Google celebrates the winter solstice with new Doodle

Google celebrates the winter solstice with new Doodle

Google celebrates the winter solstice with new Doodle

What is the winter solstice, and why do we have it?

Image copyright ALAMY Image caption For the global north, the earth's tilt means that it gets maximum exposure to the sun in June and least in December Is the solstice at the same instant around the world?

Starting Friday, the sun spends a few more seconds above the horizon each day.

The opposite is true in the Southern Hemisphere where the day is long because the sun will be at its highest point in the sky today. However, that's not the case for everyone.

For the Southern Hemisphere, it's the start of Summer.

To celebrate the astronomical phenomenon of the solstices Google has created two of its famous Doodles. Astronomers maintain that winter solstice marks the end of autumn and the start of winter.

You can check the precise times in your area using this sunset calendar.

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Schneider writes: "Earth takes about 365 1/4 days to orbit the Sun. In 2019, it will be at 11:19 p.m. ET, so for people living in Puerto Rico and other time zones to the east, the date of the solstice will be on the 22nd". The Feast of Juul was another pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia at winter solstice.

The winter solstice is not normally the coldest day of the year.

What time is sunset on the shortest day of the year?

And in fact, the tradition of the Christmas tree may have its roots in such pre-Christian traditions associated with the solstice. Not until the Northern Hemisphere sees a net gain in solar energy (more heat coming in than going out) do average temperatures begin their ascent. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from NY to Texas.

It usually occurs on or around the December 21 of each year.

Why doesn't the earliest sunset come on the shortest day?

Precisely how short that is varies with how far north or south you are-around the solstice, the sun never truly rises at the north pole.

If you live in the southernmost USA, your earliest sunsets are in late November, according to

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