Human Reduced to Blog
Officially going by Vergil, now. Deal.
"Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern." - Frank O'Hara, "Mayakovsky"

I make lists: 22. UCF College Grad. Mathematician. Space Pirate Anti-hero. Yogi. INTJ. Vector from Vegetarian to Vegan.
I plan on living on a sailboat and doing mathematics and yoga for my life.
I love this flim: “Hirakiri.”

Shaolin Kung Fu

Perihelion and Aphelion
The closest point to the Sun in a planet’s orbit is called perihelion. The furthest point is called aphelion. Notice how the planet moves fastest at perihelion and slowest at aphelion.
The time during the year that aphelion and perihelion (when we are closet to the sun) changes over a roughly 100,000 year cycle, known as the Milankovitch Cycle.  Our orbit around the sun is not a circle, it is an ellipse with an eccentricity of about 0.0167.  This orbit both changes shape and rotates around the sun much like a spirogram tracing out a flower-like shape.It is summer in the northern hemisphere, a time when people often say things like, “We are closer to the sun than we are in winter.”  This is not really true.  Summer is a product of the angle at which Earth is tilted, right now Earth is tilted so that the northern regions lean toward the sun.  In terms of orbit we are actually at the furthest point Earth gets from the sun.This has interesting implications in terms of the global climate.  This means that right now winters tend to be warm (the planet is closer to the sun) and summers cool (the planet further from the sun).  In the big picture this places us in the midst of a global cool cycle, the type of situation that tends to lead to ice ages, like the one we are emerging from.

White Pine Milky Way by The Charliecam on Flickr.

Pilot Mountains by Spectacle Photography - Back from Canada - Awesome on Flickr.

Nikolay Marenkov

Lissa Bockrath, Ominous Shroud, 2014

by 有个小妞叫甜甜 on Flickr.

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