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Winter solstice: what is it and when does it take place this year?

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The northern hemisphere’s winter solstice is just one day away.

The shortest day of this year 2021 will be Tuesday, December 21 at 10:59 a.m. ET and 7:59 a.m. PT.

This is the official start of what is called astronomical winter.

At the winter solstice, we have the fewest hours of sunshine of the whole year.

A man crosses the street during a snowstorm in Hoboken, NJ, in March 2018 in this photo. This year’s winter solstice – the shortest day in the northern hemisphere – begins December 21, 2021. From there, the days will gradually grow longer.
(AP Photo / Seth Wenig)

The winter solstice takes place every year on December 21 or 22 – and from there the days will start to grow longer.

Read on for a deeper dive into what happens during this astronomical phenomenon.

By the way, what is the winter solstice?

“The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year,” according to the National Weather Service.

“In the northern hemisphere, this occurs when the sun is directly over the tropic of Capricorn, which is located 23.5 ° south of the equator and crosses Australia, Chile, southern Brazil. and northern South Africa. “


The northern hemisphere, which includes the United States, is tilted at its furthest point from the sun when the winter solstice occurs, according to NASA.

Of course, not everyone in the world will experience this phenomenon on December 21. The southern hemisphere will have its summer solstice – the longest day of the year – instead.

Will I notice anything unusual on December 21st?

The sun will be at its lowest point in the sky around noon, Dr. Noah Petro of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center told Fox News.

The sun’s course during the day will be “the lowest you will ever see,” Dr. Jackie Faherty, Senior Scientist and Education Officer, Department of Astrophysics and Department of Education, American Museum of Natural History, has previously spoken to Fox News about this phenomenon.

This includes where the sun sets, where it rises and the highest point it reaches, she explained.

What else do I need to know about the winter solstice?

“The thing to celebrate at the solstice is that the days are starting to get longer,” Petro also said.

The northern hemisphere summer solstice will take place on Tuesday, June 21.

“Although the winter solstice marks the shortest period of sunshine in the northern hemisphere, it is not the day of the last sunrise or the first sunset,” NASA said. “Most places in mid-latitudes see their first sunset two weeks before the solstice, while the last sunrise does not occur until early January.”


By the way, when does spring 2022 begin?

The first day of spring, also known as the vernal equinox, will be in the Northern Hemisphere on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 11:33 a.m. ET / 8:33 a.m. PT.

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