January 4th, 2009


Happy Perihelion!

The Earth was at its closest approach to the Sun around 8am MST (1500 UTC) today.

I have decided that this occasion makes a fantastic non-denominational winter holiday, since (1) it's hard to be late with your holiday greetings, because it generally falls a couple days after New Year's but it moves around, and (2) nobody will ever be offended if you wish them a happy perihelion, because most people will have no idea what you're even talking about.

So my Official Non-Denominational Winter Holiday Greeting™ will now be: "A Sunny Perihelion to you!"

I hope everyone's solar periapsis was warm, bright, and possessed of the full quota of neutrino flux!