Happy winter: It's the shortest day of the year - by a lot!

23 December, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • Winter Solstice Is Celebrated At Stonehenge

After that, each day will gradually grow longer and the nights will grow shorter. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Winter solstice has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Britain, pre-dating Christianity. Eastern Time on December 21.

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin words sol sistere, which means "sun standing still".

Although the solstice marks the shortest day, it's usually not the coldest day of the year. Tampa will see 10 hours, 22 minutes and 17 seconds of daylight Thursday, which is two seconds shorter than Wednesday. In other words, the sun reaches its southern-most position for those of us north of the equator. "The effect of this in the Arctic (within 23.5 degrees of the North Pole) is completely in darkness as Earth spins that day".

Let's give you the numbers for the day! Tomorrow it will be at 4:44 p.m.

The date where Earth is the nearest to the star is marked by the summer solstice. However, it's never the day of the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. As the solstice approaches, the tilt of the earth lines up with the carefully crafted entrance tunnel to allow the sunset's rays to pierce through the mound to the back wall. It's an old proverb that certainly has some scientific truth. The winter solstice is the moment that the earth is tilted furthest away from the sun, and it will happen exactly at 11:28 a.m. ET. So if you find yourself awake in the wee hours of the American morning, here's the livestream.

You would think our temperatures will be at the coldest on the Winter Equinox but the truth is that there is a lag time in the cold.



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