Winter Solstice

rambling ratz

Yes folks it’s that time of year again; the bleak midwinter, another equinox is upon us. Sunday 21st December 2014 is the Winter Solstice, also known as the shortest day.Photo of frozen leaf

In the northern hemisphere it is the shortest day and longest night, whereas in the southern hemisphere it is the opposite. The Earth’s axis is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun, the furthest the North Pole gets from the sun, causing less than 12 hours of daylight in the north.

Photo of sunriseAs if all of these numbers weren’t confusing enough, the more observant of you will notice that the earliest sunset has been and gone and the mornings will continue to get darker. This is because the solar day doesn’t match the 24 hour day humans invented when they decided that clocks would be a good idea. Solar days are shortest in September and longest in December, clocking up an…

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