Published: Sat, December 23, 2017
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Winter Solstice pictures and tweets from across Scotland

Winter Solstice pictures and tweets from across Scotland

Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.

Unlike our ancestors, we know the astronomical phenomenon not to do with our distance from the sun but the tilt of the earth and how it orbits around the sun. The first day of winter.

5 hours, 50 minutes: The difference in daylight hours between the winter and summer solstice.

The winter solstice occurs at the moment the Earth's tilt away from the sun is at a maximum. The sun rises at about the same time in both places on Thursday - 7:16 a.m. and 7:17 a.m., respectively - but it sets almost an hour later in St. Augustine - 4:31 p.m. vs. 5:31 p.m.

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This is because the tilt of the Earth's axis is least aligned with the sun, providing us with the least daylight of the year.

Exactly How Short Will The Day Be?

The summer solstice is when the sun's rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

Over on other side of the country, Los Angeles's winter solstice sunset will take place at 4:48 p.m. and will see nine hours and 55 minutes of daylight.

For the past six months, the days have gotten shorter and the nights have grown longer.

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

You would think our temperatures will be at the coldest on the Winter Equinox but the truth is that there is a lag time in the cold.

You may have noticed the sun deeper toward the southern horizon through the fall. Our coldest time of the year is nearly a month later, around January 14 each year.

The exact times of sunrise and sunset depend on two things: your latitude and geographic location within your time zone.

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It was traditionally celebrated by Celtic priests, known as Druids, and each year thousands gather at sacred site Stonehenge to mark the pagan celebration.

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