Good evening. Today is Tuesday, the 10th day of December. It's the 344th day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 21 days remaining in 2019. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 12th day of Kislev in the year 5780. On this day in 1901, the first Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of James I, King of Scotland (1394), Johannes Stöffler (1452), Agatha "Aagje" Deken (1741), César Franck (1822), Emily Dickinson (1830), Melvil Dewey (1851), Nelly Sachs (1891), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Chet Huntley (1911), Morton Gould (1913), Dorothy Lamour (1914), Dan Blocker (1928), Gloria Loring (1946), Susan Dey (1952), Kenneth Branagh (1960), and Raven Symon (1985).
On Wall Street
About the stock numbers: There's no current stock market reporting at the moment because of a snag in the link that retrieves the data and gets it to the screen. The stock market stuff is on the work bench until it's working again.
The New York Stock Exchange is currently closed. At closing today, the NASDAQ was up by to . The S&P500 index closed at , up by .
Note: During trading hours all data is in real time. The data is preserved at the end of the trading day. It remains until the next opening bell. The process of retrieving stock info involves many links between the sources and what you're reading on the screen. At the moment, there's a technical issue up the line with the DJ average. Occasionally, the data appears as random characters. If there's numerical data on the screen, it's accurate. The other indicies are working and accurate.
Earth and All Spheres
The current weather conditions and forecast usually appear in this section. However, there have been technical issues the last few days with the NOAA system, so the data is not always available. Reloading the page will sometimes bring up the info.
We are under a full moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 13 days, 22 hours, and 45 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Thursday, December 26th at 7:59 AM CST. The moon will reach full luminescence on Wednesday, December 11th at 1:37 PM. For now, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the night sky. Mars, seen in the southern sky, is clearly visible and its red glow clearly identifies it. It can be seen beginning at nightfall; it moves slowly in a westerly fashion before disappearing. Mercury can be seen in the eastern sky just before dawn.
We are under the sign of Sagittarius in the 78th day of autumn, which arrived on Monday, September 23 at 2:50 AM CDT with the occurrence of the Autumnal Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, the sun rose at 7:15 AM and set at 7:21 PM. Generally speaking, the equinoxes occur on days when the light and night hours are equal. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 7:08 AM and 5:15 PM, giving us 10 hours and 7 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 AM when Santa Claus will magically roll our clocks forward to 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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I used to believe the government was the answer to all our problems. But the... government, I've concluded, is now an insufferable jungle of self-serving bureaucrats.
Chet Huntley (December 10, 1911 - March 20, 1974),
born on this day 108 years ago in Big Sky, Montana
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