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Summer Triangle is on the rise

June 21, 2014
By Mike Lynch , Marshall Independent

Summer arrived astronomically in Marshall at 5:51 a.m. today, the moment of the annual summer solstice. That's when the sun, in its path among the celestial sphere, reaches its highest point in our sky. The noontime altitude of the sun around here is just more than 68 degrees above the southern horizon. That's just a little more than 20 degrees from the overhead zenith. Actually, the sun doesn't reach its highest point in the sky at noon this time of year. That happens a little after 1:15 p.m. because of daylight- saving time and our exact longitude.

 
 
 

 

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