Summer Solstice

Stuart Highway

Note: This happened back a while ago but got lost in the drafts folder. Enjoy!

While our northern hemisphere friends have been celebrating the fact that the days are starting to get longer, we’re facing the opposite phenomenon down here. We drove up to the Tropic of Capricorn (about 30k north of Alice Springs on Stuart Highway) to watch for the sun to be directly above us at noon on the Summer Solstice.

Tropic of Capricorn

The Tropic of Capricorn is marked with a big sculpture. We at lunch, hung out with friends, and waited for “true noon” (about 12:33) to rolll around. Someone stuck a stake in the ground and we watched until there was no shadow to be seen. We still had tiny shadows, but only because people are not a uniform size.

High Noon!

Once the shadows started to reappear, we headed back to town. We stopped at the highest point on the road between Darwin and Alice and at the Alice Springs welcome sign for pictures, more of which can be seen here.

Welcome to Alice

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