THE SHORTEST DAY.

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THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by billdango » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:41 pm

For those forum members who are interested, the sun reaches its furthest point South on December the 22nd at 5.30 am.

After that it gradually gets lighter i think by about 4 minutes per day.

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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by Troppoz » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:51 pm

So whos up for a naked frolic round the maypole? :lol:
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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by Tom2006 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:30 am

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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by kata » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:47 am

So whos up for a naked frolic round the maypole? :lol:
It must be a down under thing........... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks Bill. I look forward to lighter nights soon.

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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:33 am

Troppoz wrote:So whos up for a naked frolic round the maypole? :lol:
Only if you show us how it's done first. :lol:

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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by kata » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:41 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by Conifers » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:01 am

Troppoz wrote:So whos up for a naked frolic round the maypole? :lol:
Of course that's when it starts getting darker for you :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:06 am

Isn't the 21st the shortest day?


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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:10 am

Its the day Mother Earth does a "handbrake turn" and gets us back on the right road to summer.

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Post by Trudytropics » Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:48 pm

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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by billdango » Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:28 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Isn't the 21st the shortest day?

It still is.

But the time the sun starts returning North varies slightly from year to year.

We need someone on the forum who can explain it better as astronomy is not one of my top subjects?

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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by Conifers » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:39 pm

It isn't the 21st every year, due to the year being 365¼ days long - the precise time of the southernmost point (and shortest day) creeps forward by a quarter of a day each year and gets into 22nd, until a leap year (next year) pushes it back to 21st.

There's also other small variations due to eccentricity in the Earth's orbit, perturbations by the moon and other planets, etc., but the above one is the main one.


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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by flounder » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:47 pm

Great, clear as mud :D
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Post by Springy » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:07 pm

flounder wrote: I thought the pagan fertility ritual of dancing round a great big phallic structure was done in late spring early summer icon_study
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Re: THE SHORTEST DAY.

Post by stephenprudence » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:10 pm

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