Winter Solstice being livestreamed from Newgrange this morning

23 December, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
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The winter solstice begins on December 21 marking the official start of the astronomical winter and the shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The shortest "day" of the year is tomorrow 12/21/17 with 9 hours, 11 minutes and 30 seconds.

In reality, it means that the Earth must rotate even further than average to realign itself with the noonday Sun and so the solar day is longer. That's the home of the account's creator, web developer and npm CTO Laurie Voss.

Each hemisphere will experience winter when they are tilted away from the sun and summer when it is tilted towards the sun.

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Of course, our long winter night pales in comparison with Alaska, where the sun barely climbs above the horizon for three to four hours in much of the Last Frontier.

Unlike our ancestors, we know the astronomical phenomenon not to do with our distance from the sun but the tilt of the earth and how it orbits around the sun.

Additionally, winter's shortest day is typically not the coldest day of the year. That is the turning point of summer and the longer day of the year.

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The daylight will continue to increase from this point until we reach the next summer solstice on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The coldest days of the year won't happen until January or February. But that's nearly a minute longer than the shortest solar day, which occurs in mid-September around the time of the equinox. The closer you are to the Arctic, the longer the shadows (and the shorter your day) will be. If you're farther north, your earliest sunsets are around December 7.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland before sunrise, he said: "The sun rises at around 8.58am and for a period of about 17 minutes the shafts of the solstice sun gradually lights up the back of the chamber of the 5000-year-old passage tomb".

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