Two solstices occur annually, around June 21 and December From a fixed position on the ground, the Sun appears to orbit around Earth. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. When it is the summer solstice at one Pole, it is the winter solstice on the other. The former occurs around January 14 each year, while the latter occurs around July 14 each year.
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At the midpoints between these four solar events, cross-quarter days are celebrated. Further north, the Atacama people formerly celebrated this date with a noise festival, to call the Sun back. Further east, the Aymara people celebrate their New Year on June A celebration occurs at sunrise, when the sun shines directly through the Gate of the Sun in Tiwanaku.
In the Hindu calendar , two sidereal solstices are named Makara Sankranti which marks the start of Uttarayana and Karka Sankranti which marks the start of Dakshinayana. The former occurs around January 14 each year, while the latter occurs around July 14 each year. These mark the movement of the Sun along a sidereally fixed zodiac precession is ignored into Makara, the zodiacal sign which corresponds with Capricorn , and into Karkat, the zodiacal sign which corresponds with Cancer , respectively.
The Amundsen—Scott South Pole Station celebrates every year on June 21 a midwinter party, to celebrate that the Sun is at its lowest point and coming back.
The reconstructed Cahokia Woodhenge , a large timber circle located at the Mississippian culture Cahokia archaeological site near Collinsville, Illinois ,  is the site of annual equinox and solstice sunrise observances. Out of respect for Native American beliefs these events do not feature ceremonies or rituals of any kind. Unlike the equinox, the solstice time is not easy to determine.
This difference is hardly detectable with indirect viewing based devices like sextant equipped with a vernier , and impossible with more traditional tools like a gnomon  or an astrolabe. Those accuracy issues render it impossible to determine the solstice day based on observations made within the 3 or even 5 days surrounding the solstice without the use of more complex tools. Accounts do not survive but Greek astronomers must have used an approximation method based on interpolation, which is still used by some amateurs.
This method consists of recording the declination angle at noon during some days before and after the solstice, trying to find two separate days with the same declination. When those two days are found, the halfway time between both noons is estimated solstice time.
An interval of 45 days has been postulated as the best one to achieve up to a quarter-day precision, in the solstice determination. Astronomical almanacs define the solstices as the moments when the sun passes through the solstitial colure , i. The solstices always occur between June 20 and 22 and between December 20 and 23 with the 21st and 22nd being the most common dates.
The day orbit of Mars around the Sun almost twice that of the Earth causes its summer and winter solstices to occur at approximately month intervals. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the astronomical event. For the articles about the specific solstice, see December solstice and June solstice. For other uses, see Solstice disambiguation. Not to be confused with equinox. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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