What You Need To Know About The Winter Solstice

Winter solstice 2017 Five things you should know about the shortest day of the year

Winter solstice 2017 Five things you should know about the shortest day of the year

"December 21st marks the 2017 winter solstice, as well as the first day of winter on the astronomical calendar". Now every year on the winter solstice people flock from across the globe to Newgrange in County Meath, to feel closer to their ancestors and catch a glimpse of their ancient Ireland's engineering expertise. A little history about solstice as witches & warlocks celebrate this date as the birth of the Sun God since from this point forward the days get longer. In the meantime, here is what you need to know about the winter solstice. We'll definitely be setting the alarms to get up for this, not the worst way to begin the shortest day of the year. That means that each hemisphere receives different amounts of sunlight during the year. Yes, temperatures get colder while the days get longer.

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin word "solstitium", which translates to "sun standing still". Solstice refers to this brief moment: it's the exact time the sun reaches its southernmost point from the equator in December and its northernmost point in June. There are many customs associated with the Winter Solstice that derive from stories of a mighty battle between the dark & the light or in America we call that between the haves & have-nots. On the winter solstice in Fairbanks, total daylight lasts less than 4 hours.

The times of sunrise and sunset are tied to your latitude and geographical location within the time zone you reside in.

This year sees a historic first for the landmark site, as the phenomenon is being live streamed for the first time. Parts of the lower 48 will see the sunset before 5 p.m. on the winter solstice.

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