Axial Tilt

axial tilt is the reason for the season

Axial tilt. The reason for the season.

Happy Solstice, everybody!

(Image created by Lore Sjöberg.)

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Axial Tilt

4 thoughts on “Axial Tilt

  1. 1

    Funny that the oceans on that globe are coloured red. Perhaps they’re the beginning of the ten plagues of Egypt all over again when the water is supposed to turn to blood. Happy Solstice!

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    Marking out the Winter Solstice is a very old practice, if astronomically-aligned monuments are any guide. Newgrange, Ireland and Maeshowe, Scotland from about 5000 years ago, and the Goseck Circle, Germany is from nearly 7000 years ago.

    Why do we celebrate this time with lights? Because northerners are short of light at this time. Why do we celebrate with conifer trees and other evergreens? Because they don’t seem to die at this time of year. Consider the traditional song “O Tannenbaum” (German), “O Christmas Tree” (English), though it could be translated “O Conifer”. A celebration of how that tree does not seem to die.

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