Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) remind the public that at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6 Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States ends and we set our clocks back to Standard Time.
Some people become a bit confused by all this, thinking that somehow we really “save” time or, on the other hand, lose it when we change back. But realize that this is NOT an astronomical phenomenon! The “lucky ‘ol Sun just keeps rollin’ along” no matter what the US Congress declares. All we are doing is simply shifting our clocks within the solar day to suit our own convenience and save energy.
By the way, when you get up at 2 a.m. on November 6 to change your clocks, walk outside. Look high in the southeast and note that handsome guy Orion standing tall with the dog star Sirius, the brightest star in the nighttime sky, following. These are the winter skies!! Time is surely moving on.
At the same time, low in the west the waxing gibbous Moon is about to set. Above the Moon that bright “star” is the planet Jupiter. This giant planet is the third brightest object in the nighttime sky after the Moon and Venus. Sirius, mentioned above, is the fourth brightest object and the brightest star. Now, turn around and note the red planet Mars rising low in the east. A little later before dawn Saturn will also be rising.
Now, those ARE astronomical events!