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Days start to get shorter. The official cut-off point for the longest day of this year is 13.28 today Norwegian time. Don’t get out your stopwatches yet, though. “From now until the end of the month, the day will only decrease by seven minutes in total for people living in Oslo. The Sun will rise and set 3.5 minutes later and earlier. But you won’t notice the difference very much until the days start to get rapidly shorter from July/August,” Pål Brekke, senior advisor at the Norwegian Space Institute’s Space and Earth Science’s Department in Oslo tells The Foreigner. And the weather is warmer, as the Northern Hemisphere is now directly pointing towards the Sun, even though Earth is furthest away from it at the moment.

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Days start to get shorter

Published on Monday, 21st June, 2010 at 11:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The official cut-off point for the longest day of this year is 13.28 today Norwegian time. Don’t get out your stopwatches yet, though.

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“From now until the end of the month, the day will only decrease by seven minutes in total for people living in Oslo. The Sun will rise and set 3.5 minutes later and earlier. But you won’t notice the difference very much until the days start to get rapidly shorter from July/August,” Pål Brekke, senior advisor at the Norwegian Space Institute’s Space and Earth Science’s Department in Oslo tells The Foreigner.

And the weather is warmer, as the Northern Hemisphere is now directly pointing towards the Sun, even though Earth is furthest away from it at the moment.

“It may confuse some people, but it’s because of Earth’s elliptical orbit,” he says.

And if you get lost on your way home on a cloudless night, there’s always the North Star.

“You can navigate by it because the Earth’s tilt is a constant 23.5 degrees, meaning the star is always at the same point in the sky when seen from the Northern Hemisphere,” he says.

All you have to do now is remember where the Ursa Major (Big Bear) is.



Published on Monday, 21st June, 2010 at 11:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: sun, days, time, shorter, ursa, major, big, bear, oslo.





  
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