Imbolc (pronounced I-molc) is the first Cross-Quarter Day of the year. Cross-Quarter Days lie halfway between a solstice and an equinox. In ancient times it marked the beginning of Spring.
Legend has it that it was not a good omen if the day itself was bright and sunny, for that betokened snow and frost to continue to the planting of the fields six weeks later around the equinox. But, if it was cloudy and dark, warmth and rain would thaw out the fields and have them ready for planting.
Imbolc is one of the three Cross-Quarter Days that are still celebrated in the United States. We celebrate it as Groundhog Day, brought to North America by German immigrants in the 18th century. The Germanic people of Europe long believed that if a badger saw its shadow on Imbolc, or Candlemas, that they would have to endure six more weeks of winter.
First Fridays at Scobee
First Friday at the Scobee Planetarium is a service to our local collage for the viewers to see spacetular views through our telescopes while attending a show at the Scobee Planetarium.