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If you go outside an hour or so before Sunrise, look up to find the Big Dipper high overhead, its winter position before dawn Like the hands of a great clock, the Dipper's motion around the North Star tells the time of year.  When it lies in the west before Sunrise, daffodils will be in bloom. With the Dipper deep along the Southern horizon in the early morning, lilies and roses flower. And when it has moved to the eastern sky, the first leaves are starting to turn for autumn.

The holiday season has many moods . . . from sacred and traditional to young-at-heart and popular. Tonight and Saturday at 8pm the focus is on swing. Those catchy rhythms that the hippest of the hip use to make everything, including the holidays, just a little more cool. This is the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The dark sky sets the stage for the arrival of Early Winter. The Paperwhite Moon, bringing more holiday paperwhite bulbs into bloom, wanes gibbous into its final quarter on December 10. Rising late at night and setting near midday, this Moon passes above you before dawn.

In the east Mars and Jupiter are the morning stars together in Libra this week.  Arcturus, the most prominent star of Bootes, precedes them toward the center of the sky, chasing the Moon. Low in the northeast, Vega is rising.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company brings the classic children's book The Littlest Angel to life this holiday season! Enjoy an evening of stunning dance, music and holiday magic as heaven's youngest member learns about the joy of the season. Tonight, 7:30 and Saturday, 3 & 7:30 pm at the University of Dayton theater.

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On November 23, the Sun entered the sign of Sagittarius, and Sunset reached to within just a few minutes of its earliest time throughout the nation.

In the dark, Orion becomes unmistakable now as early winter approaches, and Sirius and Procyon follow him out of the southeast after midnight. Cygnus, the swan of the Northern Cross, the gauge of autumn's progress, is disappearing south. October's Pegasus and Andromeda fall away behind it.

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A month ago, I took a long drive to see the trees of Middle Fall, and as I traveled, I paid attention to the way I missed home and summer, and I thought about what caused the discomfort at leaving both behind.

Since my wife died five years ago, I have tried to understand how to come to terms with home. I have become overly attached to the place where I live and to my story contained in its rooms and gardens. It is hard for me to go away.

Aullwood's One-Stop Holiday Shop is Saturday,  9am to 5pm at the Marie S. Aull Education Center! This brings dozens of local museum stores, nonprofit organizations, vendors, crafters, and artisans together. Shop for handmade jewelry, museum treasures, homemade jams, photography, pottery, baskets, soaps, and much more! The Aullwood Café will serve soup, sandwiches and other goodies.

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November is getting pretty far along now. Most of the leaves have come down throughout the northern half of the United States, and the likelihood of frost and snow flurries becomes stronger.

The Pleiades are well up in the east in the late evening, followed by Aldebaran and Taurus.  Orion and winter aren’t  far behind them.

The Taylorsville Dam in Vandalia is one of five dams in the Miami Conservancy District.
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Since the recent hurricanes in the gulf region and the Caribbean, University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha has turned his attention to how the Miami Valley might cope with severe flooding  and takes a look at research done by one of his University of Dayton colleagues for clues.

Extreme weather events were in the news quite a bit this summer, from brutal heat waves in southern Europe, to forest fires in the northwestern US, and maybe most noticeably, the incredible rainfalls brought about by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the Gulf Coast region.

"Patches" is one of the C-123 cargo planes used to spray Agent Orange. It's now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
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Washington-Centerville Library's annual exhibit is honoring our nation's military veterans. It is now  through Sunday. The exhibit includes special items on loan from the Dayton VA Medical Center complex. Visitors and school children are also encouraged to write thank you cards to our military which will be delivered to our troops before the Christmas holidays.

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