Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Reason for the Season

Every time I drive by Quincy Tow at this time of year, the following occurs to me: The reason for the season is the 23.5-degree tilt of Earth's axis from perpendicular to the plane of its orbit. The shortest day of the year [winter solstice in the northern hemisphere] was Dec. 21. The big event occurred around 11:38 p.m. GMT. Our day was 9 hours and 20 minutes long on Dec. 21. Tomorrow, Dec. 26, the day will last 9 hours and 21 minutes. Yippee! The days are getting longer. Can't you feel it? Eat, drink, and be merry, for, before you know it, flowers will be blooming again. And beautiful bugs will be crawling on them.