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Facts about DecemberSolstice


The December Solstice marks the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.


It occurs around December 21st or 22nd each year in the Northern Hemisphere, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year.


In the Southern Hemisphere, the December Solstice takes place around December 21st or 22nd, marking the longest day and shortest night of the year.


The word "solstice" is derived from the Latin words "sol" (sun) and "sistere" (to stand still), reflecting the moment when the sun appears to pause in its seasonal movement.


During the December Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the sun, resulting in the sun's lowest noon altitude of the year.


Conversely, during the December Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the South Pole is tilted farthest away from the sun, leading to the sun's highest noon altitude of the year.


 Many cultures around the world celebrate the December Solstice with various festivals and rituals, often symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness.


Stonehenge, the ancient prehistoric monument in England, is aligned with the winter solstice sunrise. Thousands of people gather there to witness the sun rising directly above the Heel Stone.


In some Scandinavian countries, the December Solstice is associated with the festival of Yule, which involves the lighting of bonfires and the exchange of gifts.


The December Solstice is a pivotal moment in Earth's orbit, representing a transition between the lengthening and shortening of days and influencing various natural phenomena, including animal behaviors and plant growth cycles.


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