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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:22 am 
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In the Northern Hemisphere, the December Solstice is the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.

The winter solstice is also referred to as Midwinter, the Longest Night, and Yule.

The Search Engine Google is showing animated Doodle in many countries at Northern Hemisphere for the Winter Solstice 2017.

A solstice is different from an equinox, the two times each year when the sun is directly above the Earth’s equator and day and night are of equal length.

The word solstice is derived from Latin, meaning ‘sun stands still’ and was chosen because during a solstice the sun appears to remain still in its position in the sky.

Though most refer to the solstice as an entire day, in reality, the solstice is defined as a single moment: when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn.

This year, that moment will occur at 16:28 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). After this point in time, periods of daylight will once again begin to grow longer.

Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere occurs on December 21 or 22, when the sun appears at its most southerly position,directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (23 degrees 27 minutes south latitude).

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and marks the beginning of winter. It is the exact opposite in the Southern Hemisphere.

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