Midnight

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Midnight

 

the moment at which, for a given point on earth, the center of the sun (the true sun or the mean sun) is in the lower culmination. The apparent midnight corresponds to a meridian transit by the true sun, while the mean midnight corresponds to a transit by the mean sun. The time at which midnight occurs depends on the geographic longitude. Midnight begins one hour later for every 15° of longitude to the west. All data in astronomical almanacs are calculated for mean midnight at the Greenwich meridian, from which universal time is figured.

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It was the Innkeeper who had come to tell him that midnight had struck.
Toward midnight the Crusader came floating down the river in a boat, with his trusty cross-bow in his hands.
Tradition says that during several centuries the spirit of the unfortunate girl sang nightly from the cave at midnight, but the music carried no curse with it; and although many listened for the mysterious sounds, few were favored, since only those could hear them who had never failed in a trust.
About midnight in they came, dancing and skipping, hopped round the room, and then went to sit down to their work as usual; but when they saw the clothes lying for them, they laughed and chuckled, and seemed mightily delighted.
But it is not midnight," responded the other, showing his watch.
Shortly before midnight, Granet, in his dressing-gown, stole softly across the passage and opened, without knocking, the door of a room opposite to him.
It was about midnight when poor Van Baerle was locked up in the prison of the Buytenhof.
At midnight, people again knocked at the gate of the jail, or rather at the barricade which served in its stead: it was Cornelius van Baerle whom they were bringing.