Its been just about a month since the Winter Solstice. The days have been growing longer, gaining some minutes every sunrise. The Earth is well underway tilting her poles back and we will regain those lost minutes of daylight in the mornings. The Sun will rise ever earlier each day.
I became hyper sensitive to the the Earth's shift and tilt during the years I spent in Anchorage. The effect is very pronounced there. The days shorten as the solstice approaches by losing nearly ten minutes every day. By December the sun breaks the horizon at about 11:30 AM and drops back by 1:00 PM. Near Fairbanks it does not rise at all. The world is twilight for just an hour, then dark again. Polaris remains directly over head at all times and is clearly visible in the twilight. Ursa Major swings in a tight circle around Polaris, the Great Northern Bear forever stalks the polar skies.
On this return trip I hope to see the aurora again. At times of solar activities we are treated to the spectacle of the Northern Lights. Charged particles pulled into the atmosphere by the magnetic poles of our planet, strike molecules in the upper levels and release visable light energies around the arctic circle. These banners of light wave in the solar winds, slowly fluttering on the magnetic breeze. On cold, clear and profoundly silent arctic nights, one can hear their faint static, crackling like a lost radio signal, tuning into Infinity.
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