The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True - 5. Why Do We Have Night and Day, Winter and Summer? Summary & Analysis

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5. Why Do We Have Night and Day, Winter and Summer? Summary and Analysis

Both cycles of night and day and the seasons of the year have spawned myths across many cultures. Most events in myths focus on a single occurence that inexplicably repeats itself for eternity. However, just like life and matter, cycles of time can be explained scientifically and in a way that makes more sense. Though the sun appears to cycle around the Earth, it is actually the Earth that travels around the sun, and the Earth also rotates on what is called an axis. The air, and in fact everything on Earth, travels around this same axis, and since everything is traveling at the same speed, we experience it as everything standing still.

Day occurs on whatever half of the Earth is facing...

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