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Dec 21 2013

Axial TIlt

axial tilt

Axial tilt. The reason for the season.

Happy Solstice, everybody!

(Image created by Lore Sjöberg.)

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  1. 1
    Trebuchet

    I always think about my late mother on the solstice. She was somewhat obsessed with the length of the days and would, were she still alive, have called me by now telliing me “The days will be getting longer!”

    She died four years ago of myelodisplastic syndrome, a blood condition akin to Leukemia. So, in her honor, I’ve made another contribution to the Light The Night campaign.

    Enjoy your broccoli, Greta.

  2. 2
    sigurd jorsalfar

    Happy Solstice to you too, Greta!

  3. 3
    opposablethumbs

    Happy solstice, Greta! I hope you have a great week with Ingrid and friends and family and cats and cake and wine and ALL THE GOOD THINGS.

  4. 4
    Gregory in Seattle

    I’m dreaming of a real Solstice
    Just like the Druids used to know.
    It would be so pleasin’
    To stand there, freezin’
    At Stonehenge, in the sleet and snow.

    I’m dreaming of a real Solstice
    With no eclectic modern feel.
    If your blade is silver, not steel
    Then may all your Solstices be real.

  5. 5
    Al Dente

    Bah humbug to all and sundry!

  6. 6
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Sorry Greta Christina I love your work but I think you owe the Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, some credit for that one don’t you? :

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/12/21/winter_solstice_2013_the_shortest_day_of_the_year.html

  7. 7
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Y’know the day – like every other day is what ya make of it.

    I hope y’all enjoy it and have fun whatever meaning (or no meaning) you choose t’give it.

    Me? I’m going to have some good food and drink with family and get drunk and be happy. Again.

    I recommend that.

  8. 8
    Myk

    Is there a credit for that image missing, or is it your original, Greta? I want it on a shirt, and I would rather get it from the designer /artist.

  9. 9
    Greta Christina

    Is there a credit for that image missing, or is it your original, Greta? I want it on a shirt, and I would rather get it from the designer /artist.

    Myk @ #8: It’s not my original, but I don’t know where it originally came from. I’ve been seeing it around the Internet, unattributed, in several different forms and versions, for years.

  10. 10
    Greta Christina

    Myk @ #8: P.S. If you find out who created it, please let me know — I’d like to give credit where credit is due.

  11. 11
    Myk

    Well, a Skeptic’s Play blog post from 2007 sourced it from a now-defunct blog at slumbering.lungfish.com. Phil Plait also linked to the Slumbering Lungfish URL in 2007. That blog belonged to Brunching Shuttelcock’s co-founder, Lore Sjöberg, who seems to be active on Twitter at https://twitter.com/loresjoberg. Let’s see if a tweet directed at him gives us an answer.

  12. 12
    Greta Christina

    Myk @ #11: You were right. I contacted Lore Sjöberg, who says that while they didn’t originated the phrase “Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season” (it was a convergent evolution thing, they came up with it but then found that someone else had already coined the phrase), he did come up with the image. I’ve now credited him with it. Thanks for helping me track that down.

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