Winter Solstice livestream as it happens from Newgrange

Winter Solstice livestream as it happens from Newgrange

The shortest "day" of the year is tomorrow 12/21/17 with 9 hours, 11 minutes and 30 seconds. That's the home of the account's creator, web developer and npm CTO Laurie Voss.

It's often referred to as the shortest day of the year, and it is, sort of.

EarthSky said: "You might notice how low the sun appears in the sky at local noon". The winter solstice is the precise moment at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun. It's easiest to imagine when you consider an Earth-centric view - instead of having a tilted Earth orbiting the Sun, we imagine that the Sun follows a tilted orbit around the Earth.

Additionally, winter's shortest day is typically not the coldest day of the year.

The Earth's tilted axis causes the seasons.

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He explained that the sun gradually lights the chamber over five days, peaking today on 21 December. That is the turning point of summer and the longer day of the year.

Every year there's a lottery to allow a few people to see this in person, but with 32,522 entries, you've got precious little chance of attending.

It just so happens that not all days are created equal - and of all the months, December is when we get the most value out of our days.

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin words sol sistere, which means "sun standing still".

However, most locations don't have their earliest sunset or latest sunrise on the solstice. This will give us our longest day. "Ancient structures that allow you to track the shifting position of the sun between its extremes are found all over the world".

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