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On June 21 when the summer solstice begins in the Northern Hemisphere, what do the people in the Southern Hemisphere call this day? In the north it is the first day of summer, but in the southern hemisphere they are experiencing winter. Does the southern hemisphere call this the winter solstice?


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The 21st June is the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere; hence, it is the first day of winter.

Likewise, 21st March is the autumnal equinox and the 21st September is the vernal (spring) equinox.

The actual dates do 'wobble about' from year to year.

Howard Barnes
Astronomer
New Zealand.



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