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Full Moon Names

August's Full Moon

Sky Watch

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Monthly History Highlights

August 17 - Cat Nights

The Cat Nights begin on August 17 each year. This term harks back to the days when people believed in witches. A rather obscure Irish legend said that a witch could turn herself into a cat eight times, but on the ninth time, she couldn’t regain her human form. This bit of folklore also gives us the saying, “A cat has nine lives.” Because August is a yowly time for cats, this may have prompted the speculation about witches on the prowl in the first place.

Also, nights continue to get longer as we move away from the summer solstice of June. Cats, as crepuscular creatures, are nocturnal hunters. Their superior night vision means that the nights belong to them!

August 19 – National Aviation Day

Since 1939, August 19 has been celebrated as National Aviation Day, the legacy of a presidential proclamation first made by Franklin D. Roosevelt to celebrate the birth date of civil aviation pioneer Orville Wright.

Together with his brother Wilbur, the Wrights are credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane. Specifically, Orville Wright piloted the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air machine with the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls which truly made fixed-wing powered flight possible. Orville was born in Dayton, Ohio, while his partner and older brother, Wilbur Wright, was born on a farm near Millville, Indiana.

Today, National Aviation Day celebrates the history and development of aviation.

Animal Tracks

Animal Groups

Amazing Animal Facts

Even though camels have humps, their spine, or backbone, is straight. The hump is made of sturdy towers of fat and grows above the spine.

Weather Watch

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