edith Holden’s The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady. In the first page dedicated for January, Edith Holden speaks of what she knows about the history of the name: January. “This month received its name from the god Janus who had two faces looking in opposite directions, and Macrobius states that it…