UFOs over West Michigan

Yesterday (Sat.) was the Winter Solstice. It occurred at 11:19 pm. At that minute, the sun was as far south as it gets during its yearly journey. Today (Sun.), we get more daylight than yesterday, but the difference is less than one second. Right now, the sun climbs to an altitude of just 23.7 degrees above the southern horizon at solar noon, which is at 12:41 pm. We live at the west edge of the (Eastern) time zone, so our sunrise and sunset come a little later in the day than the eastern edge of the time zone (Boston, New York).

While it’s the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.  Today, the sun is directly overhead at solar noon over an imaginary line called the Tropic of Capricorn, which is 23.4368 deg. south of the Equator.  The daylight (sunrise to sunset) is 9 hours and 31 seconds in Grand Rapids, Michigan today.     On the Summer Solstice (June 21 or 22), the sun climbs to 70.5 deg. above the horizon and we get 6 hours and 21 minutes more daylight in Grand Rapids on the Summer Solstice than at the Winter Solstice.