Sunday, 26 December 2010

The winters longest day

In England the date has  just past on December 21st, near Markfield Town, they have an Oak post cut with a deep slot in it,when the sun is square on and in line at its lowest limb,the light shines through and reaches its furthest distance behind.Thanks to Notty for his pictures.

You may also want to read about Abu Simbel in Egypt,the same idea but on a mega scale by comparison!

The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there.

Try also  ,its an amazing feat of engineering!


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