Winter is here! Solstice marks shortest day of year

Winter is here! Solstice marks shortest day of year

Fáilte Ireland and the Office of Public Works have teamed up for the broadcast on the shortest day of the year. It typically occurs around Dec. 21 or 22, though on rare occasions it can be as early as Dec. 20 or as late as Dec. 23, according to the Weather Channel.

What is the winter solstice, and why do we have it? The sun will set in Denver at 4:39 p.m. and will have nine hours and 21 minutes of daylight on the winter solstice.

The sun will be up for just about 9 hours and 24 minutes on Thursday, and in the days immediately before and after the solstice, too.

Winter officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 11:28 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21.

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Winter solstice has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Britain, pre-dating Christianity.

A Google Doodle celebrating the winter solsticeWhat are the winter and summer solstices? The day is also referred to as the day the sun turns around.

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Friend me on Facebook by searching: Meteorologist Kevin Arnone. This means that our seasons are not defined by the distance between the sun and earth, but rather the amount of sunlight reaching each hemisphere due to the tilt of the earth's axis. But the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun and receives less solar energy.

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The Isles of Shetland and Orkney were treated to the stark contrast of a midday sun barely limping over the horizon before retreating back down to call it a day.

Is the winter solstice the coldest day of the year? If you're farther north, your earliest sunsets are around December 7. Sunrise was at 8.03am GMT and sunset is at 3.53pm.

"It's an ad hoc celebration that brings together England's New Age Tribes (neo-druids, neo-pagans, Wiccans) with ordinary families, tourists, travelers and party people - 100's of them!" "Ancient structures that allow you to track the shifting position of the sun between its extremes are found all over the world".

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