June 20- The Solstice

The June solstice will fall on June 20 or June 21 this year, depending on where you are in the world.  It is the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the day when the Sun is at its highest in the midday sky (see note). The origin of the word solstice is from the Latin words sol,… Continue reading June 20- The Solstice

The first day of spring

Now that we are in the month of March, for most of us in the northern hemisphere the worst of the winter is over, and it is only a couple of weeks until 21 March, the first day of spring. 21 March is an important date for other reasons, too. For one thing, it is used as the basis for the… Continue reading The first day of spring

September 18 The Shortest Day

Revised 10 September 2018 Most people are probably unaware of this but the length of a solar day, which is the natural day measured by the rising and setting of the Sun isn't  always 24 hours. It varies slightly throughout the course of the year and that September 18 is in fact the shortest solar day in the year. This post… Continue reading September 18 The Shortest Day

The June Solstice

The June solstice, which for most of the world will fall on June 21 this year, is the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the day when the Sun is at its highest in the midday sky (see note). The origin of the word solstice is from the Latin words sol, which means Sun, and sistere, to stand… Continue reading The June Solstice