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02/02/2015 – Ephemeris – Ground Hog Day and other Cross-Quarter days

February 2, 2015

Ephemeris for Ground Hog Day, Monday, February 2nd.  The sun will rise at 8:01.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 51 minutes, setting at 5:52.   The moon, 1 day before full, will set at 7:26 tomorrow morning.

If Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA sees his shadow we’re supposed to be in for 6 weeks of winter, otherwise spring is just around the corner.  The way the seasons really work, is that Ground Hog day is about half the way from the winter solstice to the spring equinox.  In reality calendar-wise winter is about 12 weeks and 5 days, so we only have 6 weeks a few days to go of winter anyway.  Groundhog day, May Day, and All Saints Day are holidays near cross quarter days, which are said to mark when seasons are half over.  It seems no one cares when summer is half over around the first of August when Back to School Sales used to start.  Of course now those sales seem to start the day after school lets out in June.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Ground Hog Day

Poor Punxsutawney Phil, rousted out of his mid winter nap. They might be in the middle of a blizzard today. Credit: http://www.fuzzytoday.com

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