The shortest day of the year, known as the winter solstice, occurs between December 20 and 22.
It is an important phenomenon as it is an indicator of climatic changes and helps validate astronomical calculations, according to a statement by QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari and noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk. It occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or more specifically right over 23.5 degrees north latitude.
The summer solstice is upon us. And the Southern Hemisphere is heading from autumn to winter.
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On the longest day of the year, Anchorage gets 22 hours of daylight. These locations still draw significant crowds as we transition between seasons - at the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, and at the winter and summer solstices. In England, people will gather at the ancient UNESCO World World Heritage site known as Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old circular henge comprised of giant stone megaliths, to watch the sunrise and celebrate the pagan holiday-which for some also means dancing in the buff. Fortunately, the weather is supposed to clear up just before the sun goes down. It will mostly stay light from June 19 to June 21. Last summer, the solstice came June 20, but it will come June 21 both of the next two summers.
As the sun makes its journey northward, and the days get longer, it has more time to warm the earth.
Take in a concert - If there isn't something in your immediate vicinity, you can probably find one within an hour's drive from the Fenton area. You don't need to fly far out into space for this, fortunately.