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Midwinter's Day 2017

As darkness cloaks Antarctica, science and support staff wintering across the white continent will today celebrate Midwinter's Day - the shortest day in the Austral winter. With some staff experiencing 24-hour darkness, this day represents a turning point where the return of the sun gets ever closer.
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The Solstice on June 21st (16:38 UT) 2015 marks the official start of summer.á



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Midwinter Celebrations in Antarctica

This week staff at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are celebrating Midwinter's Day in Antarctica.
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Summer Solstice Sunrise 2012

Ed ~ Happy Summer Solstice



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Antarctica celebrating Midwinter's Day

A hundred years ago Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team celebrated Midwinter in Antarctica (known as Midsummer's Day in the UK) - a tradition that continues strongly today within the Antarctic community.
This week, Antarctic winterers from over 30 nations will celebrate the shortest day in Antarctica after which the days start to slowly get longer and lighter. For many winterers, this will come as a relief as they have endured freezing temperatures as cold as -30░C, extremely high winds and nearly permanent darkness as the Sun has not risen from the horizon since mid May.

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The Philippines, along with other countries in the northern hemisphere, will experience the longest day of the year on June 21 during the annual summer solstice, the weather bureau said.

"Philippine nights are at their shortest and daytimes are at their longest around the summer solstice, which falls on June 21 at 7:09 a.m. (Philippine Standard Time)," the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

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Ed ~áSummer Solstice is atá23:09 UT, 20th June, 2012.



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Happy Solstice!



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A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun's apparent position in the sky reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun's path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction.
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Happy Solstice!

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Happy Solstice!

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