Why is it Getting Dark So Early?

Winter Solstice, also called Midwinter, Yule and the Longest Night, is observed by various cultures. The observation of Winter Solstice has occurred throughout history by both ancient and modern cultures. In some cultures, Winter Solstice is celebrated with festivals, feasts, singing and dancing and fires. It is recognized by many cultures as a time of rebirth.

It is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Each hemisphere experiences the Winter Solstice on different time periods; December for the Northern Hemisphere and June for the Southern Hemisphere.

The solstice is recognized in astronomy when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. The celestial equator is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. During this time period, the Earth’s tilt is the furthest from the sun, causing the Northern Hemisphere to receive less direct sunlight.

Winter Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year. For 2014, the Winter Solstice is predicted for December 20.

Bundle up, stay warm and enjoy this yearly event that promises longer days ahead.

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