Ever since I’ve moved to North Carolina, I’ve noticed that the seasonal changes are much more abrupt here then when I lived in New England. This year in particular, the transition to Fall seemingly took place over night. I waited the entire month of October waiting for the leaves to turn, and even on Halloween, there was hardly a red or orange leaf in sight. A week later I went to bed and woke up to the leaves completely turned, and two thirds of them already on the ground.
I was hoping to capture some nice pictures of colorful foliage on my daily walk during my lunch break, but the quick change foiled my plans. Fortunately the large piles of accumulated leaves created some images that were interesting in there own right.
Unlike southern foliage, there are other signs of fall that are longer lasting. The constellation Orion becomes prominent in the night sky, and Jupiter is visible without the help of a telescope. The rush of new fall shows is slowing down, so look for more interesting days in history, holiday specials, and events in the weekly round up.
The A Word (SundanceTV, Season 2)
From astronomy.com: As if the earlier sunsets this week don’t put you in mind of winter, the midevening appearance of the season’s most conspicuous constellation surely will. Orion the Hunter rises in the eastern sky around 9 p.m. local time and appears halfway to the zenith in the southeast by midnight. Look for three 2nd-magnitude stars in a line that form the Hunter’s belt. The constellation’s brightest stars are ruddy Betelgeuse and blue-white Rigel.
Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass is carries out by SA members and German civilians against Jews in 1938.
Murder on the Orient Express in theaters
Although Jupiter passed on the far side of the Sun from our perspective in late October, it already is climbing into view before dawn. To find it, head outside about a half-hour before sunrise and locate dazzling Venus. This morning, Jupiter appears 1° directly below its sibling. The gas giant planet shines some two magnitudes fainter than Venus but still stands out through binoculars against the bright twilight. Two mornings from now, these planets pass within 0.3° of each other in the finest planetary conjunction of 2017.
AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics (AMC, new docuseries)
Casablanca in theaters for the 75th anniversary of its release
The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer (History, new true-crime limited series)