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The Winter Solstice arrived 2 days ago - Great data & maps

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I found this very interesting. We have no category for this, so I am putting it here, as it effects all of these activities.

The winter solstice arrives Wednesday. These 5 maps explain the shortest day of the year
It’s certainly felt like winter in much of the country these last few weeks. And if you’re a weather enthusiast, winter already began on Dec. 1. However, if you prefer the traditional, astronomy-based definition, then winter officially begins with the solstice, at 5:44 a.m. Eastern time on Dec. 21.

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.

If you’re an avid sun observer, or just want to learn more about the solstice, have a look at these five maps to learn more:

1. Solstice day and night world map

tilted 23.5 degrees, each hemisphere receives different amounts of sunlight as our planet orbits the sun.

The December solstice occurs when the sun’s direct rays reach their southernmost position with respect to Earth’s equator. At that moment, the sun shines directly overhead at 23.5 degrees south latitude, along the Tropic of Capricorn (this year, the sun will be straight overhead in southern Africa when the solstice arrives).

Since the sun’s direct rays reach their southernmost point with respect to Earth’s equator, the December solstice brings us the southernmost sunrise and sunset of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, we see the sun take its lowest and shortest path across the southern sky. That means if you catch a glimpse of the sun at local noon, your shadow will be the longest of the year.

2. Daylight hours on the winter solstice

The solstice is the shortest day of the year, but how long is the sun up where you live? This map — the first of four created by Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider — shows how daylight hours vary with latitude across North America:

see chart).

In Washington, the sun is up for 9 hours and 26 minutes (rising at 7:23 a.m. and setting at 4:49 p.m.). That’s about an hour less daylight than in South Florida, but still an hour longer than in cities across the Northern Tier, like Minneapolis and Seattle.
solstice hours.jpg


see more at the source:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...-explain-the-solstice/?utm_term=.850bed7b5405
 

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I feel like the solstices should have some type of ceremony going on. The longest day of the year should be a huge party.
 

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As a shift worker I can attest to my hate for December 22nd.
 

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I feel like the solstices should have some type of ceremony going on. The longest day of the year should be a huge party.
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day / longest night or the year.
CATHOLIC CHURCH Inc. "sol"-lected December 25 as the day to celebrate Christ's birth to bring the Pagans on board. (church got tired of killing them) Telling them their religion was along the same lines as Christianity. Shared values.

Truth is Jesus could have been born anywhere from September to December. September / What became September was viewed in those days as the month of / for Royal Births.
Which could have been why the Jewish Leadership winced at the title the Jewish commoners used for Jesus - "King of the Jews".
The initials on the top of a crucifix are the Latin Letters for that title - King of the Jews.

So it is in away way the celebration of the Pagan Solstice too just a few days late.
 

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I feel like the solstices should have some type of ceremony going on. The longest day of the year should be a huge party.
There are some great Summer Soltice events here in NorCal; mostly involving music, herb and alcoholic beverages.