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What in the world is this? Mysterious photo explained

DETROIT – In case you missed it when I showed it on Local 4 News Today, check out this photo...it's one of the coolest things I've ever shown you.  Any idea what it is?  Think about it for a moment before reading on.  Don't cheat!

Well, what do you think?  UFO?  Nope.  Some sort of firework display?  Nope.  Optical illusion?  Nope.

What you are looking at is a compilation of photos, taken by a man named Jesus Pelaez at a cathedral in Burgos, Spain, which is in the northern part of the country.  Approximately once a week at the exact same time each day, he took a photo of the sun, and then superimposed the photos onto a single image. 

So what you are seeing is the sun's movement throughout the sky over the course of an entire year! 

The highest point in the sky occurred on the Summer Solstice, and the lowest point in the sky was on the Winter Solstice.  Perhaps you've noticed the sun's higher path across the sky here in the summer, it's lower angle in the winter, or the changing positions of where it rises and sets through the year.  But in this photo, you see its entire path over a year. 

Isn't this neat?  I certainly thought so, and wanted to share it with you.  I hope you found this as fascinating as I did!


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