Midnight is the transition time period from one day to the next: the moment when the date changes. In the Roman time system, midnight was halfway between sunset and sunrise, varying according to the seasons.
Solar midnight is that time opposite of solar noon, when the sun is closest to nadir and the night is equidistant from dusk and dawn. Due to the advent of time zones, which make time identical across a range of meridians, and daylight saving time, it rarely coincides with midnight on a clock. Solar midnight is dependent on longitude and time of the year rather than on a time zone.
In the northern hemisphere, "midnight" had an ancient geographic association with "north" (as did "noon" with "south" – see noon). Modern Polish and Ukrainian preserve this association with their words for "midnight" ("północ", "північ" – literally "half-night"), which also means "north".
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... The Midnight Office (Greek Μεσονύκτικον, Mesonýtikon Slavonic Полунощница, Polúnoshnitsa Romanian Miezonoptică) is one of the Canonical Hours that compose the cycle of daily ... a purely monastic devotion inspired by Psalm 11862, At midnight I arose to give thanks unto Thee for the judgments of Thy righteousness (LXX), and also by the Gospel Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew ... The name of the Midnight Office is sometimes erroneously translated as "Nocturns" but this is misleading, as in the West "Nocturn" refers to a division ...
... Midnight marks the beginning and ending of each day in civil time throughout the world ... time notation, authorities recommend avoiding confusion between noon and midnight by using "midnight", "12 midnight", or "1200 midnight." In America, digital clocks and computers commonly display 12 a.m ... for midnight ...
... Murder at Midnight was an old-time radio show featuring macabre tales of suspense, often with a supernatural twist ... introduction over Charles Paul's effective organ theme "Midnight, the witching hour when the night is darkest, our fears the strongest, and our strength at its lowest ebb ... Midnight, when the graves gape open and death strikes." ...
... On Great and Holy Saturday, the Midnight Office takes a very particular form in which it is celebrated on only this one night of the year ... Holy Saturday is often the only time that the Midnight Office will be read in parishes ... the church are extinguished, and everyone waits in silence and darkness for the stroke of midnight, when the Resurrection of Christ is to be proclaimed ...
... Midnight breakfast is a generic term for a communal meal served at some American colleges and universities ... foods are served in the school's dining hall late at night (hence "midnight") as a study break before or during final exams, or as a traditional community-building ... Midnight breakfast is usually at most a weekly event and at least an annual event, and should not be confused with school dining facilities that operate 24 hours a day on a regular basis ...
Famous quotes containing the word midnight:
“Hell in a horn of sulphur and the cloven myth,
All heaven in a midnight of the sun,
A serpent fiddled in the shaping-time.”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)
“Such as the wreck of the Hesperus,
In the midnight and the snow!
Christ save us all from a death like this,
On the reef of Normans Woe!”
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18091882)
when blood and eggs and breasts
dropped onto me,
Daddy and his whiskey breath
made a long midnight visit
in a dream that is not a dream....”
—Anne Sexton (19281974)