Winter Solstice

Definition of Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is the day that marks the shortest period of sunlight and the longest period of nightfall for the northern hemisphere. It is also called ‘midwinter,’ and ‘longest day.’

This is when the Earth is tilted farthest away from the Sun in its orbit. This happens twice a year, and it is opposite for each hemisphere. From the Earth, this is when the Sun seems highest in the sky.

Midwinter is one of the four quarter days in many different traditions; the others being the spring equinox, the autumnal (or vernal) equinox and the summer solstice (also called midsummer).

In the southern hemisphere, these quarter days are opposite to each other, and the midwinter for the northern hemisphere is actually midsummer for the south.

TERM OF THE DAY

Gibbous

When someone says the moon is gibbous, it means that more than 50% of the moon is illuminated in the sky. This happens when the moon is moving towards a full moon and after the full moon when we are approaching a new moon.

Read the full Gibbous definition

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