In the early 21st century, the city continued to experience rapid growth, with the construction of new multifamily and mixed-use projects, as we...
Most people know that sunset is the time when the sun goes down. But did you know that the sun doesn't actually set? Instead, Earth rotates into darkness, giving us the illusion that the sun is setting. So what causes sunset?
Well, it's a combination of things. The Earth's atmosphere scatters sunlight in every direction, but blue and violet light are scattered more than other colors. This is why the sky is usually blue during the daytime. As the sun gets lower in the sky, the atmosphere becomes thicker and more dense.
This scattering of sunlight happens to a greater extent, and we see red and orange light more than blue and violet light. That's why sunset is usually a beautiful red or orange color. So next time you see sunset, remember that you're actually seeing Earth rotate into darkness!
Located in the Denver metropolitan area, Littleton is the largest city in Arapahoe County and the 26th largest city in the state of Colorado. With a population of about 117,000 as of 2016, it is the most populous city in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city is bordered by Aurora to the south and east, Lakewood to the southeast, Centennial to the south and northwest, Loveland to the north, and Louisville to the northeast. The City of Littleton is governed by a mayor and city council.
Littleton is located at 39°6′20″N 104°50′29″W / 39.12333°N 104.86909°W / 39.12333; -104.86909 (39.123003, -104.866844), near the junction of Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 36, with a total area of 24.6 square miles (63.9 km2).
The city's topography is mainly composed of prairie, with a small percentage of forests and a few hills in the outskirts. The average elevation is about 625 feet (191 meters) above sea level.
Littleton experiences a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. The hottest month is July, with a average temperature of 73.2 degrees Fahrenheit (23.8 degrees Celsius), and the coldest month is January, with a average temperature of 23.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-5.9 degrees Celsius). The average annual precipitation is about 24.5 inches (62.2 cm), with a significant portion falling in the autumn and winter months.
Littleton was founded by Walmart founder Sam Walton in 1962, when he built a small retail site on the southeast corner of Arapahoe Mall and Wadsworth Boulevard. In 1969, Walton built an expanded Walmart on the same site and christened it “The World’s largest Supercenter.”
Since its inception, Littleton has grown rapidly, becoming a major metropolitan area in its own right. The growth has been notably due to the development of the retail megastore, which has been a cornerstone in the city's economy. The city has also seen significant growth in the business and technology sectors, due to the presence of several corporations, such as Lockheed Martin and Hewlett-Packard, which have established offices in the city.
In the early 21st century, the city continued to experience rapid growth, with the construction of new multifamily and mixed-use projects, as well as the redevelopment of many older industrial and commercial districts into more residential areas. In 2016, the city was ranked as the 12th most vibrant small city in the United States by Forbes.}
As the sun sets, the sky slowly grows dark. For many people, this is a time to relax and wind down for the day. But have you ever wondered exactly when it gets dark? The answer may surprise you.
Did you know that darkness actually begins long before the sun sets? As the sun gets lower in the sky, its light has to travel through more atmosphere. This filters out some of the blue light, making the sun look redder. At the same time, shadows get longer and darker. So by the time the sun finally dips below the horizon, darkness has already begun to fall.
Of course, not all places on Earth experience darkness at the same time. Near the equator, the sun sets and rises almost directly overhead. This means that there is less of a difference between daytime and nighttime. Closer to the poles, however, the sun stays low in the sky for much of the year. This leads to longer periods of darkness during wintertime.