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June solstice

16 Jun 2013, 00:00 UTC
June solstice
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The word solstice means "sun standing still". Although the sun continues to move across our sky from east to west, it is said to stand still in the sense that it halts its northward or southward movement before going the other way. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending June 22, 2013

The June solstice happens at 05:04 Universal Time on June 21 this year. In the northern hemisphere, this is often called the summer solstice. And in the southern hemisphere, it’s often called the winter solstice. Many people consider the solstice to be the official start of the season associated with it. That’s despite the weather associated with those seasons often being well underway in some places by the time the solstices occur.
The word solstice means “sun standing still”. Although the sun continues to move across our sky from east to west, it is said to stand still in the sense that it halts its northward or southward movement before going the other way. This happens because the axis around which the earth turns is not at a right angle with the plane in which the earth orbits. In June, the northern hemisphere is ...

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