Christmas Day January 7th?

Happy New Year to my readers and followers and I hope you have successful 2023. Although for most us the Christmas and New year festivities are over, for followers of the Orthodox form of Christianity, Christmas is yet to come, as they don't celebrate their Christmas until January 7 The reasons for celebrating Christmas 13… Continue reading Christmas Day January 7th?

No more leap seconds

With all the events going on in the world it passed almost unnoticed that a decision was made recently to abolish the leap second. The resolution  was made on 18 November 2022 during a meeting held in Paris  held by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. What is a leap second? The length of… Continue reading No more leap seconds

Daylight Saving Time ends 2022

In the early hours of Sunday 30 October the clocks go back an hour throughout most of Europe and daylight saving time (DST) comes to an end. In this post I'll talk about the practice of putting the clocks backwards and forwards and why it is falling out of favour   The beginning of DST… Continue reading Daylight Saving Time ends 2022

June 21 2022 – the solstice

This year, the June solstice will fall on 21 June.  As most people know, In the northern hemisphere, it is the day of the year when there is the most daylight and when the Sun is at its highest in the midday sky. The origin of the word solstice is from two Latin words:  sol, which… Continue reading June 21 2022 – the solstice

The equinox 20 March 2022

In 2022 March 20 is the date of the March equinox and is also the first day of spring (or the first day of autumn if you're one of my readers in the Southern Hemisphere). In this post I’ll talk about the equinoxes and discuss the commonly held, but incorrect, view, that they are the… Continue reading The equinox 20 March 2022