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#375840 - 23rd Dec 2009 11:30am Winter Solstice - shortest day...
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Been and gone - it all gets better from here - until June 21st anyway....

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During the winter solstice the sun hugs closer to the horizon than at any other time during the year, yielding the least amount of daylight annually. On the bright side, the day after the winter solstice marks the beginning of lengthening days leading up to the summer solstice.

"Solstice" is derived from the Latin phrase for "sun stands still."

That's because—after months of growing shorter and lower since the summer solstice—the sun's arc through the sky appears to stabilize, with the sun seeming to rise and set in the same two places for several days. Then the arc begins growing longer and higher in the sky, reaching its peak at the summer solstice.

The solstices occur twice a year (around December 21 and June 21), because Earth is tilted by an average of 23.5 degrees as it orbits the sun—the same phenomenon that drives the seasons.



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#375841 - 23rd Dec 2009 11:35am Re: Winter Solstice - shortest day... [Re: StuyMac]
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What about the Pagans who went down to the Chicken Statues a day early for the Solstice, "But we still had a good time."
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#375892 - 23rd Dec 2009 2:07pm Re: Winter Solstice - shortest day... [Re: BandyCoot]
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Note the times as daylight start gets longer!!

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#375899 - 23rd Dec 2009 2:33pm Re: Winter Solstice - shortest day... [Re: BandyCoot]
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What about the Pagans who went down to the Chicken Statues a day early for the Solstice, "But we still had a good time."
Ancient KFC? think
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