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5 Facts Everyone Must Know Now That The Solstice Is Over

28 Dec 2017, 15:01 UTC
5 Facts Everyone Must Know Now That The Solstice Is Over
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From the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the lowest, shortest path that the Sun takes throughout the sky. Image credit: Danilo Pivato of http://www.danilopivato.com/.All of this has happened before… but not like this!As the year draws to a close, we approach a very special time of year, at least from an astronomical perspective. This past Thursday, December 21st, marked the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, or the date where the Earth’s axis is tilted its maximal amount away from the Sun, as viewed from an observer north of the equator. Sure, it’s pretty common knowledge that the Earth’s revolution around the Sun in conjunction with its axial tilt is the reason for the seasons. But the December solstice — one of the two days where the Earth’s tilt is maximally inclined with respect to the Sun — brings a number of special things along with it that are unique to this time of year. Here are the top 5.No one has ever taken a 360-degree star trail photo from Earth before. This photo was actually a 12-hour exposure, on a mount scheduled to rotate at a rate of 15-degrees-per-hour to create the almost 360-degree effect. Image credit: Earl ...

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