Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

First Day of Winter: 4 Fast Facts

Winter Solstice Google Doodle 5000yo Irish tomb's winter solstice magic to be livestreamed (VIDEO)
Eleanor Moreno | 22 December, 2017, 02:11

The 2017 winter solstice will take place at 10:28 a.m. At the same time, the planet is traveling on a yearly stroll around the sun. And I continue to gather solstice tidings, such as this fascinating connection: bull kelp, the seaweed with a large round bulb flawless for making trumpets, starts to grow on December 21st and stops growing on September 21st, the Autumn Equinox, when the balance of hours of night and day are more or less equal.

At this solstice, the Sun reaches its maximum southern declination of -23.5 degrees today at 16:28 UTC (8:28 PST), while its right ascension coordinate on the celestial sphere is 18 hours. Now, we get to celebrate the summer and winter solstices in the comfort of our own homes, thanks to Google, which simultaneously posted summer and winter solstice Google Doodles suitable to the appropriate hemisphere.

The word solstice literally means, in Latin, that the sun is standing still. That's because on this day the sun appears to stop at the Tropic of Capricorn.

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

The Earth's tilted axis causes the seasons. That doesn't really matter, so long as you're at an latitude with long summer days and short winter days.

5000yo Irish tomb's winter solstice magic to be livestreamed (VIDEO)

On the 21st the Sun pauses in this the longest night of the year.

In Japan, this is an especially sacred time of the year for famers, as the sun returns to help their crops grow after the long winter.

Learn more about the solstice and why it's not the coldest day of the year in our scientific guide below. Daylight lasted for just seven hours, 49 minutes and 41 seconds, according to BBC. And one of the most well-known winter solstice celebration is Yule, the pagan tradition of welcoming the sunrise with gratitude. It happens because the amount of solar energy arriving at the ground is less than the amount leaving the earth for a few more weeks (a bit like a bank account that starts losing money when you make more withdrawals than deposits).

You would think our temperatures will be at the coldest on the Winter Equinox but the truth is that there is a lag time in the cold. They noticed how the sun arced its way across the sky.


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