For the past six months, the days have gotten shorter and the nights have grown longer, but the good news is, the winter solstice is the start of daylight relief. The shortest day of the year happen yesterday on 12/21/15 with 9 hours, 11 minutes and 27 seconds. This also means the first day of winter has arrived, but if you’re not a winter lover, then the countdown to spring has also begun. So what’s behind the winter solstice phenomenon? It means the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, also when the sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. It also marks the longest day of the yea in the Southern Hemisphere. The solstice happen for everyone on Earth on December 21st at 11:48 PM EST. It was Monday night for places like New York and Atlanta, Tuesday morning for places like Paris and Rome, and Tuesday afternoon for Toyko and Sydney. The winter solstice happens because the Earth is actually tilted which causes seasons here on Earth. As the Earth moves around the sun day after day, each hemisphere will experience different seasons. Each hemisphere will experience winter when they are tilted away from the sun and summer when it is tilted towards the sun. Spring and fall mark when the sun’s rays are directly over the equator, this also means equal length of day and night. The summer solstice is when the sun’s rays are farthest north over the Tropic of Cancer, this will give us our longest day.
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