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Draco, the Dragon constellation, winds around Polaris, the current pole star in the northern sky. Thuban, a star in Draco, was the pole star when the pyramids were built. Due to the precession cycle, Thuban will become the pole star again in 20346 CE. Polaris was first called the Pole Star in 1547 and officially named in July 2016. A dark sky is necessary to see the entire shape of the Dragon, and the Big Dipper can help locate Thuban and Draco. https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-draco-the-dragon-and-a-former-pole-star/

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Week's weather:

- Sunday: AM showers, PM clouds. High 62F. Chance of rain 50%.

- Monday: Partly cloudy, high 69F.

- Tuesday: Intervals of sun and clouds, high 71F.

- Wednesday: Sunny, high 71F.

- Thursday: Mostly sunny, high 71F.

- Friday: Mostly sunny, high 72F.

- Saturday: Intervals of sun and clouds, high 75F.

Nighttime temperatures range from 44F to 49F.

https://www.kcra.com/weather

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This week, you can observe the waxing gibbous Moon near the stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini. Look for Vega rising in the northeast in the evenings. The Sickle of Leo surrounds the bright star. Look for the bright stars Arcturus and Capella in the east and northwest, respectively. https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-april-12-21/

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Cloud coverage may affect the total solar eclipse on April 8th. The best viewing conditions are expected in southern Illinois, Kentucky, the East Coast, New York State, New England, West Texas, and southern Arizona. Areas from Missouri to central and east Texas may have less favorable viewing conditions due to cloudy skies and showers/thunderstorms. The weather pattern may affect travel to viewing locations. A storm system may impact travel in the Plains with severe weather, downpours, and tornado threats. https://www.accuweather.com/en/solar-eclipse-2024/total-solar-eclipse-cloud-forecast-where-will-clouds-spoil-the-show/1636042

The April 8th total solar eclipse will be an incredible event. During the minutes of totality, Venus and Jupiter will be visible, along with other...

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The weather forecast for the coming days is:

- Saturday: mostly sunny, high 62°F, winds S 5-10 mph. Night: mostly cloudy, low 42°F, winds S 5-10 mph.

- Sunday: partly cloudy, high 63°F, winds NW 5-10 mph. Night: Clear, low 43°F, winds NW 5-10 mph.

Monday: Sunny, high 72°F, winds NNW 10-20 mph. Night: Clear, low 46°F, winds NNW 10-15 mph.

- Tuesday: mostly sunny, high 75°F, light variable winds. Night: clear, low 48°F, light variable winds.

- Wednesday: partly cloudy, high 80°F, light variable winds. Night: mainly clear, low 52°F, light variable winds.

Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine, high 83°F, winds WNW 5-10 mph. Night: Few clouds, low 53°F, winds S 5-10 mph.

- Friday: mostly sunny, high near 80°F, winds SSW 5-10 mph. Night: Partly...

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This week, you can see various stars and constellations in the evening sky. On Sunday, look for the Three Springs of the Gazelle. On Monday, there will be a new moon and solar eclipse. Orion will still be visible in the southwest after sunset. On Tuesday, you can see the Little Dipper. Vega will rise in the northeast most evenings. On Wednesday, the Moon will appear as a thin crescent near Jupiter. On Thursday, the Moon will be over the Pleiades. On Friday, Beta Tauri will be above the crescent Moon. Finally, on Saturday, Arcturus will be visible in the east. https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-april-5-14/

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The weather forecast for the coming week:

Sunday: Cloudy with partial clearing later. High 64F.

Monday: Sunny with a high of 73F.

Tuesday: Sunny with a high of 76F.

Wednesday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a high of 76F.

Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a high of 69F.

Friday: There will be intervals of clouds and sunshine, with a high of 65F. The chance of rain is 40% at night.

Saturday: Rain early, sun later. High 63F. 40% chance rain.

Overall, the week will see temperatures ranging from 45F to 76F. Winds will be light and variable, except for Thursday, when they'll be from the W at 10 to 20 mph. https://www.kcra.com/weather

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Here are some stargazing tips for this week. On March 31, look towards south-southwest to spot Sirius and three stars forming Canis Major. On April 1, you can still see the Winter Hexagon early after dark. April 2, the Little Dipper is visible to the right of Polaris. On April 3, Castor and Pollux will be shining together west of the zenith after dark. On April 4, you can spot Capella in the west-northwest after dusk. April 5, Arcturus is visible just after nightfall. Lastly, on April 7, high above the Big Dipper, you can see three pairs of dim naked-eye stars that mark the Great Bear's feet. https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/observing-news/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-march-29-april-7/

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Greetings and Happy Easter! This special occasion symbolizes the return of the spring sun, which brings new life to the earth. The concept of the sun's rebirth and its light triumphing over darkness dates back to ancient times, predating Christianity. For instance, in Sumeria, this idea was conveyed in the story of "The Descent of Inanna." In Europe, people celebrated the "Goddess of Spring," Ostara, on March 21st, during the spring equinox, which marked the point when the days became longer than the nights. The resurrection of the sun was a central theme of the Ostara holiday. Many Easter traditions are not exclusive to Christianity and have pre-Christian origins. Some examples include hot cross buns, eggs, and bunnies. For more information, please visit...

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The tradition of giving birthday gifts has a rich history spanning many civilizations. During the medieval period, birthday celebrations were simpler, while the Renaissance marked a period of cultural and intellectual growth. In the modern age, commercial influences have led to the widespread exchange of birthday cards and traditional gifts, but sustainable and eco-friendly gifts are gaining popularity. Gift-giving remains a deeply human expression that reflects our desire to celebrate an individual's special day. https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/birthday-presents-0019988

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