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Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 December Solstice

The December Solstice arrived in New Zealand at 5:27am this morning. That means that today was the longest day of the year, and we’ve already though begun the slow march back toward winter. But that’s still months away. Fortunately.

As I’ve said many times, the Solstice doesn’t have any special meaning in this part of the world; summer began on December First, for example. Even so, there are people who do mention it—sort of. I heard a few Kiwis mention yesterday that the Solstice was that day, possibly because it’s often on December 21. Not this year, of course. And the date and time of a Solstice is exactly the kind of detail I always need to check.

So, that’s the he last astronomical event for this year. The next one will be the March Equinox. That arrives in New Zealand at 5:15am on March 21, 2018, by the way.

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