Tagged: Equinoxes

The day the Sun stood still - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jun 25, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] We have just passed the solstice, the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere. From now on, the hours of daylight will get longer through until the December solstice. Here I discuss why the June solstice occurs a few days before the Feast Day of St John the Baptist, the traditional time of … Read More

Does Earth have a natural prime meridian? - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Mar 20, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] We are generally habituated to using the Greenwich meridian as the global standard for mapping and time-keeping, despite it being only 135 years since its adoption. As I show here, if the Catholic Church had adopted in 1582 a more-precise calendar in terms of year length then a natural prime meridian results, in a location … Read More

Numbering our New Years - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Dec 31, 2018

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] New Year is coming in a few hours (as I write), at least on the calendar used as the global standard. Not everyone counts years in quite the same way, though.     It takes most of us a week or two to get used to the number of the year having changed. In the … Read More