Friday, June 21, 2013

The Solstice

The Solstice and the wheel keeps turning. The summer solstice occurs when Earth's axis is the most tilted toward the sun - the angle is known as "maximum axial tilt." As a consequence of this specific orientation, the sun rises at its most northeasterly point along the horizon and also sets at its most northwesterly point in the northern hemisphere. I borrowed the figure from John Waterhouse but she looks right at home in this image!

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