Science / Astrology / Solstice: Either of two points on the ecliptic at which the Sun reaches it farthest point north (0° Cancer) or south (0° Capricorn) of the equator. The longest day of the occurs at summer solstice (first day of summer) as the Sun moves at its slowest rate; the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year as the Sun reaches its fastest rate of travel.


Science / Tides and Currents / Solstices: The two points in the ecliptic where the Sun reaches its maximum and minimum declinations; also the times when the Sun reaches these points. The maximum north declination occurs on or near June 21, ma MORE

Summer Solstice

Life Style / Holiday / Summer Solstice: This joyful Jewish harvest festival lasts nine days in September or October. It begins five days after Yom Kippur, on the day of the full moon. It involves three celebrations: The Festival of Ingather MORE

Winter Solstice

Life Style / Holiday / Winter Solstice: Since 1952, the Monday before May 24 has been celebrated as Victoria Day in Canada, even though Queen Victoria, whose birthday is being honoured, has been dead for many years. Throughout the British E MORE