Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

For millennia, men and women have held Winter Solstice Celebrations

For millennia, men and women have held Winter Solstice Celebrations

Winter solstice is on December 21 each year When is the winter solstice in 2017?

Stonehenge in England is a neolothithinc monument of large stones, set to record the seasons of the sun, that is nearly 5,000 years old, more recent in cultural history is that during the time roughly, the Romans held their raucous Saturnalia, which was a "good bye to flesh" before the relatively leaner times of the winter. In the Northern Hemisphere, we see the sun take its lowest and shortest path across the southern sky, and at local noon, your shadow will be the longest of the year. Solstice refers to this brief moment: it's the exact time the sun reaches its southernmost point from the equator in December and its northernmost point in June.

This day each year is known as the Winter Solstice. The winter solstice has been honored as a time of divine births for a long time: in Persia, Mithras was said to have been born at this time and in ancient Egypt the date marked the birth of Horus.

The equator is an imaginary line drawn right around Earth's middle, like a belt.

The term solstice literally means "sun stands still".

The sun won't rise until a couple of minutes before 8 a.m. and, in most parts of B.C., it will set shortly before 4 p.m.

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Though the distance in the orbit varies, remember the TILT of the Earth is responsible for the change in seasons. Eastern Time on Thursday, Dec. 21.

Over the years, ancient cultures from Europe to the Americas have developed customs and rituals to revel in the journey toward summer and warmer days.

Even amidst all the depressing news we are surrounded by, the winter solstice gives us a ideal reason to celebrate: whatever is happening in the political world, nature keeps going on her course.

While the cold weather will remain going forward, you should start to notice the days will be longer after December 21. Daylight lasted for just seven hours, 49 minutes and 41 seconds, according to BBC.

Many will not think overly much about the historical nature of the day - let alone show any particular acknowledgment - instead, they will depart work and get into their daily traffic jam, driving in the early dark of a winter afternoon.

From a timing point of view, if you go by your clock or watch then every day is a standard 24 hours long (give or take the odd leap second). It happens because the amount of solar energy arriving at the ground is less than the amount leaving the earth for a few more weeks (a bit like a bank account that starts losing money when you make more withdrawals than deposits).

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