Over a month has now passed since my December 23rd post looking at where in the solar system we are on our planet Earth. Then, Earth looked at the top of the ‘clock face’. Now we’ve travelled around to 11 o’ clock, as we’re going anti-clockwise:
If Earth’s axis was more like a carousel swung from the sun the north would always be pointed in and the south out, as heads are inside and legs out, so north would always be in summer and the south in winter, but it is more like a toffee apple on a rigid stick, staying in the same position as it orbits the sun, meaning the south is pointed towards the sun on one side, and the north on the other:
There’s more about the planets’ different seasons on Cosmos.
Sunrise and Sunset Times
As we reach the end of January, sunrise has now dropped below the 8am mark in Leeds, mistYmuse (#mYm2020) central. It was at 07.55 this morning, according to the Time and Date website. Nearly half an hour earlier than the latest sunrise of the winter at 08.24, which included December 31st.
Likewise, in the other direction, sunset has stretched the light 50 minutes later, from 15.54 to 16.44. So that’s about an extra hour and twenty minutes of light a day.
The horizon cloud gap was back this morning and the light looked a glowing yellow in the gap, as if the colour was compressed below the cloud. Again, I don’t know if that’s an optical illusion!?