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Winter Solstice, longest night and shortest day

Carter Observatory
The National Observatory of New Zealand

Winter Solstice, the longest night and the shortest day.

The Winter Solstice is on June 21 at 18:46 (6:46pm); this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 21, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year.

Brian Carter, Senior Astronomer at the Carter Observatory says, “This means that the longest night is June 21/22 and the shortest day is June 21”.

Carter Observatory is open every day to the public (except Christmas day).
Planetarium shows run daily with telescope viewing available, weather permitting.
(Please book in advance)

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