Happy Winter Solstice

The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day

on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day, and longest night, and the sun‘s daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.[1] The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.[2] The 2010 winter solstice (summer solstice in the southern hemisphere) will occur on December 21, at 11:38 pm UTC.[3]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Tonight is a rare lunar eclipse and Winter Solstice, big changes for our Simply Earth.

I believe in magic do you ?


4 thoughts on “Happy Winter Solstice

  1. Well I know exactly what the Winter Solstice is all about. It is something I have celebrated for years, which may seem very strange coming from someone who loves summer, heat, sunshine and long summer days. Well that is the exact reason why, it is the beginning of the days getting longer and the road to spring and summer. My celebrations include inviting my tough Canadian friends over to enjoy outside festivites, not for the sissys for sure. I spark up the biggest roaring bonfire I can get going, put on a mixture of Jimmy Buffet and summer beach tunes with a couple that have been written just for us tough people here in Winnipeg and Manitoba. They are really quite funny. They are about how tough and resilent we are to live here and servive our winters. I’ll have to send them to you one day. We drink everything from margaritas to apple cider with rum to keep up warm. Munchies from shrimp cocktail to pate and french baget and then of course can’t forget good old smokies and schmores on the bonfire. This year we’re lucky, it’s only expected to be around -15c this evening. In some of the past years it’s been -35c or so and close to -50c with the windchill. On those days everything froze if it wasn’t consumed fast enough. The cd player even stopped playing…now that’s cold. It’s always a great time though because we know we can do it no matter what the temp. We are Canadian and proud of it!! (as much as I love California) So you can think of us tonight enjoying our bonfire and winter solstice festivites.

      • It’s 2:22a.m. and I just got home from the Winter Solstice/Full Moon/Shortest Day of the Year Party…what a great time. And the moon, in all it’s glory was peeking in and out of the thin whispy clouds, it looked so magical, really it did. So it’s funny you should ask, “do you believe in magic” and to that I would answer “absolutely”.
        And now…the days will start to slowly but surely get longer each and every one.

  2. Wow Cheryl the more I read the more interested I became on the Lunar Eclipse. Unfortunately that evening I tried to view it and the weather wasn’t allowing us to see much 😦

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