Monday, August 21, 2006

Going Down

Today we are two months from the summer solstice, one month before the autumn equinox, four months from the winter solstice. The sunset has gone one-third as far south as it will get on the horizon.

This is where it set at the solstice.

And this is where it set tonight, viewed from the same vantage. The red arrow points at the spot where it set at the summer solstice.

We've lost about a half-hour of daylight at the end of the day. To get home before dark, at the solstice you had till a little after 8. As of today, you have till 7:35.

It's still summer, but the seeds of fall are planted.

1 comment:

Andrew Shields said...

Wow, that's a trip that somebody hung that red arrow in the sky like that. I wish they would do that here, too!