What Is the Difference Between Equinox and Solstice?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 10:53:57 PM ET
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A solstice is defined as the point during the Earth's orbit around the sun at which the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, while an equinox is at its least distance. A solstice is characterized by either an extremely long night or an extremely short day.