The shortest day and the longest night when the sun stands still. Winter Solstice is today, Thursday, December 21st 2017. The night will last 14 hours and 27 minutes. And then days will start to grow longer,one minute per day until June 21st.
Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs in the North Hemisphere when the Earth North axis is at the longest distance to the sun.
The phenomenon has to do with the elliptical orbit of the Earth and the sun’s elevation in the sky is the lowest.
The phenomenon of Winter Solstice lasts only a moment. The moment the the North Pole is tilted furthest from the sun as the Earth continues on its orbit.
The solstice doesn’t always occur on 21 December. Sometimes it nudges into the early hours of 22 December. Also the hour of day also varies. Last year’s arrived at 17:11. Next year’s will at 04:38.”
An interesting note, is that while days get longer, the mornings get darker!
“It would seem logical that after the shortest day has elapsed the mornings would start getting lighter earlier, but this isn’t what happens – the mornings continue darkening until early in the new year.”
Primary reason for this “dark mornings” is that the solar days do not last exactly 24 hours as our clocks “claim”.
“In fact, it is 24 hours only four times a year, and never in December,” explains astronomer Stephen Hurley, who runs a popular science blog called The Science Geek. “It is at its shortest around 23 hours 59 minutes and 30 seconds, in early September, and at its longest around 24 hours 30 seconds in December.”
The sun therefore in effect lags behind the clock for part of the year, then speeds ahead of it for another.
Astrologers warn that the Dec 21st Winter Solstice will be the most AWFUL day of 2017, thanks to a rare cosmic occurrence that hasn’t happened in 350 years
- December 21, the Winter Solstice, is predicted to be the worst day of 2017
- For the first time since 1664, the Sun moves into Capricorn, hours after Saturn makes the same exact shift, causing the sun and Saturn to actually line up
- Astrologers advise the people avoid making any important decisions or taking drastic actions as they may result in bad consequences for 2018
PS I’ll follow astrologers’ advise and do not take any important decision or any drastic action other than tun on heating a bit earlier as it is damn cold today.