The Shortest Day is Coming

 

By Anthony Parrott

illustration of months in the solar system

Did you know the Winter Solstice is coming on December 21 at 11:48 A.M. in the Northern Hemisphere?  Do you know people from various cultures have celebrated the Winter Solstice for thousands of years?  This is the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.  There will be only 7 hours, 49 minutes, and 41 seconds of daylight on Thursday, December 21.  Thousands of years ago, it was celebrated as the rebirth of the sun and was known as Yule and Jul.