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Announce Date:12/22/15

New Site From National Geographic Explains Winter Solstice
URL: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151221-winter-solstice-explained-pagans/
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National Geographic - Winter SolsticeIf today seems to go by quickly, there's a reason. Today is Winter solstice, an astronomical phenomenon that makes today, Tuesday, December 22, 2015, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

Learn more about the Winter Solstice on National Geographic's Online Winter Solstice site at

The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the Earth's daily rotation mean that the two opposite points in the sky to which the Earth's axis of rotation points (Axial precession) change very slowly (making a complete circle approximately every 26,000 years). As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the polar hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. This is because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along Earth's axis, and so as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer.

More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest. The winter solstice itself lasts only a moment in time, so other terms are used for the day on which it occurs, such as "midwinter", or the "shortest day". It is often considered the "extreme of winter" (Dongzhi in the Chinese calendar). In meteorology, winter in the Northern Hemisphere spans the entire period of December through February. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates differ from winter solstice, however, and these depend on latitude, due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth's elliptical orbit (see earliest and latest sunrise and sunset).

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied across cultures, but many have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

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Posted by Eric Ward on 12/22/15
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Additional details about the Winter Solstice courtesy of Wikipedia:
Winter Solstice. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved December 21, 2015, from
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

 
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