# Ballance egg on end on winter solstice

• lortech
In summary, the conversation discusses the urban legend of being able to balance an egg on its end during the winter solstice. However, this phenomenon has no scientific basis and is simply a matter of practice. A video by Phil Plait is shared as proof.
lortech
Well, I missed the opportunity to try this.

Seems, within the first one two two minutes, you can balance a egg on its end when the Earth is at its solar minimum called the winter solstice..the shortest day of the year.

Now, I figure, the Earth's gravitational constant in relation to the sun and moon have a play in this phenomena? Anyone care to explain what is happening in this case with physics math?

Not much to explain. That "balancing an egg at the equinox" is an urban legend--no basis in fact.

Here's a video from Phil Plait (BadAstronomy.com) showing how he balances an egg:

Yes, you can balance an egg on the solstice. And on the equinox. And on Christmas, Arbor Day and St. Mungo's Day. It takes a little bit of practice, that's all.

## 1. How is it possible to balance an egg on its end on the winter solstice?

Contrary to popular belief, balancing an egg on its end on the winter solstice is not due to any special gravitational pull or alignment of the planets. It is simply a matter of finding the right balance point on a flat surface. The egg's shape and weight distribution make it possible to find this balance point, regardless of the time of year.

## 2. Is there a specific time or location where this can be achieved?

No, you can balance an egg on its end at any time and in any location as long as you have a flat surface and a steady hand. While some may claim that the winter solstice is the only time this can be achieved, it is possible to balance an egg on its end on any day of the year.

## 3. What does balancing an egg on the winter solstice symbolize?

There is no specific symbolism or meaning behind balancing an egg on the winter solstice. It is simply a fun and interesting scientific experiment that has become associated with this particular day due to its cultural significance.

## 4. Are there any tricks or techniques to balancing an egg on its end?

Yes, there are a few techniques that can help you successfully balance an egg on its end. One is to use a slightly textured surface, such as a tablecloth, which can help the egg stay in place. Another is to gently tap the top of the egg to create a small dent, which can provide a more stable surface for balancing.

## 5. Can any type of egg be balanced on its end?

Yes, you can balance any type of egg on its end, including chicken, duck, or even ostrich eggs. However, larger eggs may be more difficult to balance due to their weight and size.

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