Summer Is Starting! Get the Scientific Reason for the Season

June 21, 2014 12:30 AM

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Summer Is Starting! Get the Scientific Reason for the Season

The seasons are a powerful force in our lives. They affect the activities we do, the foods we crave, the clothes we wear — and quite often, the moods we are in. The seasons officially change on Saturday, with summer beginning in the Northern Hemisphere and winter starting in the south.

The ability to predict the seasons — by tracking the rising and setting points of the sun throughout the year — was key to survival in ancient times. The Babylonians, the Maya and other cultures developed complex systems for monitoring seasonal shifts. But it took centuries more to unravel the scien...

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