Science / Weather / Solstice: The point at which the sun is the furthest on the ecliptic from the celestial equator. The point at which sun is at maximum distance from the equator and days and nights are most unequal in duration. The Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn are those parallels of latitude which lies directly beneath a solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice falls on or about December 21 and the summer solstice on or about June 21.


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