The stars are a steady, accessible natural calendar and reveal the state of the landscape as well as the weather or trees or plants. With an inexpensive star chart or a sky map from the Internet, you can tell the time of year from your own yard, watch the sky bring on late autumn, early winter, deep winter, later winter, early spring.
This is the second week of the Toad and Frog Migration Moon, the second week of the Sun in Scorpio. And this is also the week that Daylight Savings Time ends throughout the country, clocks falling back an hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, and making the mornings a little brighter for the next month or so, more like the mornings of early fall.
The evenings, though, become winter dark as sundown is suddenly moved up to within just a few minutes of its solstice setting.
The state is continuing to monitor residents who may have had contact with a Texas nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus after returning home following a trip to northeastern Ohio. The Ebola incubation period can be as long as three weeks, meaning local residents who spent time with Amber Vinson during her Ohio trip will continue to be monitored for 21 days after last contact. For those who had contact with the nurse on her last day in the area, the incubation period runs through about Nov. 3.
Tonight, when Earth crosses the vast remains of Halley’s Comet, it reveals that debris as the Orionid meteors, shooting past the post-midnight sword and shield of the constellation Orion in the southeast.
Then on Thursday, October 23rd, the dark Toad and Frog Migration Moon replaces the Hickory Nutting Moon, calling the last of the toads and frogs to find their winter habitats, often the same location in which they emerged as tadpoles.
The Ohio Department of Health has issued updated guidance on quarantine protocols for health care providers and local officials dealing with a suspected or confirmed Ebola case. The state said the stronger recommendations build on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The recommendations depend on a potential patient's level of contact with an infected person:
- Direct physical contact without protective equipment, such as a handshake: Recommended that person be under 21-day quarantine after last contact.