Google celebrates the solstice in both hemispheres

Google celebrates the solstice in both hemispheres

"December 21st marks the 2017 winter solstice, as well as the first day of winter on the astronomical calendar".

Image copyright ALAMY Image caption For the global north, the earth's tilt means that it gets maximum exposure to the sun in June and least in December Is the solstice at the same instant around the world? "After this point in time, periods of daylight will once again begin to grow longer". And while today is not technically a holiday, it is the Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere, and Google's Doodle did not forget to tell us. Up above the Arctic Circle, the sun never rises on this day. Today at 11:28 a.m., the sun hit its lowest point - meaning that today will be the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year, with the sun going down at approximately 4:32 p.m. The winter solstice, for you astronomical types.

To explain the variation, uses the example of NY and St. Augustine, Fla. Next year, the moment of the solstice will be about 6 hours later at 5:23 p.m. ET.

Stonehenge draws hundreds of people every year for the winter solstice.

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.

What has the solstice meant to people through history?

And one of the most well-known winter solstice celebration is Yule, the pagan tradition of welcoming the sunrise with gratitude. Even the Christmas tree might have roots celebrating the solar event.

"For thousands of years people built structures to track the changing position of the sun, and of course the solstices were some of the most notable dates because the sun would reach its extreme north or south positions before reversing course for the next six months", Schneider says.

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