How to see the once-in-a-lifetime ‘Christmas comet’ this week

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by: Tracy Bloom, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST / Updated: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST
From Fox 2 Now

(KTLA) – This time last year, skygazers were treated to the “Christmas Star,” when Jupiter and Saturn aligned and appeared the closest together from Earth’s vantage point in nearly 800 years.

Flash forward to the week of Dec. 20, 2021, and a “Christmas comet” is streaking through the evening sky.

Comet Leonard, or C/2021 as it is officially known, is the brightest comet of 2021. The celestial object actually made its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12, when it was about 21 million miles away from our planet.

However, stargazers can still catch this once-in-a-lifetime sighting this week as it passes through the solar system, according to Gregory Leonard, a senior research specialist at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Leonard first discovered the comet earlier this year, and it’s named after him. Read more…

The Full Cold Moon will be 100% full December 18, 2021 at 11:37 PM EST

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Full Cold Moon
Full Cold Moon

Full Cold Moon information is from Almanac.Com

December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST. December’s full Moon is most commonly known as the Cold Moon—a Mohawk name that conveys the frigid conditions of this time of year, when cold weather truly begins to grip us.

Bundle Up for December’s Full Cold Moon!

December’s full Cold Moon rises on Saturday, December 18, 2021! And it’s a “Micromoon.” Learn more about what the Cold Moon and what makes it special (click the link below.)

When to See December’s Full Moon
December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST (click the link below.)

Start looking for the full Moon just before sunset as it begins to peek above the horizon. To find the exact time that it will appear in your area, consult our Moonrise Calculator (click the link below.)

More about the Full Cold Moon…


Full Cold Moon

Colorado Christmas, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band!

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My personal favorite holiday song for this time of the year: Colorado Christmas. And with the heavy snow in the high country, it is just SO PERFECT!

Colorado Christmas by Stevie Goodman
“Filmed in Austin, Texas, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1997 TV special to commemorate the release of their first Christmas album (aptly titled “The Christmas Album”). Special guests were Aaron Neville, Kathy Mattea, Nanci Griffith, the Austin Children’s Choir, John McEuen and Vassar Clements.”

Click here for lyrics and a link to the song


Mississippi John Hurt / My Creole Belle

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From John Hurt:
“Like everyone else, I got this from Mississippi John Hurt, and for all any of us knew it was his composition. He sang it in that lovely, gentle voice, evoking a sort of charming Best of Mississippi John Hurt“old South” nostalgia, and I thought of it as kind of a companion piece to “Goodnight, Irene.” It was also one of his most basic guitar arrangements, in the key of C, and particularly easy for those of us who already had “Freight Train.” So I learned it early and kept playing it, despite the fact that the lyrics didn’t go very far.” read more…


John Prine and Iris DeMent – In Spite of Ourselves (Live From Sessions at West 54th)

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From From AmericanSongwiter.Com
“Before the turn of the millennium, it was unclear if the late John Prine would ever sing again. As he readied his 13th studio album, he was recovering from surgery and radiation to treat his throat cancer. To assist him in the project, the beloved singer-songwriting talent enlisted a cast of female vocalists to join him on a 16-track collection of duets, In Spite of Ourselves. Produced by Jim Rooney, the album reflects the formative country influence that shaped Prine’s career chronicling the human experience in a language we could all understand.”

“In Spite of Ourselves was the first thing I wrote that resembled work since my cancer. I had so much radiation in my throat area, I couldn’t sing. I could talk, but I didn’t have any power in my voice. I’d been kicking around the idea of a female duets record for a while, so I made a list of two or three women per song until I had a list of about 35,” Prine reflected about the record on the 20th anniversary in 2019. In the liner notes booklet, the artist shared, “I made a list of my favorite girl singers, and the first nine I called said ‘yes.’ I nearly fell over.”


MGM will sell iconic Las Vegas Mirage Hotel in $1 billion deal

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Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY
Tue, December 14, 2021, 3:36 PM·9 min read

MGM will sell iconic Las Vegas Mirage Hotel in $1 billion deal

Hard Rock Hotel
A rendering of the Las Vegas Strip with a Guitar-shaped hotel planned by Hard Rock International.

MGM Resorts International has agreed to sell the Las Vegas Strip’s first megaresort, the Mirage, to Hard Rock International for nearly $1.1 billion in cash.

Hard Rock International is set to acquire the operations of the Mirage, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, according to a Monday news release. Hard Rock said it plans to build a 1,000-room guitar-shaped hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, but chairman Jim Allen would not confirm whether that means the company would demolish the Mirage or add new construction.

“I don’t think we have definitive plans at this point,” Allen told USA TODAY Tuesday. “We’ll continue to work our designs, but certainly we’re committed at minimum to a 1,000-room guitar-shaped hotel and new low rise. … We’re just not commenting on the rest of the scope until we work through all those designs.” Read more…


The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together” My Extended Version!

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Someday We’ll Be Together” is a song written by Johnny Bristol, Jackey Beavers, and Harvey Fuqua. It was the last of twelve American number-one pop singles for Diana Ross & the Supremes on the Motown label. Although it was released as the final Supremes’ song featuring Diana Ross, who left the group for a solo career in January 1970, it was recorded as Ross’ first solo single and Supremes’ members Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong do not sing on the recording. Both appear on the B-side, “He’s My Sunny Boy”.

The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart for one week, in the final 1969 issue of Billboard magazine (dated December 27). It would be the last number one hit of the 1960s. – WIKI

There will be a Full Beaver Moon Nov 19 1:59 A.M. Mountain Time

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Full Beaver Moon
Full Beaver Moon
In 2021, November’s full Beaver Moon reaches peak illumination in the wee hours of Friday, November 19—so look up on Thursday night! In addition, the Beaver Moon will also be plunged into an eclipse Friday morning! Get more information including Full Moon rise times, why we call it a “Beaver” Moon, and best days by the Moon.

Some information is from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Beaver Moon reaches peak illumination in the early morning hours of Friday, November 19, at 3:59 A.M. EST. Of course, it will be very close to full the night before, so plan to look for it starting on Thursday, November 18, just after sunset!

Find out exactly what time the full Moon will appear above the horizon in your area with our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.

See a Near-Total Lunar Eclipse

“This year, November’s Beaver Moon is accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse that will be just shy of total—98% of the Moon will be covered by Earth’s shadow at the height of the eclipse! During a lunar eclipse, the Moon, Sun, and Earth stand in a line with the Earth in the middle, causing the planet’s shadow to be cast onto the Moon. This gives the full Moon a reddish, coppery hue, as well as the nickname “Blood Moon.” But is this Moon truly a Blood Moon? Read more about what a Blood Moon is—and isn’t.”

“This near-total lunar eclipse will be visible from most of North America, reaching its maximum at approximately 4:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Friday, November 19. Be sure to convert to your local time zone to find out when to look for the eclipse!”

Why Is It Called the Beaver Moon?
For decades, the Almanac has referenced the monthly full Moons with names tied to early Native American, Colonial American, and European folklore. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred and through all of the Moon’s phases—not only the full Moon.

Why the “Beaver” Moon? This is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead. During the time of the fur trade in North America, it was also the season to trap beavers for their thick, winter-ready pelts.

Watch a video on November’s Beaver Moon


The Original Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers

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“Monster Mash” is a 1962 novelty song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton’s Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The “Monster Mash” single was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20–27 of that year, just before Halloween. It has been a perennial Halloween favorite ever since.

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Monster Mash · Bobby “Boris” Pickett · The Crypt-Kickers
The Original Monster Mash

℗ 1962 Decca Music Group Limited
Released on: 1991-01-01
Producer: Gary S. Paxton
Producer: Gary Paxton
Composer Lyricist: Leonard Capizzi
Composer Lyricist: Bobby “Boris” Pickett


Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man (Official Audio)

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“Mr. Tambourine Man” is a song written by Bob Dylan, released as the first track of the acoustic side of his March 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. The song’s popularity led to Dylan recording it live many times, and it has been included in multiple compilation albums. It has been translated into other languages, and has been used or referenced in television shows, films, and books.