Archive for November, 2017

Supermoon 2017

Credit: Sky and Telescope

There will be a Supermoon December 3 and 4. A Supermoon is a new or full moon that comes close to Earth in its elliptical orbit; this is called a Lunar Perigee.

The full moon comes on December 3 and lunar perigee takes place on December 4.

The best time to observe the Supermoon is when the moon is near the horizon during either moonrise or moonset:

Sunday Morning, Dec. 3 –  Moonset — 6:45am
Sunday Evening, Dec. 3 –  Moonrise — 6:15pm
Monday Morning, Dec. 4 – Moonset — 7:56am
Monday Evening, Dec. 4 – Moonrise — 6:57pm

The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you — Neil deGrasse Tyson

NASA: A Supermoon Trilogy

Christmas in the Park 2017

Once again Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose is transformed into Christmas in the Park from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

The free event includes more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more.

Special areas of Christmas in the Park include Reindeer Ranch, Snowflake Falls, North Pole Plaza, Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Row. There is also Adoption Alley where you can adopt a cat or dog to take home.

Christmas in the Park kicks off at 6:00pm on Friday, November 24 with the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree. Christmas in the Park is then open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Christmas in the Park is expensive to produce and operate. Thus, they ask you to visit their food court. All of the proceeds go directly toward bringing this event free.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

From the day after Thanksgiving (11/24/2017) through New Years Day (1/1/2018).
From 11/25/2017 open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Parking

Closest facilities to Christmas in the Park are:
Fairmont Plaza Garage, 50 W. San Fernando St., under the ice rink
Pavilion Garage at Second and San Fernando streets
Central Place Garage and Lot between Second and Third streets at San Fernando
Surface lots at Second and San Fernando and San Carlos and South Market streets
CityView Plaza Garage, 115 S. Market St.
95 S. Market Garage

 

Fall Back 2017

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This Sunday at 2:00 am, November 5, we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time.

Remember, bars actually stop serving alcohol at 1:59 am, one minute before the clocks are set back one hour.

This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

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