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12/19/2014 – Ephemeris – Winter starts on Sunday

December 19, 2014

Ephemeris for Friday, December 19th.  The sun will rise at 8:15.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 49 minutes, setting at 5:04.   The moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 6:27 tomorrow morning.

It’s looking like November and December should trade places in the calendar this year.  And whatever the prognosis for a white Christmas this year winter will arrive on time at 6:03 p.m. Sunday the 21st.  At that moment the Sun will hover over the Tropic of Capricorn before slowly beginning its journey northward.  It is the winter of December solstice.  In the sky the Sun will be moving about its fastest eastward near the border between Ophiuchus and Sagittarius along the great circle in the sky called the ecliptic that will bring it northward.  The Sun’s motion will slowly bring longer daylight hours and a higher altitude that will counteract the cold generated in the last month or so, and will start to warm the northern hemisphere up again.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.


 December solstice 2014

The Earth as seen from the direction of the Sun at 6:03 p.m. EST (23:03 UT) December 21, 2014. The sun would be overhead at 23.5 degrees south latitude in the South Pacific. Created using Celestia.

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