The 2019 winter solstice was on Sunday 22 December. The winter solstice occurs in December, and in the northern hemisphere the date marks the 24-hour period with the fewest daylight hours of the year. That is why it is known as the shortest day of the year, or the longest night of the year.
When the winter solstice happens in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted about 23.4° (23°27′) away from the Sun. Because the Sun’s rays are shifted southward from the Equator by the same amount, the vertical noon rays are directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (23°27′ S).
Sunday is the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year, with the sun rising about 7am and setting around 5pm across the east of the country. From now the days will gradually start getting longer.
A solstice happens when the sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice, it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees.
As the sun moves higher in the sky between March and June, there are two more minutes of daylight each day.
The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer in places south of the Antarctic Circle and north of the Arctic Circle – including Northern Norway.
Even after the solstice, the sun in winter is so low that more energy escapes from the earth than is absorbed from the sun, so the earth/hemisphere continues to cool, even though days are slowly getting longer. It’s not until roughly a month after the solstice that average temperatures reach their lowest point.
Here are some customary ways to celebrate the solstice —you might notice that some resemble beloved Christmas traditions. Build a Yule Altar. Make an Evergreen Yule Wreath. Burn a Yule Log. Decorate a Yule Tree. Exchange Nature-Based Gifts. Give Back to Nature. Celebrate in Candlelight. Set up a Meditation Space.
27 Winter Solstice Recipes Beef Pot Pie with Guinness1/27. Essentially Irish stew with some lovely store-bought puff pastry plopped on top. Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic2/27. Roasted Bone Marrow3/27. Macaroni Au Gratin4/27. Riz au Lait ~ French Rice Pudding5/27. Scalloped Potatoes 6/27. Slow Roasted Lamb7/27. Pecan Pie Bread Pudding8/27.
The winter solstice was immensely important because the people were economically dependent on monitoring the progress of the seasons. Starvation was common during the first months of the winter, January to April (northern hemisphere) or July to October (southern hemisphere), also known as “the famine months”.
Bottom line: The 2020 June solstice happens on June 20 at 21:44 UTC. That’s 4:44 p.m. CDT in North America. This solstice – which marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere – marks the sun’s most northerly point in Earth’s sky.
A solstice is an event that occurs when the Sun appears to reach its most northerly or southerly excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Two solstices occur annually, around June 21 and December 21.
So, in the Northern Hemisphere you have: Vernal equinox (about March 21): day and night of equal length, marking the start of spring. Summer solstice (June 20 or 21): longest day of the year, marking the start of summer. Autumnal equinox (about September 23): day and night of equal length, marking the start of autumn.
While the solstices result in a change of the length of night and day, the equinoxes do not. The summer and winter solstices result in the longest and shortest day of the year respectively while the equinoxes result in an equal amount of daylight and darkness received all across the earth.
The change in seasons that brings us into the winter solstice can affect your body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates your normal sleep cycles, as well as your ability to produce melatonin, aka your body’s sleep hormone. To put it simply, the lack of sunlight could definitely take a toll on your snooze time.