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Winter Solstice
December 22 is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, bringing us the shortest daylight period and longest night of the year. Revelers dance in the snow after a sunrise service at Stonehenge in England. Hundreds of people gathered at the ...

Winter solstice means 'illumination' at California mission
It was just after dawn Wednesday, the day of the winter solstice. Outside the 200-year-old mission at the heart of tiny San Juan Bautista, Native American drummers sang, urging the sun to rise. Inside, dozens of parishioners rubbed the sleep from their ...

Hong Kong Live Poultry Ban, Cull Hurts Solstice Banquet Plans
22 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong celebrates winter solstice today without fresh chickens in the feast marking the occasion after officials culled tens of thousands of birds and banned the sale and import of live poultry to prevent a bird flu outbreak. ...

The winter solstice, a split second on Earth's analog clock
At the winter solstice the sun is a layabout, so late to get rolling that it misses most of the rush hour. It hangs low in the sky, lurking behind bare trees. Only for a few hours at midday is the sun high enough to survey the world it supposedly warms ...

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keithowen99 RT @megschwamb: Happy Solstice! Enjoy a long winter's night Northern Hemisphere.

Teslagrl Coworker biked into work yesterday (8? Miles) on the solstice! http://t.co/O5euGeSK

SharonWheelock Yay...winter solstice (shortest day) today...days will now start to get longer

dhstudio RT @MotherJones: Happy Winter Solstice! http://t.co/ss2eBKg6

ArchetypalAstro @astrogeek895 Chris Ohm Solstice blessings brotha! @ArchetypalAstro

nari344 Happy Winter solstice!! :) 冬至やねー。

Robin2go RT @obahama: The Solstice is upon us. Party on ye pagans.

SamMann4 RT @misosusanowa: Solstice: Light Waxes - love and light to all strugglers for justice and balance. #ows #occupywallstreetNYC #occupytogether #occupyearth

jbrooksbudhoo Winter has come: Happy Solstice, everyone. Today is the darlest day of the year. After we get through this, thi... http://t.co/czb0l6ef

spottydogfiend Winter solstice today! Burning the Clocks festival – in pictures http://t.co/fDDSshJM via @guardian

MaiyaKate Bonjour à tous. Et voici le #solstice d'hiver, nous sommes obligés de suivre.

MarkDEvans @skybluemandyloo apparently not! @SilentBobF1 alerted me to that fact yesterday! Winter solstice moves… #whoknew!

vinarwrr Happy Solstice! :D

dkaier Winter solstice means 'illumination' at California mission http://t.co/xLBQo9zL

roviloria Winter Solstice? Tama ba? Wooo, mas mahaba ang gabi sa araw. Yiii, sarap matulog. :))

Discussions

How do you lock your text messages on the Samsung Solstice? by mc_the_drummer Q: How do you password protect your text messages on the Samsung Solstice (if it's possible at all)?

A: do you have an online manual?

How much will a Pontiac solstice cost in the year 2009? by sweet l Q: I would like to now this about a 2006 solstice that has a good amount of miles on it and is still in good shape

A: A great load cheaper than this years model. They are desperate to sell cars now more than ever. The collapse of the US credit market will make them even more eager to sell for less as far fewer can buy. Going south will drop it traumatically. (two years or older is tariff free under NAFTA) GM is not king of the auto world anymore and want to claim their crown again. Go shopping and haggle as most dealerships are just dieing to sell them as the sales figures are way down this year, with a back log of them sitting around at the factory yards, reflecting that. Figure on what you realistically want to pay and then haggle until you get it. Look for a dealership with lots of cars on the lot. The more the cars the more urgent they need to move them. As I see your asking about a 2006 model but fail to state mileage other than high, I will attempt to give some help. A 2006 model loaded with everything with around 20,000miles or 32,000Km should not be over $16,000.00 US or CAN. If it is move on, as there are lots on Ebay and Auto Trader that that are that right now. A new one is like 43,000.00 and up. Big price drop.

Can someone give me a SIMPLE difference between equinox and solstice? by ☆emilee☆ Q: So I have been looking around the internet but all I can find is long and confusing paragraphs about the differences between equinox and solstice. If anyone has a one or two sentence simple answer, please help me out! I really appreciate it! Thanks a bunch!

A: Solstice vs. Equinox. Solstice refers to the two times each year when the sun's strongest rays are furthest from the equator. For the northern hemisphere, summer solstice occurs around June 21st and winter solstice around December 21st. Equinox refers to the two times each year when the sun's strongest rays are directly hitting the equator.

Were the tsunamis connected to the winter solstice? by 2kool4u Q: There were two mega tsunamis in the last few years around the time of the winter solstice. Could there have been a connection between the tsunamis and the solstice, or not?

A: Nope... Tsunamis are associated with geological activity such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Severe weather (such as hurricanes and typhoons) can, on rare occasions, generate SMALL tsunamis. The principal extra-terrestrial activity that might generate a tsunami would be a large asteroid falling into the ocean. Solstices and equinoxes are merely incidents of polar alignment. .

At what rate does the length of the days change after the winter solstice? by skol bukol Q: So December 21, the winter solstice, is the shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. That makes the winter solstice a day that encourages optimism because after it, the days only get longer. But how many seconds or minutes do they increase each day? I am sure this depends on what latitude the length is measured from. My guess is that the days increase more slowly at first because of the earth's elliptical orbit, but I am not sure. Is there a chart or equation with which to measure?

A: Yes, the length of the day does depend on latitude, but the graph showing length of days is quite stable over the whole year, for any particular location. I don't have any equations to give you, as they can be quite involved, but I do have another way out. 1) Go to this fabulous website : http://www.analemma.com/Pages/framesPage.html 2) Click on the yellow title "other phenomena". 3) Scroll down near to the end of the page and click the SunGraph image. You will then be offered a choice as to which one to download. 4) You can enter your own location and see the yearly graph. You should be able to estimate within, say, 5 -10 minutes, the number of hours of daylight on each day, and be able to see how much one day differs from the next. You have to admit, this is a beautiful program. This graph will be the same for all years, so it's possible for your particular location, to note down, say, 12 points for the months (you may need more) and the corresponding day length, and create your own local equation, as I have done many years ago. Depending on the curvature, you may find that putting your points into either a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th degree polynomial may be sufficient for your needs. You just have to see which is the best fit for your points. Alternatively, forget the equation and just print out the page using ALT/PRINT SCREEN and paste into Paint. Hope you have fun with this.

How can i lock an application on my samsung solstice? by ELi<3; Q: I want to lock my messages and memos on my samsung solstice sgh-a887 but every time i try to do it by putting in a password it tells me: Incorrect Password. What can i do to fix this? Or how can i figure out what my password is? Thanks :)

A: The usual password is usually the last 4 digits of the phone number. If that fails, try 0000, 1234, 9999. If it allows 6 digits, try 000000 and 123456.

What type of video file formats can the Samsung Solstice play? by Soy Mexicano pinche cabrónes Q: if i put videos to the Samsung Solstice what type of videos can it play back? i mean like files like 3gp, wmv, mp4, things like that

A: It doesn't play MP4. That's about it. but WMV works fine.

How many gallons of gas fit in a pontiac solstice tank? And how many miles can i get per gallon? by little moments Q: I'm tring to find a car that doesn't use to much gas because gas is expensive. So I'm curious about the pontiac solstice. Thanks for your help!!!

A: Specs Fuel Tank Capacity: 13 gal. Auto EPA Mileage Estimates: 19 mpg / 24 mpg Range in Miles: 247 mi. / 312 mi. Manual EPA Mileage Estimates: 20 mpg / 26 mpg; Range in Miles: 247 mi. / 327 mi IF looking at Fuel mileage and small convertible Miata MX-5 Speed and performance GXP Solstice

What is the temperature of earth during the summer solstice? by Q: and winter solstice? the northern, southern and equator of the earth

A: Your question is too ambiguous to answer.

How to change the lock pictures on the samsung solstice? by Q: I got a new samsung solstice and every time it locks or unlocks there are about 8 different pictures that show up. Is there a way to change or delete the pictures that show up. i would like to have the pictures that i have taken to show up instead of the phones default ones. Also can i download apps and put on the phone via pc and usb cable instead of 3g.

A: it's call screensaver, you can create new screenshot using a custom tool on www.samsung-solstice.com

What time does the lunar eclipse and winter solstice begin in California? by Berayan Q: What time does the lunar eclipse and winter solstice begin in California? Pacific time :) (if possible, give details) THAAANKKSS!! Can you also say how long each will be (if possible) and if your answer is to solar eclipse or winter solstice (if possible) THAAAAAANKS

A: I seem to recall 10PM. But that kind of depends upon whether you're under that monsoon going on there. edit: Total eclipse time is looks to be 12:17AM 2nd edit: The solstice is at 23:38 UTC (3:28pm PST)

Why does is continue to warmer or colder after the respective summer and winter solstice? by Q: The summer solstice is right around 21 June, when the sunlight is most direct on the northern hemisphere. But, that is not the warmest day of the year despite the fact that the days shorter and the sunlight is less direct. Why oh why?

A: Because there's very little change in solar declination for at least a month after each solstice, so heat either continues to build up, or cool down. By the time of the summer solstice, the sun's declination has been 20 degrees plus for only a month. By July 21, it's been at 20 degrees plus for TWO months. Since the sun has been essentially just as high for an extra month, July 21 is bound to be hotter on average than June 21. The reverse is true for January 21. By then the sun has been 20 degrees or more below the celestial equator for a month longer than on December 21, so it's bound to be colder on average.

Have you put a tree inside your house to give the forest spirits a place to hide during the winter solstice? by Desiree Q: Some people call them Christmas trees but they’re really called ‘tannenbaum’ which is the German word for fir tree. It’s an old custom, far older than Christian myths, that during the winter solstice which is the longest and coldest night of the year, the friendly forest spirits needed a place to hide. That’s why people bring fir trees or pine trees into their homes on December 25. It has nothing to do with Christianity.

A: I don't care what you call them, who ever cuts one down should get down on their knees and beg forgiveness from Mother Earth for such mindless and tragic folly.

How do I determine the angle of the sun at the winter and summer solstice in Dubuque, Iowa? by grieptr Q: I want to plant a "V" of trees in an old pasture. Each arm of the V will describe the shadow cast by a pole at the winter and summer solstice. Any advice on how to go about this? I have to plant the trees this month, so waiting for the dates isn't possible.

A: Use the Solar Altitude and Azimuth Calculator: http://www.usc.edu/dept/architecture/mbs/tools/vrsolar/frameset.html

How to turn off the vibrate on Samsung Solstice? by Cool Q: I just bought a Samsung Solstice and I can't figure out how to turn off the vibrate when I get a text. I found out how to turn it off when i get a call, but I don't know about the text. Does anyone know how to turn off the vibrate when you receive a text?

A: Yes, I just got one as well. Here's how, go to: Menu Settings Sound Profile Normal Then there should be a dropdown menu in the top right corner of the screen. Click the down arrow, then click on message. Then, under message alert type, you can change it to just the melody with no vibration. Hope this helps! :)

How do I import pictures from my samsung Solstice 2 onto my computer? by Q: I plug my samsung Solstice in to my computer and nothing happens. If I go to devices, it shows it and says it has a problem and when I try to fix it and download software, it doesnt go through. I have pictures I NEED to get on my computer now, so PLEASE help!! D:

A: I use a Memory Card designed for you to stick ur tiny phone memory card into. If not that, email it using gmail.

How do I transfer pictures from my Samsung Solstice to my Computer with the USB cord my phone came with? by amy.hoelscher Q: I just recently got the Samsung Solstice by AT&T and my phone came with a USB cord, I have been working at this for almost a week trying to figure out how to get my picture from my phone to my computer. I had done it with old phones, but it isn't working for this one! Please help if you know what to do!

A: This is the best long term solution. Get a micro SD card. Get a micro SD card reader. Plug the card into your phone and transfer the files onto it, then plug the card into the reader, and plug the reader into the computer. You can then access the card like a flash drive. Readers are like 5$, card are like 15$+. Otherwise http://ars.samsung.com/customer/usa/jsp/faqs/faqs_view.jsp?SITE_ID=22&PG_ID=557&PROD_SUB_ID=558&PROD_ID=1819&AT_ID=157928

How do I use my own mp3 files as ringtones on my Samsung Solstice 2? by Q: Is there a way for me to use songs I already have as ringtones on my Samsung Solstice 2? I have software to edit them and make them small enough and short clips, but I don't know how to transfer them so they will work as ringtones, not just music files on the phones music player. Any help?

A: just use a FREE site called Ventones to download or make any ringtone you want its the best of all the sites

What summer and winter solstice in Alaska? by Q: Summer solstice has never gets dark, and sun is continue. Winter solstice has dark in long time, and sun has short time. Fall and spring are normal times. I hate summer solstice because that midnight sun, and I love winter solstice because that's enjoying in short daylight.

A: Summer solstice June 21. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun rises sometime early in May and does not set until the first week in August. Winter Solstice is December 21. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun sets sometime in November, and does not rise until the first week in February. I know it is beautiful to see the Aurora Borealis! Such beautiful country! Such gorgeous skies! In the Antarctic, the opposite seasons apply.

How did the pagans celebrate the winter solstice? by Jason D Q: Does anyone know of what sorts of traditions and ceremonies were part of this event? I've heard that the winter solstice (maybe more than the summer solstice, the longest day) was perhaps the biggest celebration for pagans in the year, as the winter solstice was the start of days getting longer and more all important sun. Is this true? Also, is there a coincidence that Christmas is near this day?

A: You may have heard of apple wassailing, the medieval winter festival custom of blessing the apple trees with songs, dances, decorations and a drink of cider to ensure their fertility. Here's another, more obscure tradition that most certainly predates Christmas, and was probably once a solstice ritual, because it is so linked to the themes of nature's rebirth and fertility. In Romania, there's a traditional Christmas confection called a turta. It is made of many layers of pastry dough, filled with melted sugar or honey, ground walnuts, or hemp seed. In this tradition, with the making of the cake families enact a lovely little ceremony to assure the fruitfulness of their orchard come spring. When the wife is in the midst of kneading the dough, she follows her husband into the wintry garden. The man goes from barren tree to tree, threatening to cut each one down. Each time, the wife urges that he spare the tree by saying: "Oh no, I am sure that this tree will be as heavy with fruit next spring as my fingers are with dough this day."

What was that funny youtube video with that emo kid named Winter Solstice? by Molly M Q: I remember watching this youtube video a long time ago, and it was hilarious. It consisted of 3 parts and the movie was about 30 minutes total. It was about these friends who lived together in an apartment and the one "misunderstood artsy emo kid" was named Winter Solstice. Does anyone know what I'm talking about, because I'd love to watch it again!

A: isnt that the same guy who did the leave brittny alone video?

Why does the south pole receive over 550 watts at the December solstice? by Gopher Q: And the exact opposite too, why does the north pole receive over 550 w/m2 during the June solstice?

A: At those times the Sun is at its highest point in the sky (about 23.5 degrees elevation), thus the energy input per unit area is at it maximum.

What is the significance of a Jupiter/Neptune transit during the Winter Solstice? by Sidereal Sagittarius Erectus Q: "An uber-idealistic conjunction between Jupiter and Neptune occurs on December 21, the same day as the Winter Solstice and the Sun's entrance into Capricorn. Venus enters commitment-prone Capricorn on December 25; Mercury then turns retrograde the following day..." (from iVillage) So, what kind of attitudes and behaviors are encouraged by this conjunct on the 21st?

A: Lol, sounds like bad news to me, but anyhow.... Jupiter conj Neptune would indicate expansion of idealism, but also illusion and delusion. Anyone being affected by this conjunction would feel extra confident and optimistic, but would not necessarily be behaving or thinking in the most rational manner due to this. They'll be dreaming big, possibly/probably acting on those dreams, but not taking a lot of time to think about the possible downside of those big ideas. Throw in Mercury retrograde and you're bound to see all kinds of people with the best of intentions fumbling around all over the place completely oblivious to the fact that there's every possibility of falling flat on their faces. Jupiter conj Nep can also indicate expansion of the spiritual awareness of the individual, I suppose, once again providing they're aspecting the natal chart. Oops, completely forgot about the solstice part. I'll think more about that, but may or may not have more of an answer than this later.

How many hours of north shadows on day of summer solstice? by Dilbert Q: If you stand in the middle of the continental USA and draw an imaginary east west line, on the day of the summer solstice, the sun will appear to be north of that line in the early AM and late afternoon. How many hours will the sun appear to be south of that line, such that the shadows will point at least partly north? As the calendar leaves the solstice, how fast does that answer change?

A: The answer depends strongly on your latitude. Here are approximate numbers, ignoring the effects of refraction and the size of the solar disk: Latitude 45 N: 3 hours 25 minutes, morning and evening, sun is north of the east-west azimuth; total time north of the line during the day is twice that, or 6 hours 50 minutes. Between these times, the Sun will spend 8 hours 35 minutes south of the line. I will write this as: Latitude 45 N: 3:25 / 8:35 / 3:25 Latitude 40 N: 3:30 / 7:51 / 3:30 Latitude 35 N: 3:43 / 6:54 / 3:43 Latitude 30 N: 4:13 / 5:29 / 4:13 Latitude 25 N: 5:19 / 2:54 / 5:19 South of the Tropic of Cancer, the Sun is north all day long at the June solstice.

How do you put the Samsung Solstice on complete silence? by Cassie! Q: I just bought the Samsung solstice and I was wondering if there is a way to completely silence the phone. I'm talking no ringtone nor vibration.

A: There should be a widget on your widget bar that looks like a blue rectangle with rounded edges and a white amplifier, tap it, then tap Silent. OR do: 1. Menu 2. Settings 3. Top of the page~ tap Sound Profile 4. Tap Silent

I have rectangular marks on the soft top of my Pontiac Solstice, anyone have the same problem? by youngd37 Q: I have had my solstice for almost a year and on both the driver and passenger sides there is a mark the shape of a rectangle on the soft top. I finally realized when the top is down there are two pieces of plastic on the inside of the trunk that push down on the top when it is down. I am becoming very concerned about this for cosmetic reasons and because I fear it may actually put a hole in it over time. Has anyone else had this problem or know of any remedies?

A: Is the rectangle just a crease on the top, or is it actually damaged to the point of having been stretched or scratched? Best thing to do is take it to a Pontiac dealer for them to look at - While your waiting to get it in, resist the temptation to put the top down. Leave it up so that you do not damage it anymore than it may have already been. If your under warranty, they'll take a look at the cause and work to fix or alleviate that. For the top itself, a replacement will depend on how permanent the damages are. Best of luck

How do I get the alarm clock symbol of my Samsung Solstice screen? by Allison25 Q: I got a Samsung Solstice recently and I set an alarm on it. The blue clock symbol popped up when the alarm went off. When I turned the alarm off it stayed there. So I deleted the alarm all together and it still stayed there. How do I get it to go away?

A: just touch it and hold it, then you can move it to the side bar on the left

How to celebrate the pagan winter solstice? by Jill Q: I'm atheist but im very much into world religions like Buddhism and Wicca and of course Paganism, which is perhaps my favorite. The winter solstice is coming up, (a holiday the pagans celebrate) id like to celebrate this holiday but i dont know how. If anyone could tell me how to celebrate this holiday or a website or book i could read to help me. thank you. happy holidays.

A: If you're interested in celebrating the more eurocentric pagan rituals around this time of year then I can reccomend the following Celebrating the Irish Festivals: by Ruth Marshall. My main advice to you would be to read up as much as you can (online from respected sources) and discover the myths and traditions that have developed around this time of your. For the Celtic people it was a time to celebrate the return of the sun after so much gloomy darkness. Having grown up in Ireland myself I can assure you that the end of days with a couple of hours of light (which is more like twilight even on a sunny day) is something worth celebrating. The wikipedia article on Yule would be a good starting place to do some research - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule

What oil should I use for my 2006 Pontiac Solstice? by Hmmmmm? Q: I just recently bought a Solstice and it is due for an oil change. I like to do it myself. A buddy told me that the Solstice uses synthetic oil, but I could not find that anywhere in the owner's manual. Can someone who knows let me know whether or not this car requires synthetic oil? thanks.

A: If your Pontiac Solstice is equipped with the 2.0L L4 Engine, then yes, it requires a 0W-30 or 5W-30 full synthetic oil meeting GM Standard GM4718M. If it is equipped with the 2.4L L4 Engine, then synthetic or semi-synthetic oil is optional as long as it meets GM Standard GM6094M, which most synthetic oils will meet or exceed. To find recommendations for your specific vehicle, an online product lookup guide is available at our website, http://www.gforcesynthetics.com Simply enter your vehicle's make, model, and engine and it will give you all fluid capacities, types, and filter recommendations.

How do you change the locked screen pictures on the Samsung Solstice phone? by Q: Is there any way to change or delete the pictures that keep showing up every time I press the lock button on my Samsung Solstice? I do not really care for some of them and was hoping to maybe change it to some of my own pics.

A: From what I have have researched, the only way to do that is to use the TK File Explorer and go into the locked folder and delete the pictures you do not want. You must be VERY careful though, because you can "brick" your phone if you delete the wrong files. Be sure to copy and paste everything as a back-up...just in case. Good Luck!

Where is the Sun at the time of the winter solstice what constellation is it in? by miz lily Q: Also What constellations are visible at night during the winter solstice (Dec 21st)? I know the sun doesn't belong to a constellation, but what constellation does it appear to be in during the solstice and also what constellations are visible in december for people living in the US!

A: The sun is in Sagittarius at declination -23.5 degrees on December 21. Taurus, Orion, Auriga, Gemini are visible in the east after sunset, Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra are visible in the west, along with Pegasus and Pisces Download and install Stellarium. It's free. It you want to change the date significantly, download an older version than 0.10.2. Version 0.10.2 has the date change disabled. 0.9.2 has the date change enabled. http://www.stellarium.org/

How much does daylight time increase per day after winter solstice? by Q: I know there isn't a specific amount of increase, but what is the average that time in the sun increases per day after the winter solstice?

A: At the winter or summer solstice the change in the length of daytime is 2 to 3 seconds per day. At the vernal or autumnal equinox the change is about 24 to 25 seconds per day. That is at 38 degrees north latitude. .

If the summer solstice occurs in June, why does it get hotter in July and August? by minmex Q: One would expect the northern hemisphere to be the hottest during the June solstice. But somehow, we get warmer even as the Earth tilts away from the Sun. The same goes for the winter solstice in December.

A: Although it is past the solstice there is still heat being built up in the following months. It is the same as the hottest part of the day is not 12 noon but usually 3PM. The heat is still building after noon and is not yet radiating away.

How do I change the font size on my samsung solstice? by Q: I have the samsung solstice and I guess I hit something today and the font size of all my text messages changed, It was normal and now it's so small I can hardly read it. Does anyone now how to change it back?

A: hi i dont kno if u figured it out already.. but i jus had that problem right now and i figured out it was the volume buttons on the left of the phone.. u just press down to make it smaller or up to make it bigger. =)

What is the angle of the sun at winter solstice when 40 degrees north latitude? by Q: Am I supposed to implement the small angle formula in some way? Also what if I'm 40 degrees south at summer solstice? How do I approach this? Thank you very much!!!

A: Do you mean the angle of the noon day Sun at the winter solstice? It would be 40° + 23.5° = 63.5° below the zenith or 90° - 63.5 ° = 26.5° above the southern horizon If you are at 40° south and the Sun is on the tropic of Cancer ( +23.5°) which is the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere, the answer would be the same as above with the Sun 26.5° above the northern hemisphere If you are at 40° south and the Sun is on the tropic of Capricorn (-23.5°) which is the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere but the start of summer in the southern hemisphere the Sun would be 40 -23.5° = 16.5° below the zenith or 73.5° above the northern hemisphere

How much is it monthly to lease a Pontiac Solstice? by [email protected] Q: If I want a 2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible fully loaded which would come to about $24,000 and I have over 720 credit and put $2,500 down and I want to lease it for 3 years %0 APR. Approximately how much would my monthly bill be? All the "estimate payments" I have tried come to a price that you would be paying for a BMW so I want someone to answer me that has this car.

A: Go to leaseguide.com and use their lease caclulator. The lease number is determined by a few things. 1. The sticker price. 2. Your negotiated sales price. 3. The money factor (the interest rate used in leasing) and 4. the residaul for the car at the end of the lease. Also, it will change based on terms (12\24\36 months) Never put money down on al ease and never lease beyond the warranty!

What do you personally do to celebrate the Solstice? by leftcoastliz Q: Have you read much about the days when Christmas adopted many practices that were formerly part of the Winter Solstice celebration? In which countries did that happen? I'm very vague about the history of this. Who can fill in the rest of us?

How to change background on a Samsung Solstice? by Q: When you lock the Samsung Solstice a different background pops up. Is there any way to change this or to set it to just one background.

A: hmm

Why is the summer solstice the first day of summer? by Jacob Q: I do not understand why the summer solstice is the first day of summer. Does not being the longest day of the year make it the MIDDLE of summer? As I understand, the historical multi-cultural holiday of midsummer falls around the time of the summer solstice. If it is the middle of the season in actuality, why do dating standards consider it the first day of the season?

A: google it and find out

why does the celestial equator vary in summer and winter solstice? by Q: The coordinates on the celestial sphere of the summer solstice and winter solstice differ. However, the declination is the same with the right ascension being different. Why is this?

A: The coordinates of the summer solstice are RA = 6 hours DEC = +23.5° The coordinates for the winter solstice are RA = 18 hours DEC = -23.5° So neither the RA or DEC are the same. If you're referring to the equinoxes, then the coordinates for the spring equinox are RA = 0 hours DEC = 0° For the autumn equinox, the coordinates are RA = 12 hours DEC = 0° The declinations are the same because the Sun is at the equator in both cases. The RA values are different because the points are on opposite sides of the sky.

How many minutes do we gain each day after Winter Solstice? by mdfurious Q: I know that Winter Solstice occurs December 20/21 etc I can't find anywhere online that states how much time we gain back. There have been people who have mentioned its about a few mintues each day after the Solstice but I am not sure. Can't wait for the day light to come back! This 4pm and it is dark already thing is really a drag ;)

A: Have a look at the Wikipedia article to get links to formula to work it out. In most places the length of day changes very little around the solstice, only a few seconds/day, but is a few minutes/day around the equinoxes. Once you notice the days are getting longer, it all seems to go fairly quickly but if you've got 4pm dark now it will be worse until at least last week of January.

Why did the Mayans switch from solstice orientation to the sun? by Domino014 Q: I am writing a paper on Mayan architectural structures coordinating to celestial bodies. Apparently, the first structures coordinated with the solstice/equinox. Later structures were heliocentric and involved the zenith of the sun. What would be their reason for switching architectural coordination?

What is the best way to remove paint splatters from my Solstice? by Florida Don Q: Somehow I have paint splatters all over the front of my Solstice. I guess this paint is the highway line paint as it is white. The spots are small but are all over the front of the car.

A: use a rubbing compound thats safe with your paint and clearcoat

Explain the difference between equinox and solstice. How do daylight hours differ in each? by Megan B Q: How many equinox and solstice occur?

A: A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun's apparent position in the sky, as viewed from Earth, reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun's path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction. The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some cultures they are considered to start or separate the seasons, while in others they fall nearer the middle. An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length. At an equinox, the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator (i.e. declination 0) and ecliptic intersect. These points of intersection are called equinoctial points: classically, the vernal point and the autumnal point. By extension, the term equinox may denote an equinoctial point. An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location (the subsolar point) on the Earth's equator, where the center of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around March 20/21 and September 22/23 each year. Although the word equinox is often understood to mean "equal [day and] night," this is not strictly true. For most locations on earth, there are two distinct identifiable days per year when the length of day and night are closest to being equal; those days are referred to as the "equiluxes" to distinguish them from the equinoxes. Equinoxes are points in time, but equiluxes are days. By convention, equiluxes are the days where sunrise and sunset are closest to being exactly 12 hours apart.[2][3]

Can i get my pontiac solstice gxp to go more faster then the speedometer speed limit? by human Q: Is it possible for my pontiac solstice gxp to hit 300km/h?? Can i do anything to make my gxp hit that 300km/h???? What can i do to make my gxp go more faster then the speed limit?

A: Your Pontiac will never go that fast. 300km/h is 186 mph. Your car has no electronic limiter to begin with. It's limited by power. The top speed now is 140mph. Your car has, what, 260 HP? You will need to double the horsepower, change the wheels and tires, upgrade the brakes, possible aerodynamic improvements.. etc. With the money you would have spent making your car go that fast, you could have bought a car that will go that fast from the factory.

How can I get the video quality on my Samsung Solstice to improve? by Q: I got a Solstice for my birthday and have been trying to put a video I extracted from youtube on in. I have the format and resolution right, but when I try to play it the video moves slow and choppy. The audio doesn't even match up. What should I do?

A: Well, its not the phone... Well, not unless everything records and played is choppy.... I think your problem relies on your converter... Here is what I do... Down VLC converter for free.... just google it and pick a website Go to www.gazzump.com Download your free video in .MP4 format to your PC.... The first visit is like 10 downloads and subsequent vists are 3 per day... heh its free! Im not complaining. lol once done, test it out on VLC.... the cool thing about VLC is that is will mirror what the phone will do... Also, in its practical size too if you adjust the view box. So, if its choppy in VLC, it will be choppy on your phone too... good way not to start hammering your phone and assuming something that isnt even the problem then, transfer it to your phone via USB by simple Copy/paste. :-) I done this tons of times for myself on Eternitys, Impressions, Solstices, MYthics, Vus, Arenas, Incites, blackberries, etc..... VLC can even convert your mp4 to whatever you want too... just in case you dont prefer mp4... but, i highly suggest it and I never had choppy videos on the above phones. Good luck

What are the right ascension and declination of the winter solstice given the summer solstice coordinates? by Olivia:) Q: The coordinates on the celestial sphere of the summer solstice are R.A. = 6h0m0s, Decl = +23o27’. What are the right ascension and declination of the winter solstice? Explain.

A: Just add 12 hours to the RA, and change the declination from positive to negative.

What foods are you supposed to eat for winter solstice? by Q: My family decided to celebrate winter solstice with a party. We have no idea what foods we should make. Any ideas my little brother and my mom keep trying to get me to tell them, but i have no idea.

A: I would consider having foods that are befitting for a winter holiday. I would use root vegetables (such as potatoes, squash, pumpkin, etc) in the main dishes. A good soup is Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Soup. If you want some kind of meat for your meal, I would suggest some kind of foul, like duck, goose, or turkey with apples cooked along side. For desserts I would do something festive like possibly spice cakes and cookies or warm pies like apple or mince. If you do a salad beforehand, I would definitely add some apples or berries to the salad (cranberries are nice) with a nice vinagrette dressing. Depeding on where you are from, incorporate some local flavors and vegetables into your dishes as well. Something warm with rich flavors and scents are perfect for this time of year! Make sure to have some mulled cider or wine to go along with the flavorful feast!

When was the last time a full lunar eclipse happened on winter solstice? by Q: There is a full lunar eclipse on December 21, the winter solstice. When was the last time a full lunar eclipse happened on the same day as the winter solstice? Thanks everyone. I figured it out. 1638 is the last time a total lunar eclipse happened on the winter solstice. 362 years ago. Awesome.

A: Believe it or not, the most recent one I can find was on 25th December 299 BC. http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE-0299--0200.html I was going through the pages of the above site as well as this site for the dates of the solstices http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html but the solstice site only goes back as far as 1 AD. You'll have to take my word for it that the solstice in 299 BC was on 25th December at 0825 UT because I had to use a program on my own PC to calculate it. I can't find any other source online. There was a near miss on 10th December 1685 (Old Style calendar) when the solstice was at 0216 UT on 11th December and the mid-point of a total lunar eclipse was at 2229 UT on 10th December, ie. less than 4 hours before. For most of the world, these two events would have occurred on the same day. http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE1601-1700.html http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=1650&n=0 According to the NASA site, there are 3,479 total lunar eclipses in the 5,000 years between 2000 BC and 3000 AD. The likelihood of a total lunar eclipse on any specified day is therefore 1 in 365.25 x (5000/3479) which is once every 525 years. We seem to have hit an unlucky run with this particular eclipse/solstice requirement. Later: Correction. Make that 21st December 1638 (Gregorian Calendar). http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE1601-1700.html I was fooled by the fact that the solstices web page shows the dates from 1582 to 1752 in the Julian Calendar whilst the NASA eclipse website shows the dates for this period in the Gregorian Calendar. Thus the date for 1638 is shown as 11th December here: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=1600&n=0 but needs to have 10 days added to correct for the calendar difference. The 1685 date (above) is also wrong for the same reason. NB: The 1676 eclipse was penumbral, not total.

What is the winter solstice and where did it come from? by Q: Its that time of year again, the holidays are popping up around us as long as the history of the holidays. One event not many people pay much attention to is the winter solstice. I don't know much about it either and I'm wanting to find out. So if you know anything about it, feel free to share! The best answer will go to the person with the biggest amount of useful information.

A: The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet's polar hemisphere is farthest away from the star that it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our star, the Sun, during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evidently from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.[2] Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 23 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 to 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.[3] Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet's polar hemisphere is farthest away from the star that it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our star, the Sun, during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evidently from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.[2] Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 23 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 to 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.[3] Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time The solstice itself may have been a special moment of the annual cycle of the year even during neolithic times. Astronomical events, which during ancient times controlled the mating of animals, sowing of crops and metering of winter reserves between harvests, show how various cultural mythologies and traditions have arisen. This is attested by physical remains in the layouts of late Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological sites such as Stonehenge in Britain and Newgrange in Ireland. The primary axes of both of these monuments seem to have been carefully aligned on a sight-line pointing to the winter solstice sunrise (Newgrange) and the winter solstice sunset (Stonehenge). Significant in respect of Stonehenge is the fact that the Great Trilithon was erected outwards from the centre of the monument, i.e., its smooth flat face was turned towards the midwinter Sun The winter solstice may have been immensely important because communities were not certain of living through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months. Starvation was common in winter between January and April, also known as the famine months. In temperate climates, the midwinter festival was the last feast celebration, before deep winter began. Most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter, so it was almost the only time of year when a supply of fresh meat was available. The majority of wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking at this time. The concentration of the observances were not always on the day commencing at midnight or at dawn, but the beginning of the pre-Romanized day, which falls on the previous eve.[6] Since the event is seen as the reversal of the Sun's ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth of sun gods have been common and, in cultures using winter solstitially based cyclic calendars, the year as reborn has been celebrated with regard to life-death-rebirth deities or new beginnings such as Hogmanay's redding, a New Year cleaning tradition. In Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses met on the winter and summer solstice, and Hades is permitted to enter Mount Olympus (his domain is the underworld so he of course does not get accepted any other time). Also reversal is yet another usual theme as in Saturnalia's slave and master reversals.

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