Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

23.5 Degree Tilt

Our house sits on a hill above the northwest bank of the Maumee River resulting in a southern exposure for our back yard. This situation heightens the effect of the gradually increasing intensity of the sun's rays at this time of year.  The snow melts there noticeably sooner than it does in the rest of the yard.  Plants will pop up there first, too.

Our situation also makes it easy to perceive how the sun shifts along the horizon as the seasons progress.  The sun rises more and more downriver (in a northeasterly direction) as spring approaches.  At the summer equinox, we are unable to see the actual sun rise from our back porch (see the January 5, 2013 post for a view of the sun rising almost directly across the river).

This Youtube video is one of the better ones if you need help visualizing the effect of Earth's 23.5 degree tilt.

Click on the photo to see Hudson surveying his kingdom (dogdom?).

1 comment:

  1. Oh! So glad you said to click the pix! It took me a few seconds, but there he is. Awwwww ..