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Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

12 Feb 2023 Updated.


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The Winter and Summer Solstice

Summer is coming to an end and a new season has started. The winter or summer solstice is also a great time of year to spend some time in nature. You can visit the North Pole and see the Northern lights or you can get outdoors and go to Vancouver’s Solstice Lantern Festival.


Stonehenge is a great prehistoric stone circle in Wiltshire, England. It is a World Heritage Site.There are many tourists who visit Stonehenge during the winter solstice. They come to witness the sunrise, which takes place above the stones. In addition to this, there is also a celebration.

Winter and Summer Solstice

Stonehenge is a sacred site that is visited by people from all over the world. The event is held twice a year. The Winter Solstice is celebrated in December and the Summer Solstice is in June.For centuries, Druids and pagans have been celebrating the return of the Sun. This is a time of renewal, rituals and reconnecting with nature.

The ancient Britons celebrated the sun’s rebirth as a symbol of spring. They believed that the stars behind the Sun at December Solstice looked like a mountain goat. Interestingly, the star behind the Sun at this time only appears every 240 years.

A major part of life during the cold winter months was to plan ahead. People stored food in the hope that they could survive the harsh conditions.

Vancouver’s Solstice Lantern Festival Winter and Summer

The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is a celebration of old world traditions, light and fire. This yearly event is hosted by the Secret Lantern Society in Vancouver, British Columbia.

They offer a variety of lantern making workshops and live performance demonstrations. Some of the festival’s activities take place at different locations, and are free and open to the public.

Winter and Summer Solstice

A labyrinth of lights is a great way to experience the magic of winter solstice. These labyrinths are located at Performance Works on Granville Island, and at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. Each has its own unique touch.

There is a wide range of activities available, and tickets are required for some. You can purchase a labyrinth ticket, which includes a stick to carry the lantern.

The Labyrinth of Light is a great indoor activity that requires some planning ahead. It can have hundreds of glowing beeswax candles, and you’ll need to buy your ticket in advance.

Polar Night Near the North Pole

A Polar night occurs when the Sun is below the horizon for more than a full day. This is not exactly a true blackout, and it does not take too long for the sky to brighten.

The shortest polar night occurs on the winter solstice. In general, the maximum length of a polar night varies from zero to a few days beyond the Arctic Circle. At the north pole, it may last for as long as six months.

Winter and Summer Solstice

At the south pole, the polar night lasts for a week longer than at the north. This is attributed to the Earth’s elliptical orbit. When the axis of the planet is tilted, it blocks off the sun from both the north and the south.

Another important tidbit is that the polar night actually starts when the Autumnal Equinox (or Equinox) occurs. However, this is not always the case. Some areas receive a bit of twilight for a month or two before the night time really begins.

Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice

The Summer or winter Solstice is the time of year when the sun is most directly overhead. Traditionally, this occurs in June, but it can also occur in December. This is a very important astronomical event, as it is the beginning of the official summer season.

It marks the longest period of daylight in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on the location, the sun can shine for up to 15 hours on the day of the solstice. In some parts of the world, such as the northern hemisphere, the sun may shine for up to 24 hours.

Winter and Summer Solstice

Since the Earth’s axis is tilted towards the sun, the equator is the point on the Earth’s surface where the day and night are nearly equal in length. After the September equinox, the Sun’s orbital path takes it further south, so days get shorter.

On the day of the summer solstice, the rays of the sun strike the Earth’s poles more directly than on any other day of the year. However, since water is slower to heat than air, the warmer landmasses are able to delay the start of summer.

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The Winter and Summer Solstice