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Winter Begins

Thursday 12/22/2011 12:30 AM

With day the thinnest and night the fattest, the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. In ancient times, this was called The First Point of Capricorn because back then the sun was just entering the constellation of the goat-fish as autumn came to an end. Times change and stars drift (see precession), so today we would probably name it The Second (or Third) Point of Scorpio.

Round these parts, though, we just call it winter.

Music: John Denver "Rocky Mountain Christmas"

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