Today marks the shortest day of the year as the Winter Wolstice marks the start of the snowy season. Winter Solstice occurs exactly when the earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Winter Solstice is also the shortest day or lowest sun position for people in low latitudes located between the Tropic of Cancer (23°26’N) and the Tropic of Capricorn (23°26’S). Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs some time between December 21 and December 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and between June 20 and June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. The official Winter Solstice will take place at 12:47 pm EST (1747 GMT) when at that exact moment, the earth’s axial tilt puts it the fartherest from the sun.
Tonight will be the shortest day of the year, followed by the longest night of the year because of Winter Solstice 2009. And for those who don’t like winter will be happy to know that after today, the days begin getting longer again, and before you know it, the summer solstice will be upon us.To receive updates from WWNN.co.uk directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe to us for free by entering your e-mail address here and confirming your subscription by clicking the link that will be sent to your e-mail address.
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