While Groundhog Day is the traditional mid-way point in Winter, the actual mid-way point of Winter will come this-Saturday at 12:22 p.m. EST:
* Thur., 2012 Feb. 2 - Traditional Astronomical Cross-Quarter Day Candlemas, better known as Groundhog Day. First traditional Astronomical Cross-Quarter Day of year; approximate mid-way point in Winter season.
Actual cross-quarter day.
(Groundhog Day at Gobler's Knob, Punxsutawney PA 15767, home of Punxsutawney Phil: - Sunrise: 7:26 a.m. EST) (Feb. 2).
* Sat., 2012 Feb. 4, 12:22 p.m. EST - Actual Astronomical Cross-Quarter Day Candlemas (First actual Astronomical Cross-Quarter Day of year; mid-way point in Winter season.); traditional cross-quarter day.
The following links provide information, including a video, regarding Punxsutawney Phil's prediction, whether to take special steps to protect plants, and the astronomical aspects of the mid-point of Winter:
Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter
Video of Groundhog Prediction:
Protecting Your Plants During Winter’s Wild Temperature Fluctuations
On Groundhog Day, the Sun Has Last Word on Winter
More on Punxsutawney Phil:
Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director,
Friends of the Zeiss < http://friendsofthezeiss.org >
Electronic Mail - < email@example.com >
SPACE & SCIENCE NEWS, ASTRONOMICAL CALENDAR:
Twitter: < http://twitter.com/
Facebook: < http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Blog: < http://spacewatchtower.
Author of History Web Sites on the Internet --
* Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh:
* Adler Planetarium, Chicago:
* Astronomer, Educator, Optician John A. Brashear:
< http://johnbrashear.tripod.com >
* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries:
* Civil War Museum of Andrew Carnegie Free Library:
< http://garespypost.tripod.com >
* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh:
* Public Transit:
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