Through Bill felker

Editor’s Note: This week’s Yellow Springs Almanack did not appear in the October 28, 2021 issue of the Yellow Springs News due to space constraints in the community forum pages.

There is seasonal exhaustion in the air. The soil is cool and sifted as the hills turn dark and purple in the late afternoon. I pass cleared fields full of thatch, the corn stalks thin and dark. Milkweeds, where monarchs have laid their eggs, have opened their pods, and the white silk lies on the grass browning like cotton strands, or concentrates in spots like the downy feathers of a chicken caught by a fox .
—John Hay

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The fifth week of middle autumn

The Traveling toad and moon frog entered its final trimester on October 28 and declines throughout the coming week, becoming the new Deer in rut moon – the lunar period in which the local deer mate – November 4 at 4:15 pm Rising after midnight and setting in the afternoon, this Moon passes overhead in the morning. The New Moon on November 4 and the lunar perigee on November 5 create a pattern conducive to freezing temperatures. The chances of a deadly frost increase around the time of the full moon on November 19.

This month, Jupiter and Saturn are evening stars in Capricorn. Venus moves again in November, this time in Sagittarius, visible at dusk deep in the southwest, the third and brightest evening star. Mars in Libra becomes visible as a morning star later in the month.

In the southern sky before midnight, the Pleiades are approaching from the east, Taurus not far behind them. Pisces is to the south, Pegasus above to the west. Fomalhaut, the brightest star of late summer, is low on the southwest horizon. The Big Dipper hugs the tree line to the north, the Little Dipper hangs to the left of Polaris.

Daylight saving time ends on November 7 at 2 a.m. this fall.

29 october

Sunrise / sunset: 8: 00/6: 37

Save up / down: 82 (1900) / 21 (1925)

Average high / low: 58/39

Moonrise / moonset: 00:41 / 15:42[h[m[h[m

Moon Age / Year: 24 days / 302 days

October 30: New Moon

Sunrise / sunset: 8: 01/6: 36

Save up / down: 81 (1927) / 18 (1895)

Average high / low: 58/39

Moonrise / moonset: 1h45 / 16h14

Moon Age / Year: 25 days / 303 days

October 31

Sunrise / sunset: 8: 03/6: 34

Save up / down: 80 (1950) / 20 (1909)

Average high / low: 58/38

Moonrise / moonset: 2h51 / 16h42

Moon Age / Year: 26 days / 304 days

November, 1st

Sunrise / sunset: 8: 04/6: 33

Save up / down: 79 (1950) / 20 (1906)

Average high / low: 57/38

Moonrise / moonset: 4:02 a.m. / 5:09 p.m.

Moon Age / Year: 27 days / 305 days

November 2

Sunrise / sunset: 8: 05/6: 32

Save up / down: 77 (1961) / 20 (1954)

Average high / low: 57/38

Moonrise / moonset: 5:13 a.m. / 5:36 p.m.

Moon Age / Year: 28 days / 306 days

November 3

Sunrise / sunset: 8: 06/6: 31

Save up / down: 77 (1987) / 13 (1951)

Average high / low: 56/38

Moonrise / moonset: 6:26 a.m. / 6:04 p.m.

Moon Age / Year: 29 days / 307 days

November 4

Sunrise / sunset: 8:07 am / 6:30 am

Save up / down: 76 (1975) / 17 (1951)

Average high / low: 56/37

Moonrise / moonset: 7:41 am / 6:35 pm

Moon Age / Year: 1 day / 308 days


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