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The winter and summer solstices occur as a result of the Earth’s tilt. The summer solstice occurs for a hemisphere when it is facing most directly towards the sun, and this marks the longest time of sunlight for that hemisphere. The winter solstice, is the exact opposite occurrence, resulting in the least amount of timeContinue reading “The Equinoxes Throughout History” Continue reading → Continue reading
What causes the seasons? Not only is this asked on page 32 of Chapter 2, but it is often asked by many individuals residing on Earth. However, a surprisingly few number of people actually know. Seasons occur because the title of Earth’s axis causes sunlight to fall differently on Earth at different times … Continue reading Seasons, Solstices and Equinoxes → Continue reading → Continue reading
Stonehenge is commonly known as a collection of large stones in Wiltshire, England, but even after much research and investigation, we still don’t know who built it, when it was built, or exactly what it was used for. We speculate that it could have been used as a burial ground or even an astronomical observatory. […]Continue reading → Continue reading
Stonehenge. Photographer: Howard Ignatius. Stonehenge of southern England is one of the most famous Neolithic structures and burial grounds in the world. Construction on Stonehenge started in 5,000 BCE and continued for 1,500 years. Its eerily arranged stones, transported from up to two hundred miles away from the site, are an iconic draw for the […] Continue reading → Continue reading
As we’ve learned through our assignments and reading, the spring and fall equinoxes are the times when the Sun appears to cross the equator, causing daytime to be the same length at almost all latitudes. These two days, in addition to the winter and summer solstices, held high significance in ancient spirituality. The adoration […] Continue reading → Continue reading
If there was one thing that early humans revered most, it may have been the position of the Sun. Ancient cultures around the world, before the first cities ever existed, built monuments to measure the Sun’s position (known as archaeoastronomy). The most famous of which is Stonehenge in England, which has its entrances aligned to […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Axial precession is the gradual wobble that alters the orientation of Earth’s axis in space. Historically, discovery of this phenomenon was attributed to Greek astronomer Hipparchus. The axis traces out the path of a cone over a 26,000 year cycle. When I first read about this concept, I imagined Earth becoming like Westeros and experiencing […] Continue reading → Continue reading
As in the olden days, the sun was used to measure and chart the passing of time. The sun is the life-source for all living things here on earth and is a vital part of the ecosystem. The fact that the length, intensity, and the spot of the sun’s glow on earth determines the seasons, […] Continue reading → Continue reading