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Winter Solstice Arriving Soon

Carter Observatory

The National Observatory of New Zealand

PRESS RELEASE

Winter Solstice,
the longest night
and the shortest day.

The Winter Solstice is on June 22 at 06:06; this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 22, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year. It also means that the Sun rises at its most Northerly point of East and sets at its most Northerly point of West.

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 22”.

ENDS

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