Winter officially begins at 10:28 am today

22 December, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • What Does The Winter Solstice Mean? An Explanation Of The Phenomenon & Its Cultural Impact Koichi Kamoshida  Getty Images News  Getty Images

The winter solstice will see hippy types gathering at Stonehenge. just like on the summer solsticeWhen is the shortest day of the year in 2017? Meteorological winter begins December 1 and lasts until the end of February and is marked by the coldest average temperatures during the year. In the Northern Hemisphere it can happen anytime between December 20th and 23rd, depending on the year.

Technically, it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5° south latitude.

Stonehenge is an ancient monument in England that is often mentioned in the same breath as the winter solstice.

"We're actually closer to the sun this time of year (also a surprise to many people) and moving faster in our orbit, so the Earth has to turn a little extra to face the sun each day compared to other times of year", Schneider says.

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin word "solstitium", which translates to "sun standing still".

That's because it marks the point when the sun's seasonal movement stops for a day, before it reverses and the amount of sunlight starts to change again.

Although the solstice marks the shortest day, it's usually not the coldest day of the year.

According to the US Naval Observatory, using Saginaw as our reference point, our sunrise for today is around 8:05 AM and our sunset time is 5:03 PM.

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The auto lurches forward and Cusack shouts mostly inaudibly as the wind-soaked audio crackles. Then the driver speeds off with Cusack hanging on to the door and the side of the vehicle .

Today, the winter solstice, marks the first day of astronomical winter.

When is the shortest day of the year?

. There will be just more than 10 hours and two minutes of daylight in the city of Savannah; similar lengths for surrounding areas.

At that time of the year, the Sun is moving at its slowest and so the solar day doesn't need to be quite as long because there's less ground to make up.

Starting Friday, the sun will be up for a few seconds longer each day, signaling the start of our slow but steady march toward spring.

Since the earth is tilted on a 23.5° angle, it makes sense.

This delay in the arrival of our coldest temperatures is better known as seasonal lag.

EarthSky said: "You might notice how low the sun appears in the sky at local noon".

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