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Winter Solstice: The Shortest Day of the Year

December 22, 2015


Today is the Winter Solstice, or the first day of winter. In case you didn’t know, the Winter Solstice is the shortest day on Earth, and after it, the days gradually get longer and longer. But the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. After that, the days gradually get shorter. Here are some more facts about the Winter Solstice:

Today, the North Pole is tilted furthest from the sun, thus making fewer hours of sunlight in the day. The sun is right above the Tropic of Capricorn and is closer to the horizon. But, the Southern Hemisphere is closest to the sun, so the Winter Solstice happens to them in June.

A Winter Solstice can happen between December 20-23. Solstices seldom happen on Dec. 20th or 23rd . This year, it’s on the 21st. The last 23rd Solstice was in 1903 and is expected to happen in 2303.

When you see the Winter Solstice sunrise, it’s really spectacular. You see one line of glowing light about 93 million miles away from you. The big, bold, golden light just smiling at you, and is brought from the heavens, for you. Your own little special gift. Although I’ve never seen a Winter Solstice, I know what it’s like. I am dying to see it ,though. I would suggest setting an alarm for about 5:00 a.m. to see it, but it really is beautiful.




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