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Sorry it isn’t a few days old, but this year’s Solstice hasn’t happened yet! This was taken one day before last year’s solstice, 12/20/2019, at Noon PST. I have a small mirror in front of my house, which reflects the sun onto my outside wall. Every day, I mark the reflection on the wall exactly at noon, which delineates an analemma over the course of a year. It took me a couple of years to get it done. Since the sun is lower in the sky, it’s reflection is lower on the wall. At the Solstice,(sol=sun, sistere = to stand still ), the sun seems to pause, and reverses it course. It is directly overhead at noon at 23.5 deg S, Tropic of Capricorn. It’s the reason for the Season !!!