Happy Solstice: Astronomical Winter begins today

GETTY- STOCK IMAGEWinter Solstice 2017 There will be seven hours and 50 minutes of daylight today

GETTY- STOCK IMAGEWinter Solstice 2017 There will be seven hours and 50 minutes of daylight today

Australia is already baking in the long hot days of summer, and today brings the longest day of them all. The Sun will be at its highest and travel its longest path across the sky. There is a bit of a lag between the shortest day of the year and the coldest average temperatures for most spots in the USA.

The effect at the passage tomb - which predates Stonehenge and pyramids of Egypt - marks the end of winter and the start of new life. Let us know how you'll celebrate sailing next June and share the anticipation for Summer Sailstice 2018 with sailors across the globe. The sun rises at about the same time in both places on Thursday - 7:16 a.m. and 7:17 a.m., respectively - but it sets almost an hour later in St. Augustine - 4:31 p.m. vs. 5:31 p.m.

Schneider writes: "Earth takes about 365 1/4 days to orbit the Sun".

This lasts for a few weeks, before the axis of the earth realigns next December.

The solstice occurs at the same instant everywhere on Earth.

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To summarise the point here, the solstices represent that moment in time when the Sun reaches its most northern or southern point.

The winter and summer solstices, along with the equinoxes, loom large in myth and folklore.

Although the pagan celebrations of Yule and the Winter Solstice are from Scandanavian and Germanic cultures, Scotland has it's own history with the shortest day. Also, when the sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. The Sun appears to stand still as it changes its north-south direction.

And why is the Earth tilted? The opposite is true: the sun is in closer proximity than ever. That means that December 21 will be the shortest day of the year, with the least amount of hours of sunlight. That means right now, the Earth is moving at its fastest.

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Fáilte Ireland and the Office of Public Works have teamed up for the broadcast on the shortest day of the year.

Admittedly the difference in a solar day is fairly small.

While all of the Northern Hemisphere will be experiencing their least amount of sunlight this year today, different locations will still experience different sunset times.

What is the winter solstice, and why do we have it?

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