THE SEASONS THEY ARE A CHANGIN’

WEDNESDAY WILL BE THE LAST FULL DAY OF THE ASTRONOMICAL FALL SEASON IN INDIANA.   THURSDAY DECEMBER 21ST MARKS THE START OF WINTER AS THE WINTER SOLTICE OCCURS AT 722 PM EST.

THE WINTER SOLTICE IS WHEN THE SUN CROSSES OUR SKIES AT ITS
LOWEST POINT...ONLY 28 DEGREES ABOVE THE HORIZON. THIS IS ALSO THE
SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR WITH SUNRISE AT 802 AM EST AND SUNSET AT
523 PM EST YIELDING ONLY 9 HOURS AND 21 MINUTES OF DAYLIGHT.

THE UNITED STATES NAVAL OBSERVATORY DEFINES THE WINTER SOLSTICE AS
THE DATE ON WHICH THE EARTH’S POSITION IN ITS ORBIT IS SUCH THAT
ITS AXIS IS MOST DIRECTLY TILTED AWAY FROM THE SUN.

THE ASTRONOMICAL WINTER OCCURS ACCORDING TO THE CONFIGURATION OF THE
EARTH’S ORBIT AROUND THE SUN AND DIFFERS FROM METEOROLOGICAL WINTER
WHICH IS BASED ON THE CALENDAR AND RUNS FROM DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH
THE END OF FEBRUARY.



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