Google Marks Winter Solstice, Shortest Day Of The Year With A Doodle

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That's because it's winter solstice, a day on which most of the U.S. clocks fewer than 10 hours of daylight, reports the Washington Post.

Ah yes, today at 5:23 p.m. winter starts and will end on Wednesday, March 20, a total of 89 days. It is at this point the Earth is tilted at its farthest point from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere.

This is when when the sun appears to be at its southernmost point in the sky; as such, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day of the year, and the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day of the year, on the December solstice, according to EarthSky. The Sun will be directly above the Tropic of Capricorn at noon, marking the longest day in the southern hemisphere. This is a minor meteor shower, so people should only expect to see a few shooting stars per hour.

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A rare combination of astronomical events will allow fans of science and nature to enjoy the Ursids meteor shower and a full moon on Winter Solstice this afternoon. The moon is set to become officially full on December 22 at 12:49 p.m. EST. At the peak there should be about 11 sporadic meteors per hour just before dawn. Meanwhile, the Northern Hemisphere is pointed away from the sun and catching much less radiation.

Although some people think that the whole day is the solstice, there is actually a specific time in the day when the solstice occurs. The day and time of the solstice vary every year.

At Stonehenge, people come together to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous stones. Crowds selected by lottery wait for a chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb. The treat is said to bring prosperity and unity.

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