The Old Farmer's lmanac. "First day of Winter 2016: The Winter Solstice."
|Winter Solstice, 12/21/16|
Winter Solstice Dates. "Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it always occurs around December 21 or 22. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it is around June 20 or 21.) In 2016, the winter solstice begins at: .... Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:44 am PST.
What is the Winter Solstice? The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.”
In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on
the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day;
the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at
local noon, also moves southward each day.
At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn." Read more.
Note photograph facepage image to Seasonal Yoga/Winter Solstice.
Posted by Kathy Meeh