Change of Season

Winter begins tonight at 10:08pm (Pacific Time, 21-Dec, which is 6:08am UTC, 22-Dec). For six months, the sun has been marching steadily south. Tonight it reaches the Tropic of Capricorn and turns around, heading north again.

At any moment in time, there’s one place on earth directly beneath the sun. At the moment of the December Solstice, that place will be in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Here’s a map:

Soltice Location 2007

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