Most of us grow up knowing that the Earth rotates and at times it’s tilting in a way that the sun hits us o we have daylight. Then we’re tilted away from the sun, so we have nighttime. There are places on Earth that get months of darkness and months of lightness due to its tilting in relation to the Earth’s orbit, too.
Today we’re going to chat a bit about what makes day and night happen. While you may already know, we’re hoping this is a great conversation that intrigues you all to chat more about day and night on Earth.
During the summer season, Earth tilts at such an angle that provides the Northern hemisphere longer days. As you can imagine the southern and northern hemisphere’s experience different levels of daylight and nighttime based on how the Earth is tilted.
Earth is tilted at an angle measured to be approximately 23.5 degrees. This may change slightly throughout the centuries as different weather patterns occur. For example, a super-strong earthquake has been known to slightly adjust the tilt of Earths’ rotation and thus causing changes in our day versus night hours.
We have a summer solstice when the Earth is tilted 23.5 degrees towards the sun. This is the longest day of the year, with winter solstice being the shortest day of the year. You can see that the position of Earth with the sun is truly what causes the day and night schedule.
You’ll notice that some areas of the world are a day ahead of us, while others are just hours behind us. This is all related to where the Earth and Sun rotation are at the current moment in time. The rotation and angle of tilt will create a daytime environment for some folks, while others are asleep in their beds.
We hope you enjoyed reading this and will share your thoughts about day versus night, such as perhaps whether you enjoy daytime or nighttime more?!