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Timekeeping and Calendars


Astronomical Firsts June 10, 2010

Radio Programs

September Equinox II Changes in the changing seasons September 23, 2021

Far From the Sun The changing rhythms of the Sun July 3, 2021

Summer Solstice The land of the midnight Sun June 20, 2021

Vernal Equinox Calibrating the seasons March 19, 2021

Ides of March A date to be wary of March 15, 2021

Christine Kirch Getting paid to make calendars February 28, 2021

Groundhog Day Thinking about the seasons February 2, 2021

Saturnalia A planet and a party share a name December 17, 2020

Shorter Days The days keep getting longer July 30, 2020

Seventh Month A new name for the seventh month July 1, 2020

Keeping Time III Marking the beat of a second May 29, 2020

Keeping Time II Clocks that tick at different rates May 28, 2020

Keeping Time Keeping time for everyone May 27, 2020

Leap Day Leaping across the days February 29, 2020

Celebrating Spring “Springing” a seasonal tradition February 1, 2020

New Year’s Eve A bright start to the new year December 31, 2019

Time Balls Keeping time with the drop of a ball December 30, 2019

Friday the 13th The story behind an “unlucky” day December 13, 2019

Falling Back Recouping an hour of sleep November 2, 2019

Dog Days The Dog Days of summer August 17, 2019

Oddest Month The oddest month comes to an end February 28, 2019

Groundhog Day Celebrating Groundhog Day February 2, 2019

Standard Time Falling into Standard Time November 3, 2018

Nabta Calendar markers in the Egyptian desert June 20, 2018

Moon and Spica A star with an important history May 25, 2018

Martian Autumn A new season for the Red Planet May 22, 2018

Groundhog Day Lighting the coming spring February 2, 2018

Summer Solstice Marking time by the motions of the Sun June 20, 2017

Sunrise and Sunset Defining the day’s “bookends” June 17, 2017

Daylight Saving Time Springing into a new time March 11, 2017

Groundhog Day Shadow or sunlight for a famous rodent February 2, 2017

February The oddest month of the year February 1, 2017

Dog Days The dog days of summer August 13, 2016

Imperial Month The “imperial” months of summer August 1, 2016

Ides of March Beware the Ides of March March 15, 2016

Leap Day Leaping with the seasons February 29, 2016

Moon and Regulus Marking the rhythms of the sky February 21, 2016

To the Future! Traveling into the future February 18, 2016

Arrow of Time Going forward in time February 16, 2016

Big Dipper Clock Ticking off the hours of the night January 22, 2016

Featured Images

Shorter Days July 30, 2020

1881 Boston time ball

Time After Time December 30, 2019

Time machines

Time to Ponder September 20, 2019

Twilight over McDonald Observatory

A Civil Sky June 18, 2017