Category Archives: Night

Lighting design

There was a peculiarity to light shining on the exterior of the Lincoln Memorial. Overall it’s well lit except at the center where there is a falloff in illumination. There seems to be lights on either side of the monument to light up the ends but they don’t overlap much at the center leaving a [...]

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Moon shots

Last Monday we experienced what’s called a “supermoon.” It’s when the moon comes closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit (its perigee) appearing up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its furthest point (apogee). It occurs, on average, once every 14 months, though there are some long periods without one [...]

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Season of lights

I’m currently working nights and this is a great time of year to be on that shift. There are many Christmas displays all across the Stockton and San Joaquin County that are quite spectacular and a treat to see. I know that everyone has their favorite but the best use of lights that I’ve come [...]

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Asking for the moon

On September 27, a rare celestial event occurred: A supermoon eclipse. A supermoon is a full or new moon that happens when it is closest in its slightly elliptical orbit around the earth. It appears 14% bigger and shines 30% more light than a normal moon. Supermoons occur about once in every 14 moons. A [...]

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Random photo #53: Blue oak

The blue hour descends over a valley oak tree growing in a vineyard on Live Oak and Angier Roads in Lodi.

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You know you’re getting old when…

On July 31 something happened that only occurs once in a blue moon: a blue moon. The moon doesn’t actually appear blue but the term refers to a full moon that occurs twice in a single month. It’s a fairly rare event happening roughly only once every 2½ years. The first full moon of the [...]

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Blast from the past: Fire in the sky

“I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun.” – James Lafferty For the first time since 2008 the city of Stockton will have a fireworks show tonight at the Weber Point Events Center. [...]

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Readers challenge: Holiday lights

Nothing visually epitomizes the holiday season than Christmas lights, which is the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Some people put up simple yet elegant white lights while others put up those of every color in the rainbow. Either way, from neighborhoods to shopping centers, they lend a festive air to the season. [...]

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Season of lights

The start of the holiday season is just a week a way and with it comes the season of lights. The next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is Christmas lights. While it might seem a bit early (Christmas is still several weeks away) there are already holiday commercials playing on television and some stores have put [...]

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Blood moon rising II: The sequel

Early Wednesday morning watchers of the night sky will be able to witness the second “blood moon” of the year (the last one was on April 15). A “blood moon” happens during a total lunar eclipse. Light from the sun, which mostly is blocked by the earth, bends through our planet’s atmosphere. Particles, such as [...]

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