Published: Sat, December 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

There's some hope to be found in the gloom of these dark December days: The winter solstice is here, which means the days will gradually get longer after Friday.

To talk about the science behind winter solstice, it marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere since the sun is positioned at its most southerly position while directly overheating at the Tropic of Capricorn.

In India, winter solstice will take place at 3.53 a.m. on December 22 and will be marked by a host of religious observances and celebrations.

The winter solstice occurs when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted the furthermost from the sun, decreasing the amount of energy that reaches Earth.

The solstice, which marks the start of winter, is actually a single moment in the Earth's orbit when the northern hemisphere is most inclined away from the sun.

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The last time a full moon occurred on the Winter Solstice was in 2010, and the next one won't occur again until 2094. Native Americans marked December's full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year. Because of this year's overlap, NASA's meteor expert Bill Cooke dubbed the meteor shower the "Cursed Ursids".

For those who want to celebrate, there are a number of events in Seattle.

However, many of you already have seen at least some cold and snow for weeks prior to the winter solstice.

The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. The crowds await chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb.

Winter Solstice in China is referred to as the Dongzhi Festival. The treat is said to bring prosperity and unity.

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