Starlight, Starbright….

Dec 02

Starlight, Starbright….

THE BRIGHT STAR YOU SEE WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN IS NOT A STAR at all, but a planet.  Venus, probably.  In early December, Jupiter joins the parade and rises about 3 hours after sunset, when Venus sets. In the second week of December, Jupiter and Venus will briefly appear as bright bookends in the evening sky. Mars, Saturn and Mercury rise later, but I don’t stay up that late, so will have to take the astronomers’ word for it.

What does this have to do with the weighty matters of war, family drama and the economy?  Absolutely nothing!

One of the best things about the holidays is the reminder to take a step back from the things that worry us every day, be they large or small, and I can’t think of anything that puts things in perspective better than star – or in this case planet – gazing.

So open a window and enjoy the show….

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