The Winter Solstice – 21 December 2013

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘The word “solstice” means the standing still of the sun. Of course, the sun never stands still…’

It’s the winter solstice today.

So, from today, we northern hemisphere-ers start to see a tiny bit more daylight – admittedly, it’s a very slow process.

To celebrate the day, here are two newspaper reports that explain the science of the solstices – we especially like the diagram in the second article.

historical newspaper report on winter solstice

Dundee Courier – Monday 21 December 1908

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000164/19081221/051/0004

historical newspaper report on winter solstice

Dundee Courier – Monday 22 June 1931

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000564/19310622/106/0006

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