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Winter Solstice Is Celebrated At Stonehenge

So the December 21 solstice falls in the middle of their summer, while the June solstice is their winter.

The winter solstice is not normally the coldest day of the year. All in all, the idea of the winter solstice is pretty depressing, especially because there are still three solid months of winter left.

EarthSky said: "You might notice how low the sun appears in the sky at local noon". O'Kelly stood inside the famous passage tomb as the light from the rising sun travelled 19m up the corridor to illuminate the central chamber. The day is also referred to as the day the sun turns around.

Why doesn't the earliest sunset come on the shortest day? If you're farther north, your earliest sunsets are around December 7. Here in Las Vegas, we can expect 9.5 to 10 hours of sunlight. So if you find yourself awake in the wee hours of the American morning, here's the livestream.

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The Isles of Shetland and Orkney were treated to the stark contrast of a midday sun barely limping over the horizon before retreating back down to call it a day. No sunlight for you!

And why is the Earth tilted? The coldest days of the year won't happen until January or February. This will give us our longest day. But seeing as how Earth's days will continue getting longer (read the science behind it here), there will be many more opportunities in the future to have the "longest night ever".

Kepler's second law of planetary motion, tells us that the Earth will be moving faster when it's closest to the Sun (at perihelion) and slower when it's further away from the Sun (at aphelion).

But when will the sun set on today's winter solstice and what does it mean?

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