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Stonehenge is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset, but, this year as in most recent years, the revelry began before sunrise.
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.
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?
We're talking about the number of minutes it takes for the body of the sun to sink below your western horizon. Fastest at the equinoxes, slowest at the solstices.
Depending on time zone, the June solstice comes on June 20 or 21. Longest day for the Northern Hemisphere. Shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere. Details here.
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.
During 2021's virtual Groundhog Day celebration - broadcast live from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania - the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, followed by "the brightest spring you've ever seen."
The brightest stars in the Northern Hemisphere's winter sky form the shape of a large hexagon, or circle, that will help you locate 6 constellations.
Photos from EarthSky community members around the world, showing what the December solstice - bringing winter to half of Earth, and summer to the other half - means to them. Thanks to all of you for sharing these evocative images with us!
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.
Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. December solstice 2020 arrives on December 21 at 10:02 UTC. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more sunlight!
Earth's shortest season - between the December solstice and March equinox - is about 89 days. Earth's longest season - June solstice to September equinox - is about 94 days. Here's why there's a difference.
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.
In December, a day - a whole cycle of day and night - is about half a minute longer than the average 24 hours. That's true whether you live on the northern or southern part of Earth.
This annual shower always peaks around the December solstice. The dark hours before dawn are best.
This year, solstice celebrations at Stonehenge monument are canceled due to Covid-19. But for the 1st time, you can celebrate the 1st sunrise of summer from Stonehenge online.
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.
We haven't had a December solstice and full moon less than a day apart since 2010. The next time will be 2029.
How long into Northern Hemisphere winter will you be able to see the Summer Triangle?
At the December solstice, a mini-Stonehenge on the rooftops of New York.
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