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Ever wondered what the 23.44° in our logo means?
Here at First Light on the most easterly tip of Britain, we are inspired by the land, the sea, seasons and time as well as our place in the universe.
Astronomers accurately determine what the nature of Earth’s orbit is, its precise distance from the Sun and that we orbit the Sun with one pole constantly tilted towards it – which is known axial tilt.
This is where a planet’s vertical axis is tilted a certain degree towards the ecliptic of the object it orbits (in this case, the Sun). This tilt results in there being a difference in how much sunlight reaches a given point on the surface during the course of a year.
In the case of Earth, the axis is tilted towards the ecliptic of the Sun at approximately 23.44° (or 23.439281° to be exact). This tilt in Earth’s axis is what is responsible for seasonal changes during the course of the year. The four seasons can be determined by the solstices (the point of maximum axial tilt toward or away from the Sun) and the equinoxes (when the direction of tilt and the Sun are perpendicular).
In the northern hemisphere the summer solstice is around June 21st. Find out more about the cosmos and our place in it with our event with experts Dr Kevin Fong and Professor Carolin Crawford https://firstlightlowestoft.com/…/your-place-in-the-cosmos…/
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