Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Day The Sun Stands Still - Winter Solstice

Let's face it. I'm not a fan of winter but I enjoy the science behind the season. 

The great arc of the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky today in the Northern Hemisphere. This day has the least amount of daylight - and the longest night - of any day of the year. With this day the beginning of winter occurs at 6:03 EST. For the next six months the sun will climb a bit higher every day in the Northern Hemisphere. It will take another month for heat from the "rebirth" of the sun to make a noticeable difference here on Earth. While we experience, perhaps enjoy, a world at rest the lengthening days can give us hope that the "dead season" will soon come to an end. 

Photo source Simon Banton, Sunset at Stonehenge 12/20/2009.

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