Happy equinox!

Equinox: The Sun from Solstice to Solstice image by: Tunç Tezel (TWAN)
via Astronomy Picture of The Day

The picture is a composite of hourly images taken of the Sun above Bursa, Turkey on key days from solstice to equinox to solstice. The bottom Sun band was taken during the winter solstice in 2007 December, when the Sun could not rise very high in the sky nor stay above the horizon very long. This lack of Sun caused winter. The top Sun band was taken during the summer solstice in 2008 June, when the Sun rose highest in the sky and stayed above the horizon for more than 12 hours. This abundance of Sun caused summer. The middle band was taken during the Vernal Equinox in 2008 March, but it is the same sun band that Earthlings will see today, the day of the Autumnal Equinox.

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7 replies

  1. That is really beautiful, like jewellery in the sky, thank you.
    I like the idea of being poised in some moment of equanimity, even if it be of day and night.

  2. Thanks, tigtog! That’s gorgeous, and a happy equinox to you and all Hoydenizens.

  3. Just thinking about how it’s the equinoxes that really bring home to me how the Southern Hemisphere is globally Othered: I originally entitled the post Happy Vernal Equinox, because here it is Spring, before catching myself and correcting it before hitting Publish.
    I used to have a very similar disconnect over Xmas when I was young, because all our Anglo-Celtic neighbours did the same as we did – put on the full Dickens dinner with roast turkey and all the trimmings – because that’s what proper Xmas dinner is, even if it is 38’C. All the Xmas cards showed a Northern Atlantic snowy scene. Now that most Aussies have a BBQ with plenty of seafood, plus mango salads etc for Xmas dinner instead, it seems less odd, less foreign, more real.
    Maybe I’m noticing it more because of how focussed we are on the US election this year (just like every other fourth year).

  4. Heh, I always feel ripped off at the seafood lunch Xmas’. Probably because I’m not that interested in sea food. But we’ve definitely been sold an idealised idea of a northern Xmas. The only time I was actually in the North for Xmas, it wasn’t white, and when it did snow I got wet and cold and that was about it.
    Pictures look nice though.

  5. Coming from somewhere where there’s been too much snow this past year, it’s not as great as it sounds.
    Well, it’s all right if it doesn’t snow ON Christmas, because then you have to go out and move said snow, and no one wants to do that. They don’t tell you that on the cards.

  6. Heh, I always feel ripped off at the seafood lunch Xmas’.

    Oh, there should be plenty of marinated chicken bits and gourmet sausages as well if it’s done properly, Mindy.
    My family has definitely been enthusiastic adopters of the Dickens-free Xmas dinner over the last 15 years. Not coincidentally coinciding with the rise of the Xmas in July concept, I suspect (for you foreign types, that is where enterprising hostelries in cold and picturesque Southern places drive up their winter tourist quotient by putting on full slather Dickens Xmas feasts for tables full of folk, often complete with a guy in a red and white suit passing out lolly-bags to the kiddies).

  7. Unfortunately it’s usually with the seafood loving in-laws who don’t get beyond the prawns, crabs and oysters. There is usually a bit of salad and sausages for the kids. Things have definitely improved since the kids needed feeding too. Of course I could get of my bum and provide the marinated chicken bits and gourmet snags myself.
    My side of the family does the whole Dickens things, although we have been moving more towards baking the day before then having the meats cold. Long as it’s roasted it’s good!

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