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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:05 am
 


This year's Winter Solstice will be on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 23:03 (11:03 pm) UTC. At this moment, the Sun will be directly overhead the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Winter Solstice

Winter inspires both joy and woe. Some people can't wait for the cooler weather, snow, skiing and ice skating, curling up by a fire, and the holiday spirit. Other people dislike the frigid temperatures, blizzards, and wild weather.

The word solstice comes from the Latin words for "sun" and "to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day. At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still.

Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs around December 21 or 22. In the Southern Hemisphere, around June 20 or 21.

What happens at the solstice?

The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. Depending on the Gregorian calendar, the December solstice occurs annually on a day between December 20 and December 23. On this date, all places above a latitude of 66.5 degrees north (Arctic Polar Circle) are now in darkness, while locations below a latitude of 66.5 degrees south (Antarctic Polar Circle) receive 24 hours of daylight.

The sun is directly overhead on the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere during the December solstice. It also marks the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours for those living south of the equator. Those living or travelling south from the Antarctic Circle towards the South Pole will see the midnight sun during this time of the year.

On the contrary, for an observer in the northern hemisphere, the December solstice marks the day of the year with the least hours of daylight. Those living or traveling north of the Arctic Circle towards the North Pole will not be able to see the sun during this time of the year.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:55 am
 


...and then there's the wobble......





Polar wander...




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 3:09 pm
 


Days will start to get longer once again


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420 shouldn't be part of the night life :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:15 pm
 


I was born at the opposite side, on the Summer solstice right at noon (at that longitude).

My Celtic ancestors would either have made me into a Druid or a sacrifice (maybe both.

Anyway, I still can't go near wicker baskets.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:53 pm
 


ShepherdsDog wrote:
Days will start to get longer once again

[cheer]
Fishing season will be on it's way! :D


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:07 pm
 


wildrosegirl wrote:
ShepherdsDog wrote:
Days will start to get longer once again

[cheer]
Fishing season will be on it's way! :D


It's just starting. :P


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:32 pm
 


Alta_redneck wrote:
wildrosegirl wrote:
ShepherdsDog wrote:
Days will start to get longer once again

[cheer]
Fishing season will be on it's way! :D


It's just starting. :P

Contemplating that... :lol:


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