Solstice to Solstice Changes in Sunlight at Falmouth, Maine

December 21, 2013

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Photographer: John Stetson
Summary Author: John Stetson

On the photos above, the Sun is represented at each hour of the day on both the summer and winter solstice at Falmouth, Maine (43 degrees north latitude). At the time of the summer solstice there are approximately 15 hours of daylight here. In the composite image on the left, utilizing a garden globe as a fish-eye lens, 14 suns can be seen; the sun at the fifteenth hour wasn't visible as it was behind the red barn. The Sun's maximum altitude on June 21 in Falmouth is about 68 degrees above the horizon.

At the time of the winter solstice, however, the Sun appears for but 9 hours. The Sun's maximum altitude on December 21 is only 22 degrees above the horizon. Photos taken on June 21, 2004 and December 21, 2004, respectively.