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See how sunlight falls on Earth's surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth's tilt causes the seasons.
The summer solstice on Mars' northern hemisphere occurs at 23:35 UTC today, July 12, 2023. At that time, the north pole is pointed most directly toward the sun.
Latest sunsets around now for 40 degrees north latitude. Latest sunrises around now for 40 degrees south latitude. Plus, a word about twilight.
On the June solstice, look west to spot a crescent moon near brilliant Venus and the dimmer, reddish Mars. This cosmic trio is a treat in our solstice sky.
The northernmost sunset (and sunrise) happens at the June solstice. Here's some quick info that'll help you connect with nature on this special day.
We're talking about how many minutes it takes for the body of the sun to sink below your western horizon. Longest sunsets take place around the solstices.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, your earliest sunrises of the year are happening around now. Southern Hemisphere? Your earliest sunsets are around now.
The 2023 December solstice is December 22, at 3:27 UTC (December 21, at 9:27 p.m. CST). Northern Hemisphere's shortest day. Southern Hemisphere's longest day.
June solstice 2023. It's the longest day for us on northern Earth, but the hottest days for the Northern Hemisphere are still to come. Why is that?
The year's shortest season - between the December solstice and March equinox - is about 89 days. It's 5 days shorter than the longest season.
The longest days accompany the winter solstice. In December, a day - a whole cycle of day and night - is about half a minute longer than the average 24 hours.
Earliest sunset at mid-northern latitudes are happening now. What if you're in the Southern Hemisphere? Watch for your earliest sunrise.
In Chinese thought, the summer solstice is associated with the color red, the sound of laughing, the fire element and a red phoenix.
On this equinox, start tracking the sunset point on your western horizon. You'll see a mighty shift between now and the June solstice.
December solstice 2021 comes on December 21. Earth will be closest to the sun just 2 weeks later, on January 4. Coincidence?
Personal solstices - photos from the EarthSky community around the world - showing what the December solstice means to them.
What a beauty! This EarthSky community member used a telescope to capture the solstice sunset from Malaysia on June 21, 2021.
On the June solstice, the sun will set at the same time in New York City and St. Augustine, Florida. But New York will have an hour more of daylight. Why?
The December solstice happens at 10:02 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 21, 2020. That time - the moment of solstice - marks the sun's southernmost point for this year.
December solstice sunrise comes at the same time for St. Augustine, Florida, and New York City. But St. Augustine has an hour more of daylight than New York. Here's why.