How to Calculate the Winter Solstice Sun Angle?

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The rays of the summer sun, high in the sky, arrive at a steep angle and heat the land much more than those of the winter sun, which hit at a shallow angle. During a solstice (Dec. 21 and June 21), the Earth's axis is positioned relative to the sun. The hemisphere farthest from the sun experiences the winter solstice, with the direct rays of the sun falling 23.5 degrees north of the equator.
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