The Heartwarming Axis

When springtime settles in you get good weather days and you get bad weather days. Overall though, there is an improvement in the weather (subjectively, at least) which takes away a little of the chill of winter and the ice from your bones. The warmth and extra sunshine warms the soul. Sun on your neck, a little browning of the skin makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face and on the faces of those around you.

Amazing how a few extra photons hitting the ground – now that the clouds are fewer and less dense – can produce that effect.

By why do we get seasons?

A lot of people are mistaken about the causes of the seasons. Many mistakenly believe that the distance at which the Earth orbits the sun is the key determinant as to which season we are currently experiencing. Wrong. The real cause of the seasons is down to the angle at which the Earth tilts on its axis. The Earth has an axial tilt of 23.4°. At different parts of the Earth’s orbit the inclination of the planet’s surface is slanted toward or away from the sun, giving a different angle at which the sun’s rays hit the surface during the day (obviously).

“North season” by Tauʻolunga – Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

So, that change in mood, that lifting of the spirits can be attributed, in part, to the off kilter way in which the Earth is aligned.

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