Dec. 19th, 2016


Dec. 19th, 2016 10:17 pm
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Northern Hemisphere winter arrives on Wednesday, December 21 2016, at 2:44 am California time.

Some holiday-season poetry:

See the Sun getting close to the moment of Solstice:

The yellow dot near the bottom of the figure 8 represents the Sun on its yearly journey. Notice the little dot in its center. You can think of this as a hole through which to see the part of the figure 8 the dot is passing over. Each astrological sign (Tropical system) is marked by a different color.

Notice the item labeled "Sun's longitude" in the bunch of numbers and such just above the image. This starts at zero at the March Equinox and increases until it gets to 360 degrees at the next March Equinox, whereupon it starts over at zero. Every thirty degrees (0, 30, 60, 90, etc.) the Sun enters a new sign.

At the December Solstice the Sun's longitude will pass 270 degrees as it crosses into the sign of Capricorn (Tropical system). At that time the little dot in the center of the big dot will change color. (The page updates approximately hourly, so you may not see anything happen at the actual moment of alignment.)

This page is here year-round, so you can watch the Sun's entire journey through the seasons.

Feel free to share all this with your friends.
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