The September equinox

In 2019 September 23 is the date of the September equinox and is also the first day of autumn (or the first day of spring if you're one of my readers in the Southern Hemisphere). In this post I’ll talk about the equinoxes and discus the commonly held view that they are the two days in… Continue reading The September equinox

Summer twilight

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere we are at the time of year when there is the most daylight. In this post I’ll talk about the long summer evenings: not only does the Sun set later at this time of year but the amount of twilight, when the Sun has set but it… Continue reading Summer twilight

Easter – 21 April 2019

This year, for the majority of Christians, 21 April is Easter Sunday, one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar. Although Easter is a is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, it is also widely marked by non-Christians in the UK, particularly as there are two very welcome public holidays on the preceding… Continue reading Easter – 21 April 2019

December 21 2018 – the solstice

This year, the northern hemisphere winter solstice will fall on 21 December in Britain.  On this date there are the fewest hours of daylight and the Sun is at its lowest maximum elevation. The origin of the word solstice is from two Latin words:  sol, which means Sun, and sistere, to stand still. At the time of the winter… Continue reading December 21 2018 – the solstice

June 21 2018 – the solstice

This year, the June solstice will fall on 21 June.  In the northern hemisphere, it is the day when there is the most daylight and when the Sun is at its highest in the midday sky.   Sunrise at the solstice at Stonehenge, England - image from Wikimedia commons The origin of the word solstice is… Continue reading June 21 2018 – the solstice