Winter is here...The solstice marks the shortest day of the year

What Does The Winter Solstice Mean? An Explanation Of The Phenomenon & Its Cultural Impact Koichi Kamoshida  Getty Images News  Getty Images

Today marks the winter solstice, which means it's also the shortest day of the year for many of us.

The short day length is created as the earth orbits the sun. That's the home of the account's creator, web developer and npm CTO Laurie Voss.

For the past six months, the days have gotten shorter and the nights have grown longer.

The solstice occurs at 11:28 a.m., the moment the North Pole is tilted the farthest from the sun and the South Pole tilted most toward it.

You may have noticed the sun deeper toward the southern horizon through the fall.

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Winter solstice has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Britain, pre-dating Christianity. During the summer solstice for the north, the sun is overhead the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere; but in December, it's overhead for the Southern Hemisphere. The tilt of the Earth - not our distance from the sun - is what causes winter and summer.

If you don't like the cold, here's a silver lining: Whatever the rest of winter brings, daylight is once again on the upswing. But the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun and receives less solar energy. The good news is, the winter solstice is the start of daylight relief. But that's nearly a minute longer than the shortest solar day, which occurs in mid-September around the time of the equinox.

The exact times of sunrise and sunset depend on two things: your latitude and geographic location within your time zone.

Stonehenge, a monument outside of London, hosts one of the world's largest winter solstice celebrations, according to National Geographic.

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