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The longest days of the year

21 Dec 2014, 00:00 UTC
The longest days of the year
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These are the longest days of the year. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you may not think so. If you live in the southern hemisphere, you might agree with me although we're probably not talking about the same thing. It depends what we each mean by day. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending December 27, 2014
These are the longest days of the year. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you may not think so. If you live in the southern hemisphere, you might agree with me although we’re probably not talking about the same thing. It depends what we each mean by day.
Whichever hemisphere is tilted away from the sun gets less daylight. The farther you are from the center of the circle of sunlight shining on the earth, the less of it you go through. So in December, far northern locations like Alaska and Finland may have only four or five hours between sunrise and sunset. Some places are so far north, they don’t go through the sunlight circle at all for weeks.

Meanwhile, places very far south like the Falkland Islands go through so much of the sunlight ...

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