for the rest of the year, the Sun's path and its rising and
setting locations vary. As seen from Iowa, during the winter the Sun
rises in the southeast and sets in the southwest. In the summer it rises
in the northeast and sets in the northwest. There are two days when the
rising and setting locations are at their most extreme (furthest north
or furthest south). These days are also the dates that the Sun travels
a path that is also an extreme - very long and high above the horizon
or very short and low to the horizon. These are the days known as the Winter Solstice, which occurs around
December 21 (shortest day), while the other is called, oddly enough,
the Summer Solstice, and it
occurs around June 21. Of course, you know these days as the beginning
of Winter and Summer. Like the dates of Equinoxes, they have really
nothing to do with the weather, but with the position of the Sun
relative to the Celestial Equator.
Mar 5th, 2015
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