Posted by BC on December 16th, 2009
Winter solstice occurs on 21 December 2009. An Earth solstice occurs when the axial tilt is at the greatest in relation to our Sun. During winter solstice, the North Pole is pointing as far away from Sun as possible. This point in time is when the Sun is the farthest south we see it, and it is also when we have our shortest day. Temperatures are generally reaching colder levels because of the lack of sunlight, and anyone north of the Tropic of Cancer feel the chill. People in the Southern Hemisphere feel the opposite effect.
Christmas is celebrated at a time determined by the winter solstice. More and more people hold solstice parties of various sorts. Are you celebrating the solstice in some fashion?