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Why do we have different seasons?

Why do we have different seasons?

Why do we have different seasons?


Since earliest times, man has been curious about the changing of the seasons. There are a lot of questions. Why is it warm in summer and cold in winter? Why do the days gradually grow longer in the spring? Why are the nights so long in winter?
In ancient times people thought that Gods were changing the weather and the seasons.
As we know now the earth revolves around the sun, and at the same time it revolves on its own axis. The axis of the earth isn’t at right angles to the path of the earth around the sun. The reason for this is a combination of forces: the pull of the sun, the pull of the moon, and the spinning action of the earth itself. The earth goes around the sun in a tilted position. It keeps that same position all year, so that the earth’s axis always points in the same direction, toward the North Star.

This means that during part of the year the North Pole tilts toward the sun and part of the year away from it. Because of this tilt, the direct rays of the sun sometimes fall on the earth north of the Equator, sometimes directly on the Equator, and sometimes south of the Equator. These differences cause the different seasons in different parts of the world.
Alfons Maria Mucha. Seasons

Alfons Maria Mucha. Seasons

Yannis Tsarouchis. Four Seasons. 1968

Yannis Tsarouchis. Four Seasons. 1968


The longest and shortest days of each year are called “the summer solstice” and “winter solstice”.
There are two days in the year when night and day are equal all over the world. They come in the spring and fall, just halfway between the solstices. One is the autumnal equinox, which occurs about September 23, and the other is the spring equinox, which occurs about March 21.
There are four seasons in a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
When spring comes nature awakens from its long winter sleep. The days become longer and the nights become shorter. Everything is full of life and joy.
In summer people try to get away from the city noise and spend more time in the open air.
In autumn the days become shorter and the nights become longer. The leaves turn yellow, red and brown and fall to the ground. Most birds fly away to warm countries. There is a short spell of dry sunny weather in September which is called Indian Summer.

Why do we have different seasons?

In winter the sun sets early and rises late. The rivers and lakes are frozen over. Everything is covered with snow.
Seasons are reflected in different works, in popular sayings, in the craft and lifestyle of different nations. So people in hot countries have never seen snow, but the Eskimos, on the other hand, live in difficult winter conditions almost all year round. It turns out the Inuit language contains more than 500 word expressions with the word snow. Eskimos name different types of snow by different terms.

All seasons are wonderful

All seasons are wonderful

All seasons are wonderful

All seasons are wonderful

Different seasons in one picture

Different seasons in one picture

Different seasons in one picture

Different seasons in one picture