A stunning new moon tonight in these cold, clear skies with Mars and Venus close by. If you are around clear skies tomorrow night, look for the moon and planets in the southwestern sky just after sunset.
Early this week I experienced an amazing Parade of Lanterns created by kids and their families to celebrate the 75th birthday of Union Elementary School. A local artist, Gowri Savoor, taught the kids and the community how to make the paper lanterns, a beautiful array of shapes and colors.
Lanterns and kids both seemed to just float in the darkness as the parade of several thousand wound its way from the school a dozen blocks up to Vermont College of Fine Arts. There, amid smiles of excitement and accomplishment, we were greeted by a lovely display of fireworks. What a wonderful way to enjoy the darkness.