5 Curious Facts About The Winter Solstice You Need to Know
5 Curious Facts About the Winter Solstice You Need to Know
With the holiday season bearing down on us, perhaps you’re just vaguely aware of the approaching winter solstice, It’s that astronomical event when we in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest night and shortest day of the year while those in the Southern Hemisphere will have their longest day and shortest night of the year. This happens when the sun travels the shortest path through the sky, thus the least daylight and the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere.
What are the 5 Curious Facts About the Winter Solstice You Need to Know?
In case you’re not aware, the date of the winter solstice is not the same every year because the time it takes for the sun to return to its same spot relative to our planet varies from year to year. For this reason, this event takes place anywhere between December 20 and December 23 each year.
Whether you’re someone who’s a big fan of the winter season or otherwise, Breast Cancer Car Donations encourages you to welcome this year’s winter solstice on December 21 this year by checking out these 5 curious facts about the winter solstice you need to know:
1. It occurs at the same moment for everyone on Earth.
One of the most amazing things about the winter solstice is that it takes place at the same specific moment for everyone around the globe. It corresponds to that exact minute the North Pole is on the 23.5-degree tilt of the Earth’s axis and aimed furthest away from the sun. When this happens, the sun shines directly above the Tropic of Capricorn, which is the southern-most position, and appears to stand still.
2. The word ‘solstice’ is Latin.
“Solstice” comes from two Latin words, “sol” (“sun”) and “sistere” (“to stand still”). Solstice literally means “the sun stands still.” During the winter solstice, the seasonal movement of the sun’s daily path briefly stops before changing its direction.
3. It’s the ‘extreme of winter’ for the Northern Hemisphere.
You’re probably aware that as the winter solstice approaches, daylight hours become shorter. In fact, New York will only get 9 hours and 15 minutes of sunlight while Helsinki, Finland will only experience 5 hours and 49 minutes of it. Meanwhile, Barrow, Alaska won’t have a sunrise until January.
4. The ancients believed that it’s a time of death and rebirth.
Early civilizations faced a real threat of starvation over the winter months in the seeming death of the light. For this reason, our ancestors performed certain rites that were meant to usher in the return of the sun. Pagans from Germany and Scandinavia used to light fires and burned Yule logs to welcome the light back.
5. People thought that the world would end on the winter solstice of 2012.
Did you know that many people had thought that some cataclysmic event would lead to the end of the world on December 21, 2012? They believed that this date marked the end of the world’s 5,126-year cycle according to the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar that was used by the ancient Mayans.
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