On December 21, the annual astronomical phenomenon will mark the shortest day of the year.
EVERY year, the longest and shortest days are marked by a solstice when people celebrate the astronomical event observing the sunrise.
But when does the sun set on today’s winter solstice and what does it mean?
When is the winter solstice in 2017?
The winter solstice is December 21 (TODAY) and is the “shortest” day of the year and marks the beginning of the winter period.
This is because the tilt of the Earth’s axis is less aligned with the sun, which gives us the lowest light of the year.
After December 21, the nights will begin to shorten as our planet turns towards the sun.
The date on which the earth is closer to the sun is January 3 at 5.35pm GMT. On the day of the summer solstice, the earth is at one of the furthest distances from the sun in the calendar enter.
The solstices are where the sun is directly over the tropics and has nothing to do with the distances from the sun.
Although the shortest day in the northern hemisphere is on the winter solstice day, sunsets have already arrived later in the last few nights, but sunrises are also being made later. This is caused by Analemma, the speed of the rotation of the earth. It is partially noticeable at this time of year, especially in the mornings.
The last sunrise of the year is around New Year’s Day with the earliest sunset around December 13. The logo of the virgin media is the Analemma land. In an elliptical orbit, the hours of the day are not exactly 24, but in the year the average is 24.
When the earth is closer to the sun, in December and January the Earth turns a little slower making the nights go faster but the mornings do not. In mid-February and that starts to reverse when the mornings leave in 2-3 minutes a day
What time is the sunset on the shortest day of the year?
On the shortest day of the year, the sun sets VERY early, sinking below the horizon in the UK around 3:54 pm, depending on its exact location.
What happens at Stonehenge on the winter solstice?
Every year, in December, visitors from all over the world come to Stonehenge to celebrate the winter solstice.
Early on the morning of December 21, visitors who gather to watch the sunrise over the stones celebrate the astronomical phenomenon.
The sunrise of the day is at 8.04 a.m.
The organizers of the event write on their website: “The winter solstice is the most important day of the year at Stonehenge and a truly magical time to be there.
“It’s an ad hoc celebration that brings together the New Age Tribes of England (neo-Druids, neo-pagans, Wiccans) with ordinary families, tourists, travelers and party people, hundreds of them!”