Good morning. Today is Wednesday, the 19th day of February. It's the 50th day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 315 days remaining in 2020. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 24th day of Shevat in the year 5780.
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Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Nicolas Copernicus (1473), Luigi Boccherini (1743), Lee Marvin (1924), Carole Eastman (1934), Smokey Robinson (1940), "Mama" Cass (1943), Lou Christie (1943), Michael Nader (1945), Tony Iommi (1948), Jeff Daniels (1955), Margaux Hemingway (1955), Paul Dean (1957), Falco (1957), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Seal (1963), Justine Bateman (1966), Haylie Duff (1985), and Maria Mena (1986).
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 Tuesday, 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 waning crescent moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 25 days, 7 hours, and 13 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Sunday, February 23rd at 9:27 AM CST. The moon will reach full luminescence on Monday, March 9th at 4:49 AM. 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 Pisces in the 61st day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 10:19 PM CDT with the occurrence of the Winter Solstice, marked by the shortest day of the year. Winter will end on March 19st at 10:50 PM CDT with the occurrence of the Spring Equinox. For today, our sunrise and sunset times are 6:56 AM and 6:08 PM, giving us 11 hours and 12 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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