The UK Winter Solstice – 22nd December 2019
The Winter Solstice, otherwise known as Midwinter, commences in the UK on Sunday 22nd December from 04:19 onwards. Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night, which means it will slowly be getting lighter again. Quite slowly, but surely! Be sure to wrap up warm out there!
What is the Winter Solstice?
The Winter Solstice will mark a transition period where the days begin getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter in the Southern Hemisphere. The evening of the Winter Solstice will be the longest of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. This is because Earth’s poles create a maximum tilt away from the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere and maximum tilt toward the Sun in the Southern Hemisphere.
Additionally, the Winter Solstice is our shortest day of the year: actually, when there is the shortest amount of time between sunrise and sunset. This typically occurs between December 21st – 22nd. This was originally a time when people celebrated the transitioning from winter into spring. In parts of Northern Europe, you had Yule, whereas in the Eastern parts of Europe, it is called Koleda.
The astronomical seasons occur as the Earth’s axis is on a tilt from the sun, so different parts of the world receive more solar energy than others. The seasons are based on the Earth’s journey around the sun, with the four quarters of the orbit determining our four seasons. This, in turn, creates the seasons
Spring (March, April, May)
Summer (June, July, August)
Autumn (September, October, November)
Winter (December, January, February)
As Winter Solstice marks the week of Christmas, from us all, we wish you all a fantastic festive season! What is ahead for us all in the New Year? What do the signs point out for us! Check back in with us next week!
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