Winter Solstice livestream as it happens from Newgrange

Winter Solstice, Daylight Relief in Sight

December 21 is the winter solstice: the shortest day and longest night of the year here in Earth's northern hemisphere. The winter solstice happens because the Earth is tilted which causes our seasons.

Dr O'Kelly is believed to have been the first human to witness the winter solstice from inside Newgrange in millennia.

In Boone the sun will rise at 7:34 a.m. EST and set at 5:15 p.m. EST for a day's length of 9 hours and 41 minutes and 40 seconds.

A lot of us understandably think that during the winter solstice, the earth is farthest from the sun.

The annual occurrence on December 21 signals the transition from fall to winter and the incremental increase of daylight in coming months in the Northern Hemisphere.

The arctic region sees no sunlight on the day of the winter solstice.

"On this day, the tilt of the earth's North Pole is at its farthest from the sun, resulting in the shortest day and the longest night of the calendar year", Google's release states. But that's nearly a minute longer than the shortest solar day, which occurs in mid-September around the time of the equinox.

Parents give teachers wine bottles with picture of son's face for Christmas
News stations across the country have picked up on the tweet , from 10 News Tampa Bay Sarasota to Good Morning America. The mother said Jake isn't a bad kid, but he is "that kid" - a trait he received from his mom.

The word "solstice" is Latin for "sun standing still".

Every year in December visitors from around the world flock to Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice.

You may have noticed the sun deeper toward the southern horizon through the fall.

HollywoodLifers, are you a winter person or a summer person? That doesn't really matter, so long as you're at an latitude with long summer days and short winter days. "The extra 30 seconds of a solar day makes true solar noon - and sunrise and sunset - about 30 seconds later each day".

Let's give you the numbers for the day!

For thousands of years, people have taken part in rituals to mark the occasion.

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