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Solstice and lunistice

14 Dec 2014, 00:00 UTC
Solstice and lunistice
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The sun will be at its southernmost point on Sunday, December 21. It will be 23.4° south of the equator. You'll probably hear about this solstice in the news or social media. Not so many people pay attention to the moon though. It will also be at is southernmost point, 18.7° south of the equator. That's call the lunistice. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending December 20, 2014
The sun will be at its southernmost point on Sunday, December 21. It will be 23.4° south of the equator. You’ll probably hear about this solstice in the news or social media. Not so many people pay attention to the moon though. It will also be at is southernmost point, 18.7° south of the equator. That’s call the lunistice.
When the sun goes as far north or south as it will before changing direction, it’s as though it halts in its tracks. And so two Latin words meaning sun and standing still were combined to create the word solstice. Likewise, lunistice is the combination of Latin words for moon and standing still. But most people have never heard of the lunistice because it doesn’t have nearly as ...

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