Google's winter solstice 2017 animation. At different times throughout the year, go to a favorite place where you can watch the sunrise or sunset. And I continue to gather solstice tidings, such as this fascinating connection: bull kelp, the seaweed with a large round bulb flawless for making trumpets, starts to grow on December 21st and stops growing on September 21st, the Autumn Equinox, when the balance of hours of night and day are more or less equal.
Also for us in the southern hemisphere, it's not so surprising that the longest day of the year happens in December. If you want the scientific explanation, the Winter Solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of 23.5 degrees.
Fáilte Ireland and the Office of Public Works have teamed up for the broadcast on the shortest day of the year.
As the year progresses you may be surprised how much of a difference there is in the sunrises and sunsets between the winter and summer seasons.
The equator is an imaginary line drawn right around Earth's middle, like a belt. On the Antarctic Circle, the Sun does not set at all on the Winter Solstice. The winter solstice is the precise moment at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun.
Though the distance in the orbit varies, remember the TILT of the Earth is responsible for the change in seasons.
In the pagan tradition, the Goddess gives birth to a son, the God, at Yule, which is around December 21.
Learn more about the solstice and why it's not the coldest day of the year in our scientific guide below. And that's why, for millennia, humans have celebrated the solstice-for the return of the sun that it marks.
Throughout Australia, we'll experience the longest day of the year.
Here's a wonderful time-lapse video of the winter solstice in Fairbanks, Alaska, which gets just about three hours and 41 minutes of daylight at this time. Temperatures will be colder next week, starting with Christmas Day, when highs will be in the 40s (at least a couple of days going forward from there) with overnight lows in the 20s.
This delay in the arrival of our coldest temperatures is better known as seasonal lag.
Most years, it falls on the 21st in the United Kingdom, but sometimes it lands a little bit off-kilter, because it takes the Earth 365 and a quarter days to go around the sun. This tilt is the cause of Earth's seasons.
Saif ali khan and Kareena kapoor celebrating Taimur's First birthday, See Pics
Dec 22, 2017 - 02:13
While everyone expects the birthday to be a grand celebration, Saif Ali Khan revealed it to be a close family affair. But aunt Karisma Kapoor is posting pictures from the grand celebrations and we can't be more thankful to her.
House offers short-term funding for children's health insurance
Dec 22, 2017 - 02:09
The 20-year-old program cost about $15.6 billion in fiscal 2016, funded nearly entirely by the federal government. Thirty-one states are in jeopardy of seeing the funding vanish sooner than expected, according to the report .
The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Trailer Is Here
Dec 22, 2017 - 02:08
Calling on her own mum's experiences, she delves into her mother Donna's past to learn how she coped with being an only parent. It was directed and written by Ol Parker , who takes over helming duties from Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lord.
Tuesday is USPS deadline for delivery of holiday cards by Christmas
Dec 21, 2017 - 01:39
One in five (21%) said at least one delivery did not arrive at all and 18% reported at least one of their packages arrived late. If you have some last-minute presents that you need to ship, your time to do so is running out.
European Union's Michel Barnier to spell out Brexit transition demands
Dec 21, 2017 - 01:30
The 21-month transition would align the UK's final departure with the end of the EU's seven-year budget, to which Britain contributes.
'The Nutcracker And The Four Realms' Teaser: Disney's Sugar-Plum Dance
Dec 20, 2017 - 01:40
Chocolat director Lasse Hallström is bringing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to life from Ashleigh Powell's screenplay. Together, Clara and Philip must also face the dangers of the Fourth Realm, where Helen Mirren's Mother Ginger rules.
Trailer Arrives For Sicario Sequel Soldado
Dec 20, 2017 - 01:39
Sicario 2: Soldado moves to tell a continuation of that story, but without the defining features that made Sicario so great. That's not to say the production value is bad, or that Brolin and del Toro are phoning in their performances.
You Can Manage Your Identity on Facebook Using Face Recognition
Dec 20, 2017 - 01:36
Facebook has used facial recognition technology on photos posted to the site since 2010, to automatically detect and name faces. So, if someone posts your photo to a private group you're not a part of, you won't get a notification about it.
Salvation Army to help local families with donated Christmas gifts
Dec 20, 2017 - 01:35
The Community Foundation will match up to $40,000 in donations made Friday - the biggest match day of the year, he said. The woman said since she got her ring back, she has not taken it off.
Google Pixel, Pixel 2 XL Get Rare Discount Promos
Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45
Now, Google has started rolling out the feature to the masses and sending a notification to update their set up. It looks like owners of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are having issues with the handset after the update.
Arsenal boss Wenger: Ozil wants to stay
Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45
Having taken just two points from their last three games, the Gunners reignited their push for a top-four place. He takes his responsibilities and that is what you want from him.
IS bombers kill nine at Quetta church
Dec 19, 2017 - 11:44
They lauded the quick response of security forces posted to the church which prevented the attackers from causing maximum damage. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a church in Quetta .
Hardik alleges EVMs can be hacked
Dec 19, 2017 - 11:44
According to the PAAS leader, there is a close fight between BJP and the Congress party in the six key constituencies. Hardik Patel again escalated his allegations over BJP for EVM tampering in Gujarat after the results.
Google abandons Project Tango, validates Apple's approach
Dec 19, 2017 - 11:43
Google has announced that its augmented reality Project Tango platform will be discontinued on March 1st, 2018 . Google's ambitious Project Tango has officially been given the boot in favor of the much more advanced ARCore.
SpaceX to launch recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA
Dec 19, 2017 - 11:43
He added that when the public response is, "Oh yeah, another landing, no news there", then SpaceX will have achieved its goals. The company along with Orbital ATK took over resupply missions to the ISS for NASA after the end of the space shuttle program.