Saturday, December 19, 2009

Winter Solstice

December 21st is moving quick upon us, the Winter Solstice. It's fascinating to think how so many ancient cultures figured all this astronomy stuff out. It marks the reversal of the days shortening and nights lengthening. It represents the transition of the earth's axial tilt from being the farthest away from the sun, to moving to the closest. On Monday, December 21st, 2009, it will take place at 6:47 EST. I'm excited! Are you?


Larry Ohio said...

I'd be happier if I was in the southern hemisphere.

Lemuel said...

The more I read the more impressed I become with the accomplishments of ancient cultures in "doing the math" for such things as determining the solstice and others. I pause to think - with crude instrumentation and limited ability for observation (e.g., no telescopes) could I figure out those things?

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