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A winter solstice time lapse in Fairbanks, Alaska

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Filmed in time lapse on December 21, 2012 by weather researcher Taro Nakai, enjoy the sun moving low across the sky for the winter solstice in Fairbanks, Alaska, a city that’s around 193 kilometers (120 miles) south of the Arctic circle. This video covers 11:06 – 14:59 AKST on the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year. Plus, some seasonal DIY from Vox:

Here’s another cool way to visualize the extreme of the winter solstice. In 2013, a resident of Alberta, Canada — several hundred miles south of Fairbanks, but still in a high latitude — took this pinhole camera photograph of the sun’s path throughout the year, and shared it with the astronomy website EarthSky. You can see the dramatic change in the arc of the sun from December to June.

(You can easily make a similar image at your home. All you need is a can, photo paper, some tape, and a pin. Instructions here.)


“This is a 6 month pinhole photo taken from solstice to solstice, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. We are one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and this shows it nicely.” – Ian Hennes, who created the pinhole camera photograph above.

Next: Reasons for the Seasons.

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