The December solstice, often misleadingly called just the ‘winter’ solstice, is a phenomenon which marks the point of midwinter in the northern hemisphere (and conversely, midsummer in the southern hemisphere). It occurs around the 21st December (it can vary slightly) on the longest night of the year – or of course, the longest day if you’re in Australia or Patagonia, for example! In simple terms, we experience the solstices because the Earth is tipped at...
For my second post in the occasional Earth & Sky series, I bring you a travel memory which has only the flimsiest of cosmic connections – but it caused me to do a double-take among the sandstone structures of Salamanca…..read on…..
Tonight, in the northern Netherlands, children everywhere (and some adults) are opening gifts in celebration of tomorrow’s Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) Day. This tradition dates back centuries, but in recent times, one little character has been creating a storm….