I assume at the Solstice - a definite latitude would have exactly 24 hours of daylight. What latitudes (North and South) are these - they might vary a little with longitude?


The latitudes today are 66°33′46.1″ N and S, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.

By definition, north of the Arctic circle, and south of the Antarctic circle, everywhere gets at least one day with no sunset, which I guess is what you mean by 'exactly 24 hours of daylight'?

From the linked article:

North of the Arctic Circle, the sun is above the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore visible at midnight) and below the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore not visible at noon).

  • $\begingroup$ Doesn't this assume that daylight starts when the center of the Sun (and not the upper limb) has risen, and that there's no refraction at the horizon? $\endgroup$ – Barry Carter Feb 5 '16 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ You can interpret "exactly 24 hours of daylight" however you like. I thought the simplest interpretation was the one that defines the famous Circles. $\endgroup$ – kwinkunks Feb 5 '16 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ I interpreted it as sunrise to sunset time of exactly 24 hours, but I agree your answer is a good approximation (sorry, I'm an amateur astronomer, and a bit OCD about the definition of sunrise and sunset) $\endgroup$ – Barry Carter Feb 5 '16 at 18:06

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