Hello and welcome back to another week of deceit and deception here at Factually Deficient! As the wind shrieks amongst the trees and the sun wends its weak path across the sky, I will answer a question posed by JackAlsworth. Jack asked:
Why does it get dark so quickly?
Particles of dark are naturally slow-moving. Our daylight hours are brightened by that fact, filled with light which is, in fact, nothing more than the absence of dark. But as winter nears, the particles of darkness seem to fill that nothingness of light faster and faster – as Jack observes.
As the earth spins, sometimes any given point on the planet is facing toward the sun, sometimes away – this gives us our seasons. Each spin of the earth about its axis is another seasonal cycle. (Day and night are dependent on the tilt of the pole toward or away from the sun over the course of the earth’s orbit around the sun.)
In the summer, that part of the world is facing toward the sun. The bright, gaping emptiness of the sun absorbs all the particles of darkness in its vicinity, shielding us from them and making the summer hot and the day lit and long. It takes a longer time for the darkness particles to reach us, having to pass through the sun or wait for the earth to continue along its orbit until it tilts further away from the sun, allowing the darkness to get near.
But in the winter, when the earth faces away from the sun, nothing at all, in the nothingness of space, impedes the progress of the waves of darkness. They move slowly by nature, yes, but with no obstacle to their path they come surely, inexorably, flooding our skies and our world until the earn manages to orbit close enough to the sun for it to draw away some of our curtain of darkness and lend us the illusion of light.
Disclaimer: the above post is scientifically inaccurate. Darkness travels in neither waves nor particles.