Anita Ho '93 Explains The Science And Sociality Of Solstice

December 15, 2017
By the Flathead Beacon

On Dec. 21, assuming there’s no cloud cover, Kalispell won’t see the sun rise until about 8:25 a.m., and then it’ll dive back behind the horizon by 4:45 p.m., giving valley residents a little more than eight hours to glimpse the sun.

It’s the shortest day of the year, with the shortest period of daylight, and is now considered the official start to the winter season. [...]

Anita Ho, associate professor of geology and geography Flathead Valley Community College, said we have the Earth’s tilted axis is to thank for the shifting length of days throughout the year, as well as the four seasons.

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