THE date marks the day with the fewest daylight hours of the year It is also when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky, in the northern hemisphere. When is the winter solstice 2018? This year’s winter solstice, which is also known as midwinter, is on December 21 at 10.23pm. The world "solstice" comes from the Latin solstitium meaning "Sun stands still" because the apparent movement of the Sun's path north or south stops before changing direction. It is the shortest day of the year. Across Europe it is known as Yule, from the Norse word Jul (or juul), meaning wheel. In the northern hemisphere it is when the North Pole is pointing away from the Sun. How is it celebrated? The day has been celebrated by various cultures around the world for thousands of years and is generally a recognition of rebirth. Most notably it is associated with the druids who mark the start of the solar year with a celebration of light and the rebirth of the Sun. The Feast of Jul was observed … [Read more...] about When is the winter solstice 2018 and how is the shortest day celebrated?
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THE summer solstice means there will be heaps of sunshine and the forecast is looking bright. Here is all you need to know about this ancient ritual and what happens on the longest day of the year. When is the summer solstice 2018? The midsummer date is set on the planet’s rotational axis. It’s decided based on the sun’s tilt towards the sun, which hits its maximum at 23° 26′ and falls between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere. This year, the summer solstice will take place on June 21 (TODAY). Is it the longest day of the year? The summer solstice 2018 is the longest day of the year. After the summer solstice the days start drawing in. Winter solstice is on December 21 and is the shortest day of the year, where sun rises at 8.04am and sets at 3.52pm, with just seven hours of daylight. Born in the usa Here's the lowdown on Thanksgiving and when the holiday falls in 2018 Midsummer night's dream Here's why revellers gather at Stonehenge on the … [Read more...] about Summer solstice 2018 – is today the longest day of the year and how many hours of daylight are there?
THOUSANDS of revellers travel to Stonehenge every year to mark summer solstice. But do you know why the Wiltshire monument attracts so many people on the longest day of the year? Here is the lowdown... When is the summer solstice? The midsummer date is set based on the planet’s rotational axis. It’s decided based on the sun’s tilt towards the sun, which hits its maximum at 23° 26′ and falls between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere. This year, the summer solstice will take place on June 21. What is the summer solstice? The ‘longest’ day of the year marks the middle of summer. This is because the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most aligned with the sun, providing us with the most daylight of the year. When it ends, the nights will began to close in as our planet rotates away from the sun. The date where Earth is the furthest from the star is marked by the winter solstice. What has the summer solstice got to do with … [Read more...] about When’s the summer solstice in 2018 and how do people celebrate the longest day at Stonehenge?
THE days are longer, the evenings are lighter and the mood is brighter during summer. You are no doubt looking forward to sizzling days in the park or garden and here we reveal those all important 2018 dates you need to look out for this year. When does summer start in the UK? There are a couple of ways of calculating when the season starts, depending on whether you mean the astronomical summer and the meteorological summer. The meteorological summer is defined as June, July and August, so always begins on Thursday, June 1 and ends on August 31. This year the astronomical summer starts Thursday 21 June, on a day which is known as the summer solstice. Around this time we will enjoy the most daylight of the calendar year, as the sun reaches its most northern point in the sky at noon, local time. Summer will come to an end on September 23. How is the first day of summer decided? The seasons occur as the Earth’s axis is on a tilt from the sun, so different parts of the … [Read more...] about When does summer 2018 start, how’s the first day decided and when is the summer solstice?
FOR centuries, the word has conjured up images of dancing, fires and ecstatic ceremonies. But what exactly is Midsummer, and is it the same as the summer solstice? Here's the lowdown... When is midsummer 2018? In England, Midsummer Day falls on Sunday June 24, 2018, the feast of St John the Baptist. In many parts of the UK celebrations primarily take place on the eve of St John - on Saturday, June 23. Huge agricultural affairs used to mark the festival in Wales, an observance which finally died out in the 19th Century. Since 1977, a folk-dance arrival originated in Cardiff, now held annually on the feast day. Midsummer festivals are celebrated throughout Scotland, notably in the Scottish Borders. Nowadays the term midsummer generally refers to both Christian, Pagan and other celebrations taking place on dates close to the solstice between June 19-24. Is it the same as the summer solstice? The two are not quite the same, though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Summer … [Read more...] about Midsummer 2018 – when is it and is it the same as the summer solstice?